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How to stay safe when removing snow

Outdoor workers in Pennsylvania generally have experience with snowy and cold conditions. Nevertheless, OSHA is warning workers and employers alike to take precautions when engaging in snow removal or other outdoor winter work. Those who are involved in snow removal cleanup may face dangers such as falling from rooftops or slipping on icy roads or sidewalks. Roof collapses or collisions with vehicles may also be risks that workers face while removing snow.

Promoting safe work conditions for female construction workers

The number of women working in the construction industry in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States increased by more than 80 percent from the mid-1980s through 2007, according to estimates by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. To promote a safe workplace environment for the growing number of female construction workers, OSHA has renewed its partnership with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).

The most dangerous jobs in the U.S.

Pennsylvania workers may be interested to learn that 5,190 people died on the job in 2016, according to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. This was a 6 percent increase over the previous year's number of on-the-job fatalities. In 2016, logging was the most dangerous job, resulting in 91 deaths. Fishing came in second with 86 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers. In third, flight engineers had a fatal injury rate of 55.5 per 100,000 workers.

Study illuminates plant workers' fear of employer retaliation

The results of a government study released on Dec. 8 concludes that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration may not be adequately addressing the safety concerns of workers in the meat and poultry processing industry. Many workers in Pennsylvania and other states may forego contacting the agency for fear of losing their jobs, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office study. The study follows an Oxfam America report that indicated that a "pervasive climate of fear" exists inside some plants.

Fall protection violations still top OSHA list

Fall protection continues to be a serious concern in workplaces throughout Pennsylvania and across the country. Every year, OSHA releases a list of the most frequent workplace violations. For the sixth year in a row, fall protection violation has topped the list.

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.