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Could New Jersey Construction Companies Do More to Protect Workers from Falls?

A worker was seriously injured in a construction accident where he fell two stories after stepping backwards into an opening in a house that was being built. The 30-year-old worker cracked his head on the basement floor and sustained a traumatic brain injury. While the rescue was complicated by the fact the basement stairs had

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How Did This Construction Worker Sustain 2nd-Degree Burns?

A worker was injured in a construction accident last month that resulted in second-degree burns on his torso and arms. According to a statement released, the construction worker was transferring fuel from underground tanks to newer tanks above ground. As the worker was cutting into the old tank to clean it, sparks from the device

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Is This NJ Facility Exposing Workers to Chemical Hazards?

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) paid a visit to Solvay Specialty Polymers USA, LLC, and it cost the facility $115,000. OSHA inspected the facility as part of its national effort to emphasize safety within chemical facilities and stop them from exposing workers to chemical hazards. According to

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How Will This New Asbestos Exposure Law Affect New Jersey Residents?

Asbestos exposure is linked to many serious respiratory diseases and types of cancers, including the following: Mesothelioma Lung cancer Asbestosis Although federal exposure limits were set for the workplace in the 1970s, approximately 10,000 people continue to die each year from illnesses caused by asbestos. While asbestos is primarily used for its heat and fire-resistant

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Why Did OSHA Cite This New Jersey Company $57,000?

Last month, Bolivar Enterprises L.L.C., a New Jersey-based company in Union City was fined $57,000 by the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for nine serious safety violations. The investigation was opened after a worker fell while removing the siding from a three-story residential building. According to the report, the worker was

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How Were Four Workers Hurt at a Newark Airport?

According to NBC New York, four workers were hurt recently at the Newark Liberty International Airport when a cargo hangar collapsed. The news outlet reported that the accident occurred around 2 p.m. on September 9. The hangar was being prepared for demolition when the incident occurred. Two of the four workers were allegedly seriously injured,

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Are New Jersey Workers In Danger of Electrical Accidents?

In 2013, electrocutions were responsible for 71 fatal construction accidents. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) considers electrocutions to be in its “top four” category for fatal construction accidents, following closely behind falls and being caught in machinery. Due to the threat of electrical hazards to worker safety, OSHA has strict guidelines

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Are New Jersey Employers Exposing Workers to Dangerous Chemicals?

Work accidents do not always result in immediate injuries, and sometimes the effects from working in an unsafe work environment can take years to develop. Chemical exposure can leave workers with respiratory illnesses, a higher risk of cancer and permanent disability. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a New Jersey staffing agency

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How Do OSHA Policies Protect Workers From Workplace Accidents and Death?

Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials have fined a Paterson-based box manufacturer after a worker was injured by unsafe working conditions. Investigations into the company began earlier in May when another employee activated a machine with the worker inside. OSHA officials are claiming that the company did not implement necessary safety protocols to prevent the

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Are Employers Keeping Their Workers Safe From Chemical Exposure?

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials have fined a Somerville custom-order cabinetry company $136,000 for exposing workers to methylene chloride, a known carcinogen. Methylene chloride exposure puts workers at an increased risk for cancer and organ damage. During the OSHA investigation last March, 15 violations of worker safety were uncovered, including three that were

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