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Dangers of occupational burnout and fatigue in the workplace

Experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation attorneys explain the risks Getting enough sleep and rest isn’t just about staying healthy. It’s about avoiding workplace accidents. Recent studies have found that fatigue often results in serious workplace accidents. According to a study conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 13 percent of work-related injures occurred due...

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Workers sickened by COVID-19 could collect workers' comp under new bill

On March 21, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy issued a statewide stay-at-home order (Executive Order No. 107), urging all residents to stay home unless obtaining essential goods and services. While some New Jersey workers are able to work from home, others must risk their lives and health each day during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic....

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An overexertion injury cannot be overexaggerated

  Overexertion injuries are also known as ergonomic injuries. They cause soft tissue disorders to muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilage, blood vessels and spinal discs. The symptoms of an overexertion injury range from posture problems and intermittent discomfort to tendinitis, chronic pain and disability. Some of the leading causes are work that involves: Lifting,...

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Can Earbuds Increase the Risk of a Workplace Accident?

Earbuds have become increasingly popular among millenials and post-millenials — some of whom listen to music, audiobooks, and podcasts while at work. This may not be problematic in some occupations, ESH Today reports that they can be hazardous in high-risk industries. These include manufacturing, construction, warehousing and transportation, among several other occupations. According to the U.S. Department of Labor,...

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Companies are behind the curve on retail warehouse safety

New Jersey is home to many retail warehouses, including one owned by the online retail giant, Amazon. We've all heard about the horrors that often occur in Amazon warehouses and distribution centers, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. Lack of attentiveness and poor safety practices endanger warehouse workers each day — the problem is...

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Feds: Companies that assign workers to use hazardous materials must provide eyewash equipment

Workplaces that feature materials that can harm and even blind employees must be equipped with eyewash equipment that’s easy to reach and easy to use, according to federal law. The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to be prepared for eye emergencies by providing eyewash and shower equipment in an area...

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Injuries and missed days penalize employers who fail to prepare holiday workers for physically demanding jobs

Lifting, bending and other physical exertions that are unfamiliar to seasonal workers can escalate into injuries and other problems around the holidays. The prospect that workplace injuries will likely rise over the holiday season stems largely from many companies failing to prepare workers for the physically demanding work that they are asked to do. An...

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The Best Ideas For Preventing Forklift Accident on Loading Docks

Warehouses in New Jersey are often dangerous places for workers. When not operated with due care, forklifts can go from being essential to fatal in a matter of seconds. The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that 270,000 transportation-related injuries occurred in warehouses across the United States in 2017 — many of which involved forklifts. During the...

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New Jersey Governor Signs Into Law 2 Bills to Benefit Injured Motorists

Earlier this year, a New Jersey Supreme Court opinion in the case of Haines V. Taft held that plaintiffs could no longer pursue unreimbursed medical expenses less than the personal injury protection (PIP) limit of $250,000 after being injured in a car accident. That opinion, however, was quickly overruled by two new bills: S. 2432 and S....

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