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Tips for preventing injury in the workplace

Pennsylvania workers can take a number of steps to help protect themselves from being injured on the job. Repetitive motions, such as answering phones or stuffing envelopes, cause a number of injuries and can be prevented with frequent breaks and an ergonomic workstation. Overexertion can also cause injuries while a person is lifting, pulling or pushing an item. It is important to use correct lifting techniques and ask colleagues for help if necessary.

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.

Sleep apnea may lead to more work injuries

A common sleep disorder could put workers in Pennsylvania and nationwide at greater risk for on-the-job injuries, according to a Canadian study. The research, which was conducted by University of British Columbia researchers, shows that those with obstructive sleep apnea were twice as likely to be injured at work and three times as likely to suffer a concentration-related accident, such as tripping or being electrocuted, than those without the disorder.

Training employees to avoid injuries in Pennsylvania workplaces

Ergonomics is the study of worker efficiency, but it Is also a field that involves ensuring that people are performing actions correctly. If people are in the habit of performing repetitive actions in the wrong way, such as with bad posture, they put themselves at risk of musculoskeletal disorders, including tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Determining occupational hearing loss risk

In January 2016, a NIOSH study regarding occupational health hazards was published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. It found that nearly 22 million workers were impacted by hearing loss, and workers most at risk were in the agricultural, fishing and hunting industries. Other industries where workers in Pennsylvania and around the country may be at a higher risk for hearing loss or tinnitus were included the forestry and manufacturing sectors.

Safety procedures for trench digging and excavation work

Construction workers in Pennsylvania are often asked to perform extremely hazardous tasks, and they rely on innovative safety systems and the latest protective equipment to keep them safe. Excavation work and trench digging may seem far safer than clinging to scaffolding hundreds of feet in the air, but cave-ins, toxic fumes, oxygen deprivation and flooding are constant sources of worry for workers and safety inspectors alike.

The most expensive workplace injury

Pennsylvania workers may be interested to learn the results of Liberty Mutual's 2016 Workplace Safety Index, which was released on Jan. 14. The report emphasizes that overexertion injuries continue to be a frequent and expensive source of disabling injuries in the workplace. In addition, several other types of injuries are cited that are worth taking the time to understand.

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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