According to ASSE.org, the first full week of May each year is observed as North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. During this time, The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and OSHA Alliance Partners help raise awareness of the importance of being safe at work, and encourage safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) professionals to spread this message to their communities and jobsites. This year’s NAOSH Week is being held May 6 – 12, 2012.
In 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released a report stating that small businesses have the highest rate of work-related illnesses and injuries in the nation, which is why the OSHA Alliance Partners and the ASSE are focusing this year’s efforts on small businesses. The theme of this year’s NAOSH Week is “Safety, What Every Business Needs.” ASSE NAOSH Week kick-off events will take place on May 6th and 7th in Washington D.C. and includes programs and presentations at the National Zoo, the U.S. National Gallery of Art, and the Department of Labor (DOL).
Following the appropriate workplace safety standards is essential to preventing on-the-job injuries, but this is, unfortunately, not always under a worker’s control. Contractors, subcontractors, property owners and maintenance personnel, and equipment and tool manufacturers are required to abide by certain safety and production standards and procedures. Not doing so may result in an unsafe condition that leads to a serious, if not fatal, workplace accident.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a New Jersey on-the-job accident that was caused by third party negligence, you may have the right to pursue legal action. To determine whether you may have a valid claim, contact the dedicated New Jersey work injury lawyers at Blume Forte. For a no-cost consultation, call (973) 635-5400.