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Using convex mirrors to increase workplace safety

For Pennsylvania workers who work on loading docks, in fulfillment warehouses or around heavy machinery, near misses and close calls can be common. However, it also common for some to suffer serious injuries due to running into each other. Even near misses can also result in serious injuries if employees are carrying chemicals, products or production items and they drop them.

Getting safety information to all employees

Many Pennsylvania workers are painfully aware that retiring at the age of 60 or 65 is no longer attainable. Because the retirement age is being pushed back, it is not uncommon for employers to have workers who are 70 to 75 years old, even in labor-intensive industrial jobs. This can make it difficult for safety professionals to ensure that workplace safety messages are delivered to every employee regardless of age.

Preventing falls from elevated heights in warehouses

Many people are employed in Pennsylvania warehouses that have materials stacked on elevated shelves. A case reported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration illustrates the dangers of failing to implement and follow safety protocols for working at elevations.

How to create a safety culture at work

Pennsylvania employers may have an easier time gaining the trust of their workers by taking steps to keep them safe. This is generally true whether a worker is in an office setting or in a factory. Roughly 21 percent of all OSHA recordable events have a realistic or reasonable potential to cause significant injuries to workers.

Workers may face hazardous conditions on the job

A study conducted in 2015 suggests that a majority of employees may face unfavorable conditions while on the job in Pennsylvania and other states across the nation. Researchers who were involved in the effort expressed hope that their work will ultimately lead to a constructive debate on the improvement of such working conditions.

Dangers associated with water pipe repair technique

Pennsylvania plumbing construction workers may be interested to know that a frequently used method to fix water pipes can emit dangerous chemicals into the air. Researchers at Purdue University believe that the process should reviewed to accurately determine the hazards it presents to workers, the environment and the general public.

Companies lack consistency in injury, illness reporting

Some Pennsylvania employees may work for companies that track injuries and other health and safety issues inconsistently. A follow-up to a 2013 report was released on Aug. 1 from the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability. The report examined data from between June and December 2016 from companies on the Corporate Knights' Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list and found significant discrepancies in how various companies collected and reported data. From methodology in data collection to definitions used, these inconsistencies make it impossible for companies to create a standardized set of safety and health metrics for the workplace that global sustainability indexes can use.

Lack of sleep can lead to workplace injuries

When deadlines are looming, some Pennsylvania workers sacrifice the amount of time they get to sleep in order to get their work done. However, workers who are overtired and who do not get enough sleep are more likely to become involved in accidents, especially if the lack of sleep prevents them from being able to think clearly.