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September 2016 Archives

New rule proposed to test truck drivers for sleep apnea

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is in the process of considering to move forward with a proposed rule designed to initiate a study of sleep apnea among commercial semi-truck drivers. Truck driver fatigue is a major problem on U.S. roadways, including in New Jersey.

OSHA gives first report on Severe Injury Report Program

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a report regarding the results of its Severe Injury Report Program. New Jersey workers might remember that the new rule to require employers to report to the agency about certain injuries was implemented on Jan. 1, 2015, so this is the first year of results.

AAA road safety forum to be held in New Jersey

Lawmakers, senior police officers and road safety advocates are scheduled to meet in New Jersey on Oct. 18 to talk about what can be done to stem a surge in the number of traffic accident fatalities. The meeting, which is being hosted by AAA, is one of several such forums that will be held across the country in the coming months. The organization decided to take action after federal accident data showed that road deaths, which had been declining steadily since the 1970s, increased by more than 7 percent in 2015 from the previous year.

How HR can help make workplaces safer

Workplace safety needs to be a priority for New Jersey business owners and business owners throughout the nation. Employees could be at risk for injury regardless of whether they work outside or behind a desk in an office. Typically, the issue only gets more important as a company grows and tries to balance safety with efficiency. Ideally, a company will work toward creating a safety culture where everyone takes ownership of their health and the well-being of their fellow worker.

Domestic violence victims prone to traumatic brain injuries

Domestic violence is a pervasive problem nationwide, and some victims in New Jersey could be suffering from traumatic brain injuries inflicted by their abusers. Physicians suspect that repeated beatings can lead to problems like memory loss and confusion.

Injuries reported in 10-car pile up on New Jersey Turnpike

A photograph on social media showed people waiting outside of their vehicles while authorities responded to a collision of 10 vehicles on Aug. 28 on the New Jersey Turnpike. About 15 people reportedly suffered minor injuries. Police have not identified the cause of the accident that took place between Roosevelt Avenue and Goethals Bridge.

Taking action after vehicle recalls in New Jersey

Car owners who receive recall notices may be wise to act on them right away. Even if a recall is for something minor, a small problem can turn into a larger mechanical issue. In 2015, there were 900 recalls involving more than 51 million vehicles, and the most common recalls involved airbags and ignition switches.

Preventing workplace accidents in New Jersey

The penalty for not making safety a priority at work can be steep for many employers. They may be liable for fines stemming from OSHA violations, workers compensation insurance premium increases or paying for damages related to a worker getting hurt. After an accident, a company may also have to deal with bad publicity that could impact the ability to hire top workers or retain current employees.

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