Job stress refers to the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker. Job stress can lead to poor health and even injury.
Employees with the highest level of job control – such as the ability to make work-related decisions on their own – are less likely to have high blood pressure than those with lower levels of control, according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and its university partners.
Employers must set up the work place to prevent employees from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls. OSHA requires that fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces, five feet in shipyards, six feet in the construction industry and eight feet in longshoring operations.
Over 5.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) live across the United States. In 2013, approximately 1,319,000 AI/AN workers were employed in the U.S. workforce1,2. AI/AN workers are 42 percent more likely to be employed in a high-risk occupation (defined as an occupation where the injury and illness rate is more than twice the national average) as compared to non-Hispanic Whites.3
After securing the necessary federal permits, a company that wants to build a 124-mile gas pipeline found itself blocked at the state level on Friday – Earth Day – when New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) denied water quality permits for the project.
OSHA’s silica rule comes under Congressional scrutiny, the FAA OKs a “greener” jet fuel, and an unusually high number of needlestick injuries are found at a New Jersey hospital. These were among the top occupational safety and health related stories featured on ISHN.com this week.
Four days before Hurricane Sandy struck in October, 2013, Consolidated Edison Co. sought 1,800 power line repair workers from its fellow utilities to help respond to the massive storm brewing in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the Claims Journal.