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The dangers of hand-arm vibration in the workplace

Pennsylvania is a state with a strong tradition in manufacturing and other heavy industries, and these are occupations that use a lot of powerful machinery and hand-operated power tools. These tools have the potential impart a large amount of vibrational energy to the hands and arms of the workers that employ them. Medical data indicates that this vibration can be dangerous and can lead to serious occupational injuries.

Initiative focuses on work-related problems in health care

As many Pennsylvania residents may know, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration did little with nursing and health care services in the past. That changed on June 25 when OSHA announced a new initiative aimed at health care workers in certain types of facilities.

Lockout programs can keep employees safe

Pennsylvania employers are required to ensure that their workplaces are as safe as possible for their employees. One of the methods many employers are using in this regard is a lockout program. This seeks to ensure that the power source to heavy equipment or machinery is cut off before the employee begins to provide service for that piece of equipment or machinery.

Workplace fatalities increase 2 percent in 2014

According to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries that is conducted annually by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,679 U.S. workers died in 2014 from work-related injuries and illnesses, a 2 percent increase over the 4,585 worker fatalities recorded in 2013. Pennsylvania workers might want to be aware that trips, slips and falls accounted for a 10 percent increase in 2014 deaths, from 724 to 793. This was mainly because of a large increase in falls to lower levels from 595 to 647.

Long shifts wearing down EMS workers

Pennsylvania paramedics may be interested in a recent study done on emergency service workers. Researchers found that EMS employees were 60 percent more likely to suffer an illness or injury when they worked more than 12 hours at a time. Beyond that, the longer the shift, the greater amount of risk associated with EMS workers performing routine tasks at the workplace.

Staying safe while at work in Pennsylvania

Despite employer safeguards for workers while they are on the job, workers can play a large role in keeping themselves safe. They should always be aware of their surroundings and notify their supervisors or authorities if they feel that something is out of the ordinary. For instance, a postal worker who thinks that he or she is being followed while on his or her route should call police when it is safe to do so.

An emphasis on worker safety in Pennsylvania

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers in the manufacturing sector have an amputation rate of 1.7 per 10,000 full-time workers, which is more than double the rate for all private industries. This translates to 2,000 full-time manufacturing sector workers who had to undergo an amputation in 2013.

Construction industry sees new OSHA standard

OSHA has introduced a new confined space standard that will have an effect on workers in Pennsylvania and across the country. In particular, the standard addresses the construction industry more directly than the existing standard enacted in 1993 did. The new rule is scheduled to take effect on Aug. 3, 2015.

Tort liability for workplace injury not always available

Although workplace injuries can have a significant impact on the spouse of an injured worker, the availability of compensation depends on the facts of the case. Take, for example, a recent case involving a Pennsylvania stone container company sued for negligence in connection with a workplace injury. The wife of the yard jockey who suffered the injury claimed in her suit that the company failed to maintain a safe work environment, and specifically that the company failed to keep the premises cleared of snow and ice. Slick conditions, in this case, caused the employee to slip and injure his shoulder while performing a task.

Injured employee sues Amtrak over crash injuries

Bristol readers have probably all heard about the Amtrak accident that occurred earlier this month in Philadelphia. Though the accident is still under investigation, it reportedly occurred when the train accelerated to 106 miles per hour in an 80 mile per hour zone involving a sharp curve. As a result of the speed and the failure to properly slow down in time, the train tilted and derailed.

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