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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.

Parking lots can pose a danger of workplace injuries

Workers in Pennsylvania may have significant concerns when it comes to their safety in the workplace; in fact, one of the most common sites of danger on the job can be the parking lot or garage. These areas have some attributes that can make them a frequent location of on-the-job injuries, such as the presence of speeding or careless drivers, pedestrians walking irregularly, blind spots due to parked cars, numerous turns and delivery trucks and other large, frequently stopped vehicles.

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).

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