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May 2016 Archives

Insurance research looks into the causes of workplace injuries

Workplace injuries cost businesses around the country about $170 billion every year according to data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and researchers from the insurance company Travelers looked into how American workers become sick or suffer injuries to better understand these costs and identify ways that workplace safety could be improved. Travelers provides more workers' compensation coverage to American employers than any other insurance carrier, and it based its research on more than 1.5 million claims filed by injured or sick workers between 2010 and 2014, including some in Pennsylvania.

Self-driving trucks may be on the horizon as well

While many Pennsylvania motorists have likely read about the self-driving cars that Google and other companies are developing and testing, they may not know that some companies have now turned their attention to developing technology to make commercial trucks self-driving as well. Some of the automated trucks are already being tested in several states.

Logging, fishing are most hazardous industries for workers

Pennsylvania workers who are in industries such as roofing and steel are more likely to have a fatal accident on the job than electricians or painters based on statistics released by the Bureau of Labor. The 2014 figures for the Census of Fatal Occupation Injuries show that the most dangerous jobs belong to logging workers followed by fishing workers, aircraft pilots and flight engineers.

Automobile insurance industry threatened by autonomous cars

More than a quarter million people in Pennsylvania and across the nation work in the automobile insurance industry or in a trade that is directly supported by that industry. A large number of these jobs and livelihoods are now at risk because of an amazing new technological breakthrough. Self-driving cars, which have enjoyed unprecedented success in their initial testing and boast excellent safety records, may be so risk-free that they could substantially put the insurance industry out of business. This is an unintended consequence to the amazing road handling abilities of autonomous vehicles, but it still leaves serious questions to be answered.

Pennsylvania insulation company cited by OSHA

An insulation manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for violations that may have put the health and safety of its workers at risk. The federal safety agency has called for the company to pay more than $66,000 in penalties for seven violations at its Luzerne County facility. Four of the violations are said to be serious. The violations were handed out on April 28 and stem from a complaint filed in October 2015.

Pennsylvania company sued for OSHA violations

A Pennsylvania company that manufactures fire and smoke dampers has been cited for violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, and named in a lawsuit involving the firing of employees. The lawsuit was filed by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor against Lloyd Industries, Inc., on March 8 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The lawsuit alleges wrongful termination of two employees in retaliation for the filing of complaints with OSHA.

FMCSA reports fewer truck crash fatalities but more injuries

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has reported a 5 percent decline in fatalities resulting from truck accidents in 2014. However, drivers in Pennsylvania might be concerned to learn that the agency recorded a 21 percent increase in truck-related crash injuries.

Traumatic brain injuries and technology

Traumatic brain injuries are a growing concern in Pennsylvania and the rest of the country. These serious injuries happen to people in workplace accidents or sudden falls, while playing sports and in many other situations. They can lead to permanent disability and a lifetime of medical care and treatment.

High number of workers killed in 2014

Pennsylvania construction workers know their job is dangerous, and a new report by the AFL-CIO proves it. The report, which examines safety and health protections for American workers, shows that 4,821 workers across all industries were killed on the job around the country in 2014. The construction industry accounted for the largest number of those deaths, with 899. The construction industry also reported the most deaths of Latino workers, with 233. Deaths of immigrant Latino construction workers have seen a 32 percent increase since 2010.