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OSHA enforces trenching and excavation safety standards

New Jersey residents who work in construction should know that trenching and excavation operations are resulting in more and more fatalities. OSHA recorded 130 trenching/excavation-related fatalities between 2011 and 2016, with 49 percent of them occurring between 2015 and 2016. Roughly 80 percent of these fatalities occurred within the private construction industry. OSHA has stated that trench collapsing is a risk in virtually all operations.

To increase enforcement of trenching and excavation safety standards, OSHA updated its National Emphasis Program. The revised NEP went into effect Oct. 1. For the first 90 days from that date, OSHA's regional and area offices will be providing outreach to employers to assist with compliance.

Gray divorce and health implications

New Jersey divorcees of all ages may experience some negative impact on their health from their divorce. However, divorcees who are at least 50 years old may begin to suffer from a range of physical and psychological issues; this is especially true if they have existing medical issues.

Gray divorce is a phenomenon that was identified in a 2012 study by two researchers at Bowling Green State University. According to one of the researchers, the majority of the divorces that are occurring among older adults are occurring among those who are 50 to 64 years old.

The impact of divorce on finances for older adults

Divorce may be twice as likely for people 50 and older in New Jersey and throughout the country compared to previous decades, and since 1990, divorce among the 65 and older age group has tripled. Researchers have wondered whether this could be attributed to major transitions that occur in this age group, including retirement and the empty nest syndrome, but studies do not support this hypothesis.

Instead, what they have found is that the most common reason for divorce among older adults is similar to the reason younger adults end their marriages. They do so because they are dissatisfied with their marriages and do not enjoy spending time with their spouse. Statistically, first marriages are less vulnerable to divorce than second marriages, and the longer a marriage lasts, the less likely it is to end in divorce. Divorce is also more likely for people whose parents were divorced. Women who are the children of divorced parents are 60 percent more likely to get a divorce and men are 60 percent more likely.

Consumers pay a heavy price for dangerous products

Whenever you order something online or buy a product in a brick and mortar store, you have the right to reasonably expect that the item you purchase will serve the purpose it is designed to fulfill in a safe and effective manner. Sometimes, things go wrong and a piece of a product might malfunction or some other issue arises that affects the product's usability. Many companies will replace your product for you; in fact, some products come with warranties to ensure that you get replacements.

It's a whole other story, however, if you suffer an injury or illness because a product you purchased was defective. Manufacturers, distributors and storeowners are responsible for making sure they do not knowingly place defective products into consumers' hands. Whether a product causing you or your loved one injury happens to be a food item, clothing or a child's toy, you can seek recovery for your losses if you can show that a defect existed.

Safety tips for nurses

There are a number of steps nurses at New Jersey health care facilities can take to reduce the likelihood that they will be injured on the job. Hand washing is one of most basic and importance practices for avoiding infection.

Nurses should also use lift and transfer equipment both for moving patients and lifting heavy items. It can be cumbersome to use this equipment every time, but it is also easy for a nurse to be injured without it. Wearing good shoes, paying attention to the environment and practicing good ergonomics can also help prevent these types of injuries. Nurses should not hesitate to ask for help or help one another when dealing with a potentially violent patient.

Drowsy driving and what to do about it

New Jersey residents who get less than seven hours of sleep, as well as those who work night shifts or who take certain medications, are at a high risk for drowsy driving. Drowsiness affects about half of all adult drivers in the U.S. according to the American Sleep Foundation, and 20 percent even admit to falling asleep behind the wheel. These figures should be alarming because fatigue triples one's chances of getting in a car crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that over 100,000 police-reported crashes involve drowsy driving annually. However, a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that the actual number may be triple that. It can be hard, after all, to detect drowsiness after a crash has already occurred.

Strategies to limit conflict with a co-parent after divorce

New Jersey divorces involving parents of minor children generally mean that the former spouses will have to continue their relationship on some level as co-parents. This could be challenging, especially if disagreements about child rearing contributed to the marital breakup. During the development of a written parenting plan, guidelines and procedures could be included that might improve communication about parenting duties and reduce the chances for arguments.

With children splitting their time between two households, parents should strive to establish the same rules for both homes. Consistent expectations for behavior at both homes could prevent arguments among divorced parents about what children are allowed to do.

The most dangerous industries to work in

Although most businesses and employers in New Jersey and elsewhere consider workplace safety to be an incredibly important goal, it can be difficult to actually achieve safety, especially when it comes to certain industries. Some industries just have more hazards than others, which can make creating a safe workplace difficult for employers in these particular industries.

The logging industry is considered to be the most dangerous job in the U.S. Per 100,000 full-time workers, there are 135.9 reported fatal work injuries. This comes out to a total number of 91 deaths in 2016. The fishing industry came in second with a fatal work injury rate of 86 per 100,000 workers and a total of 24 deaths. Flight engineers and pilots rounded out the top three with 55.5 fatal work injuries per 100,000 workers and a total of 75 deaths in 2016. Roofers also made the list with a fatal injury rate of 48.6 and 101 total deaths.

Safety week in September will focus on brakes

New Jersey drivers could be at risk of an accident involving a large truck with faulty brakes. According to the U.S Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there is a link between brake violations and crashes. A study found that trucks involved in a motor vehicle accident in which the truck's ability to brake was a cause had a 50 percent higher likelihood of a brake violation than trucks in crashes where braking was not a critical factor. Furthermore, almost 46 percent of trucks in accidents where braking was a factor had brake violations versus around 30 percent of trucks in accidents in which the brakes were not a factor.

The importance of brake safety will be highlighted during Brake Safety Week. This initiative, sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, will run from September 16 to 22 in the United States and Canada.

Dos and don'ts during divorce

When New Jersey couples divorce, both parties usually want to conclude the legal process as fast as possible. The reasons for wanting a quick divorce include the need to move on after the end of a marriage, to avoid high legal costs and to sever existing legal connections between the spouses.

Individuals who decide to divorce often don't realize that the period between filing the papers and receiving the final divorce decree may cause legal restrictions to be put on each party's behavior. This happens because the spouses, even when they have moved out of their homes, remain legally married during this time. For example, a person who provides health insurance to his or her spouse through a work policy will often be required to maintain that policy until a judge has granted the divorce.

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