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.
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.
Think about how often you use a ladder at your place of employment. If this is something that's a big part of your day, it's imperative to focus on the safety tips you can follow.
At some point, you may wonder if you're in position to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits.
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.
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.
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.