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Fatal work injuries rose in 2014

Pennsylvania workers might be interested to learn that the preliminary count of worker fatalities in the country for 2014 was estimated at 4,679, but the final count rose to 4,821, the highest since 2008. The rate of fatal work injuries increased from 3.3 per 100,000 full-time equivalent employees in 2013 to 3.4, the first rise since 2010.

New OSHA regulations for silica dust exposure

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a final rule regarding worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica, and various industries in Pennsylvania and around the country, including construction and hydraulic fracturing, have compliance deadlines between one and five years. The recognition of the dangers of silica dust and regulation of worker exposure dates back to the 1930s when the U.S. Department of Labor first became aware of its harmful effects. Kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, silicosis and lung cancer can all be caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica. However, it was not until 1971, upon the creation of OSHA, when the first standards for worker exposure were set.

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