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Construction firms turning to more protective safety helmets

Pennsylvania construction workers should be informed about the risks associated with their occupation, including falls and serious, potentially life-threatening head trauma. In fact, researchers found that there were more than 2,200 fatal traumatic brain injuries between 2003 and 2010 even though workers are required to use protective headgear in risky areas. In order to decrease the hazards that construction work poses, some firms are making the move to updated protection equipment.

Pennsylvania given failing grade in NSC report

Pennsylvania is not doing enough to protect its residents from the leading causes of preventable death according to a report from the National Safety Council. Accidental deaths are at an all-time high according to the NSC, and the nonprofit and nongovernmental public service organization decided to shed light on this issue by grading all 50 states based on how well they protect their residents from accidents in the home, on the roads and at work.

Safety issues at U.S. nuclear weapons lab

Many Pennsylvania workers face on-the-job hazards, but these threats might pale in comparison to the problems cited by critics of the nation's plutonium processing facilities. The Center for Public Integrity has published a series of reports about safety problems identified by federal regulators at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. This information has worried the National Nuclear Security Administration and a congressional delegation tasked with overseeing the modernization of the country's nuclear weapons program.

OSHA releases fact sheet dealing with shipyard hazards

Fires and explosions caused by flammable coatings and paints and illnesses caused by exposure to toxic chemical compounds are significant on-the-job dangers faced by shipyard workers in Pennsylvania and around the country according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The federal agency says that shipyard workers face particularly high risks because they are often called upon to apply potentially dangerous paints and other materials in poorly ventilated confined spaces.

How a workplace might document an accident

Employees in Pennsylvania who have been injured on the job may wonder what kind of documentation could help them prove the circumstances around an injury. Companies should have an accident book that documents even minor injuries. Documentation should include what steps were taken when the injury occurred, such as whether the injured worker was given first aid.

Tips for workplace safety

Employers in Pennsylvania can take a number of steps to make their workplaces safer for their employees. The first important thing they should do is perform risk assessments to identify potential hazards. It is important to keep in mind that this does not just mean assessing physical risk. Workplaces that do not have significant physical hazards should still promote environments that are conducive to employees' mental health. This means that in an office where workers are largely sedentary, employers should still consider how people relate to one another and how that affects workplace safety.

Truck drivers may face greater testing for sleep apnea

Truckers in Pennsylvania may soon be subject to additional screenings for sleep apnea. In April, the Supreme Court refused to hear a case involving a man who said a trucking company violated his rights by making him test for the condition. The man, who had a note from his doctor saying the test wasn't necessary, claimed that Crete Carrier violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Poultry processing jobs are very hazardous

Pennsylvania residents who work at poultry processing plants have one of the most dangerous jobs, according to data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The report noted that the job ranks 12th among industries with the most employer severe injury reporting in the United States.

Mine safety agency lists best practices around power lines

Pennsylvania workers who are driving trucks or operating equipment near live power lines need to make sure that they allow for adequate clearance. After a truck caused damage when it touched a power line after it dumped gravel, the Mine Safety and Health Administration put out a "close call alert" along with a list of best practices for working near power lines. The truck in the incident failed to maintain 10 feet of clearance, and although there were no injuries, there could have been an electrocution.