Trenches and excavations can be some of the most dangerous locations on the job for construction workers in New Jersey. A number of workplace accidents and injuries take place in these underground depressions, cuts and cavities created through the moving of massive quantities of earth. While the construction industry can pose a significant risk of on-the-job injuries due to the use of heavy machinery, engagement in intense physical labor and the incomplete structures involved, trenches and excavations pose a particular risk of collapses and cave-ins.
Whether in New Jersey or another state, tree care is one of the most dangerous industries. Surprisingly, there is no OSHA standard regarding the safety of tree care employees; the agency currently relies on a miscellany of rules and regulations to keep tree care employers informed about serious hazards and how to prevent them.
Fatigue, both physical and mental, is a major risk for emergency medical service workers in New Jersey and across the nation. It can lead to accidents as well as poor decisions when providing patient care. This is why the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the National Association of State EMS Officials have come together to create guidelines protecting EMS workers.
More women are choosing to work in the New Jersey construction industry, and they face unique safety concerns as compared to their male coworkers. Because of these unique risks, it is important for companies to have programs in place that are focused on minimizing the potential harms that are faced by women.
New Jersey employers are required to keep their workers safe. The use of mirrors may make it easier to see around corners or otherwise provide workers with increased vision in tight spots. Mirrors may be better than simply equipping a forklift or other moving object with the ability to make noise when moving in reverse. This is because the noise in a warehouse or other workplace could negate any noise a forklift or other object makes.
People are working longer and later in life, in New Jersey and across the U.S. An analysis of federal employment data by the Pew Research Center found that the percentage of Americans who were 65 or older and working at least part time increased from 12.8 percent in 2000 to 18.8 percent in 2016. The increasing age of the oldest workers presents challenges when it comes to workplace communication.
Diversion of solid waste into recycling operations reduces problems with landfill expansion and provides positive benefits for New Jersey communities. As with any other workplace, composting and other recycling sites present a number of safety risks that must be addressed through a combination of regulation and education. The Solid Waste Association of North America included composting operations in a safety campaign called "Five to Stay Alive".
New Jersey plumbing construction workers may have a growing reason to be concerned about a popular method of repairing water pipes. Studies have shown that the method could release toxic fumes with as-yet-unknown health effects on the workers who frequently use it.
New Jersey employees who work for companies on the list of Corporate Knights' Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations may not necessarily have strong regulations around reporting safety and health issues in their workplaces. According to a report from the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability, in comparison to a study done in 2013, there has not been much improvement on reporting in these organizations.
New Jersey construction workers should be aware that deadly trench accidents around the country more than doubled in 2016, according to data from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This is especially troubling because construction contractors can prevent trench collapses and other trench-related accidents by following established safety procedures.