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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
When starting a new job in Pennsylvania, workers must generally learn tasks, meet co-workers, take in company policies and adapt to a new environment. Unfortunately, being a new employee can also pose health and safety risks.
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.