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December 2015 Archives

Occupational diseases ignored by media, government

Pennsylvania readers may be surprised to learn that work-related illnesses kill more Americans than guns do each year. The government estimates that approximately 50,000 workers succumb to sicknesses caused by exposure to workplace toxins each year, compared to the 30,000 people who lose their lives to gun violence and accidents annually. Because the casualties of occupational disease die slowly and less dramatically than victims of gun violence, the media ignores their suffering. Worse, the U.S. government has a history of ignoring their suffering as well.

Workplace safety during winter

Although winter weather may vary from year to year, Pennsylvania residents often face snow and ice storms during those months. Safety at work during winter conditions, including high winds and freezing temperatures, requires careful planning and attention to detail. All employers have the responsibility to maintain the workplace in such a way that the employees can use it with reasonable protection against on-the-job accidents, regardless of the weather.

OSHA fines linked to improved workplace safety

An increase in the amount of the fines handed down by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will likely make workplaces safer in Pennsylvania and around the country. According to the Institute for Work and Health, financial penalties imposed following workplace inspections reduce both the number of accidents and the severity of the injuries suffered by workers. This conclusion was reached after researchers reviewed the impact that enforcing safety standards and regulations had on employers.

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