Worker misclassification has been a growing problem in New Jersey in recent years – especially since the influx of gig economy jobs. More and more members of the workforce are labeled as contractors, even when such workers meet the legal definition of employees.
Are you an employee or a contractor? In many workplaces, the distinction may not seem very obvious. You may do the same work as your colleague, yet your worker classification may be different.
The use of robots is becoming more and more common in many industries. While robots add ease and efficiency to many labor-intensive tasks, they also create additional safety hazards in the workplace.
It has been an intensely hot summer—with temperatures rising above 100 degrees in parts of the country. For workers whose job involves being outdoors, the heat is posing serious safety concerns. For some, this weather has even proved fatal.
In December 2018, dozens of workers in an Amazon warehouse facility in Robbinsville, New Jersey were injured or sickened when an automated machine punctured a can of bear repellant. This week, workers at an Amazon facility in Shakopee, Minnesota went on strike to protest their working conditions.
A work accident can happen anywhere. However, some types of injuries occur much more frequently than others. Many of these common injuries can be prevented through safety measures, training, and attention to workers’ well-being.
Any machine that harnesses energy, from hydraulics to electrical equipment, poses a significant risk to workers who perform maintenance on it. Failure to effectively shut down a piece of equipment prior to maintenance can result in severe injuries, or even death. Employers across many industries must follow federal regulations for disabling machinery and equipment to prevent such injuries.
The so-called gig economy is a burgeoning part of the labor market. It consists of independent workers and freelancers who work temporary jobs as their own employers. And in fact, there are an estimated 75 million people workers making up this sector.
When people talk about workplace hazards that lead to serious injuries or illnesses, they often think of elements like heavy machinery or falling objects. However, many workplace incidents are not the result of an inanimate object. They are the result of other people.
Suffering an injury at work may not be something you worry about on a regular basis. You might instead be focused on meeting deadlines, performing your job properly and doing what you need to do get home at the end of the day.