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List of dangerous jobs by workplace fatalities released

From time to time, people hear of the professions where employees are most likely to suffer harm. This list varies with time as certain industries make safety improvements to reduce the number of workplace injuries and fatalities. Last week, a list of the top 10 most dangerous professions by fatality rate was released.

Young construction worker dies in Pennsylvania workplace accident

A 29-year-old construction worker lost his life recently in Pennsylvania. He was working on a construction project that involved widening a Pennsylvania highway from two lanes to five.

Falling cement slab leads to serious construction site accident

We have previously had occasion on our Philadelphia blog to discuss the dangers that workers in the construction industry must face, often on a daily basis. Regrettably, another construction accident has severely injured a worker, nearly killing the man and placing him in critical condition.

Falling pole kills teen employee in workplace accident

While summertime in Philadelphia is an occasion for high school and college students to enjoy a well-deserved break from their studies, it is also a time for some to pick up a temporary job to earn money for the coming academic year. Many teenagers and young adults may find themselves in unfamiliar work environments, however, some of which carry the risk of workplace accidents.

Chemical explosion injuries two Pennsylvania factory workers

A number of industries require the use of caustic and reactive chemicals in order to manufacture their end products. While careful handling, worker education and other safety measures generally prevent workers from becoming injured, unfortunately accidents still do occur. Late last month, a small explosion at a factory in Pennsylvania harmed two employees as they were combining certain chemicals.

NIOSH and OSHA warn of exposure to silica at fracking sites

Last month, we posted about the dangers posed to workers by exposure to silica. While silica can harm workers in a wide variety of industries, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recently indicated that those who work around hydraulic fracturing equipment could risk excessive exposure to silica dust. OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have cautioned that fracking companies need to prevent their employees from being exposed to the substance.

OSHA rules to prevent workplace illnesses not imminent

Two months ago, we discussed a Government Accountability Office report that noted increasing delays at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in creating and promulgating workplace safety regulations. The dilatory rulemaking process takes a significant toll on Pennsylvania employees exposed to dangerous chemicals and substances at their jobs. While roughly 5,000 people are killed each year in on-the-job accidents, 50,000 die from workplace illnesses.

Roofer recovering after falling into acid in workplace accident

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has begun an investigation into a workplace accident that occurred across the border from Pennsylvania. Reports indicate that a roofer is in critical condition after he fell through the roof on which he was working and landed in a large vat of nitric acid.

Report: OSHA slow to address dangerous workplace conditions

Some prior posts on this blog have mentioned the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in its role as investigator of workplace accidents in Pennsylvania and around the country. But the agency does more than that. It also creates new safety regulations in response to workplace hazards. A new study performed by the Government Accountability Office, however, has revealed that OSHA can be inefficient in the latter role, potentially placing employees' lives in danger.

One GM worker hospitalized after explosion at testing facility

Pennsylvania companies know that they have to invest in research and development in order to grow and remain competitive in their respective industries. New technologies can be dangerous, however, and accidents sometimes happen while companies tinker with and perfect their products. Last week, an explosion rocked a General Motors research building that was performing tests on a new generation of electric car batteries.

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