Call Now For A FREE Consultation
Law Office of Jack L. Stillman, P.A.

Manalapan New Jersey Legal Blog

Ensuring the safety of retail workers over the holidays

Retail workers in New Jersey, as elsewhere, will be stocking shelves, packing boxes and delivering products at greater speed during the holiday season, and this could raise their risk for injuries due to slips, falls and excessive manual lifting. For this reason, OSHA is reminding employers about their duties to their employees.

Those with expanded work schedules are especially prone to workplace stress. Though they may benefit from the extra pay they earn, this comes at the price of less sleep and less time with family. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 24 percent of U.S. employees in 2016 reported that work interfered with their ability to meet personal and family obligations.

OSHA emphasizes joint liability for temporary worker safety

The use of temporary workers is common throughout New Jersey and the rest of the U.S. These days, staffing agencies supply workers for more than office or janitorial work. A good portion of temporary workers are used in factory settings, construction work and transportation industries, where the risk of industrial accidents are higher.

An issue that often arises with temporary workers is the determination of responsibility in the event of an injury or accident. Staffing agencies can attempt to shift blame to the host company and vice versa. When this shifting occurs, a hurt worker could be left in the lurch and delayed injury compensation. By utilizing a large portion of temporary workers, some companies may attempt to avoid the applicable safety regulations required for permanent employees.

Electrical safety is a must in wet conditions

When the weather turns sour in New Jersey, and rain, sleet, ice or snow make your work harder than usual, it's important that you're prepared to avoid injuries. If you work with electricity, that means being cautious not to suffer an electric shock.

As you know, water is conductive, which means that electricity passes through it easily. If you are in water at the time of an electric shock, it's more likely to cause damage than if you are not. Similarly, if you're approaching a downed line, any puddle or grouping of water touching it could be electrified.

OSHA names major workplace safety violations

Workers in New Jersey may face an array of dangers on the job, especially if they work on heights or in construction areas. This can be especially true when employers violate safety regulations. A deputy director of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, announced the agency's top 10 workplace safety violations at the 2018 National Safety Council congress. The statistics, collected between October 2017 and September 2018, identified the safety regulations most frequently violated by employers across the country.

Many of the featured workplace safety issues have figured prominently year after year in the OSHA statistics. For example, the top issue repeated for the past several years was failure to provide fall protection. Employers have a duty to provide proper protective equipment to help workers on heights prevent falls or mitigate the consequences if one occurs. However, OSHA found 7,270 cases in which employers failed to provide this gear to employees working on unprotected edges or on rooftops. This was not the only issue related to fall protection. Failure to provide proper training on these issues was the eighth most common workplace safety violation during the year. Employers failed to train workers or did not ensure that the trainer was competent to do so.

Safety officials say drugged driving is on the rise

New Jersey is one of many states that have legalized medical marijuana, and the number of states that have legalized recreational use of the drug has been expanding as well. With the increase in legal use of marijuana and the problem of prescription drug abuse, the National Transportation Safety Board is calling for more work to be done to combat the problem of drug-impaired driving.

On Oct. 16, the NTSB asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to write standards for roadside drug testing devices and give additional guidance to states on how to fight drug-impaired driving.

OSHA updates NEP for trench and excavation safety

Construction workers in New Jersey should know that trenching and excavation operations are leading to more fatalities. Between 2011 and 2016, OSHA recorded 130 fatalities related to such operations. Approximately 49 percent occurred between 2015 and 2016 alone. The private construction industry accounted for 80 percent, numbering 104, of all the fatalities.

Seeing a need for increased enforcement of trenching and excavation safety standards, OSHA has updated its National Emphasis Program for the field. The revised NEP went into effect on Oct. 1. OSHA has stipulated that its regional and area offices provide outreach for 90 days following Oct. 1; this way, employers can ensure that they comply with safety standards.

Employee engagement improves safety at workplaces

New Jersey employees naturally want to avoid injuries on the job. Their desire to remain safe, however, can either be encouraged or discouraged by management. An employer that consistently communicates safety procedures to employees and invites their feedback about potential safety problems can reduce incidents by as much as 70 percent compared to disengaged employers.

Employers can successfully manage workplace hazards by training all staff members about safety instead of leaving those concerns solely in the hands of a safety manager. Safety management software helps companies track data about injuries. This technology can also include mobile applications where workers can view safety alerts. An involved staff that has access to updates about safety guidelines and knows that problems can be reported without retaliation will produce better results than employees kept in the dark about safety issues.

You can file a claim for your repetitive-strain injury

Repetitive trauma is common in workplaces where you do similar things day after day. For example, if you work in education, you probably stand, use a chalkboard and grade papers regularly, all repetitive motions. If you work in a factory, you might wrap items or move them several times a minute in similar movement patterns. If you are a writer, you could use a keyboard for many hours a day. In any case where you're doing similar actions time and time again, you could end up with a repetitive-strain injury.

In New Jersey, repetitive trauma cases are normally compensated under the Workers' Compensation Act. To be able to make a claim, you will need to determine the date of injury. Knowing the date of the accident is necessary when you file a claim.

The common hazards construction workers face

Construction workers make up about 6 percent of the overall workforce throughout New Jersey and the rest of the U.S. However, they accounted for 20 percent of employee deaths in the private sector according to OSHA data. One of the biggest hazards workers face on a construction site is falling. Falls can occur because of an unstable surface or because they weren't using a ladder in a safe manner. They can also occur because workers failed to use or improperly used protective equipment.

Employees may be at risk for getting hurt or killed on a construction site because of electrical hazards. Therefore, workers should know where power lines and other utilities are located. It's also important to have a plan to avoid them while working. Furthermore, a safety plan should account for forklifts, cranes and other large equipment used on a job site. This can help to prevent accidents related to construction workers being hit by objects.

New awareness campaign targets drugged drivers

Drug-impaired driving is increasing in New Jersey and across the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As a result, the agency is launching a new campaign to raise awareness about the issue. The initiative will run through Labor Day, which falls on Sept. 3 this year.

The new campaign is similar to drunk driving initiatives like the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. The taglines for the drug-impaired initiative are "If You Feel Different, You Drive Different" and "If You Drive High, You Get a DUI".

Email Us For A Response

Do You Have A Legal Question?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy


Law Office of Jack L. Stillman, P.A.
112 Craig Road
Manalapan, NJ 07726

Toll Free: 732-333-8942
Phone: 732-333-8942
Fax: 732-462-7041
Manalapan Law Office Map