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New Pennsylvania law may expand occupational injuries

Pennsylvania's Workers' Compensation Act is an essential protection for all types of employees across the state. Although the most notable workplace injuries are often in factories or warehouses where machinery and high-volume products pose risks, office workers can suffer repetitive stress injuries and anyone can experience an accident. One type of injury is getting more attention as it affects a disturbing number of Pennsylvanians.

How does a workers' compensation benefits claim work?

If you are injured on the job, a lot of thoughts will fly through your head even before you get care. Many of those thoughts will be negative or apprehensive, such as wondering how much treatment will cost you or what your family will do for money until you can get back to work. Fortunately, Pennsylvania law requires companies to be insured to provide workers' compensation benefits.

Entertainment alliance acts to reduce workplace injuries

For Pennsylvania workers in the entertainment industry, it's necessary to take special precautions to avoid serious workplace accidents. On-the-job injuries for entertainment industry employees can come as a result of electrical mishaps, falls and other hazards found on movie sets, in theaters and at concert venues. Because of the risks to health and life posed by such workplace accidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has renewed an alliance with industry groups for the next five years.

Clarifying the OSHA anchor point rule

When conducting an OSHA fall safety test, the fall must take place from at least 6 feet in the air. Furthermore, the test must be conducted at a weight of 220 pounds give or take three pounds. For a Pennsylvania company to pass a fall arrest system test, it must pass by a factor of two. The test fails if forces greater than 2,520 pounds are recorded.

Were you involved in a distracted driving accident at work?

Distracted driving has become one of the biggest threats to road safety in today's society. According to the latest statistics gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 391,000 people were injured and 3,477 were killed in distracted driving accidents. In spite of these alarmingly high numbers, an estimated 660,000 people still use cell phones or other hand-held devices while they drive.

Falls a major cause of construction worker deaths

Construction workers in Pennsylvania may want to know about a new searchable database called the Construction FACE (Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation) Database. It aggregates all 768 FACE reports made by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health since 1982.

Guidelines aim to prevent fatigue among EMS workers

Researchers from Pennsylvania and a nonprofit advocacy group have issued a set of guidelines designed to help administrators of emergency medical services organizations combat fatigue in the workplace. The research team from the National Association of State EMS Officials and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center scrutinized more than 38,000 documents before issuing the guidelines, and some of the information they uncovered suggests that the problem of fatigue among EMS workers is both widespread and serious.

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