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Dangers of welding fumes

Pennsylvania welders need to understand the dangers involved with exposure to the toxic substances contained in welding smoke and fumes. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration states that numerous dangerous byproducts, including arsenic, hydrogen fluoride, lead,manganese, carbon monoxide, nitrogen, argon, aluminum and beryllium are often contained in welding fumes and may result in serious harm to workers.

Employers can create targeted worker safety training

Workers in Pennsylvania may have heard about the changes that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has made to injury data collection. Now, recordable workplace injuries are going to be made public on the agency's website. Publicizing companies' work injury data could put pressure on employers to keep their work sites safer and allow analysts to find patterns in work injury statistics.

Common hazards faced by health care workers

Pennsylvania residents who work in the health care sector are at risk for many different kinds of workplace injuries and illnesses. According to OSHA, Emergency nurses and hospital workers are particularly vulnerable to workplace injuries. Some of the most common kinds of work injuries that affect such employees include falls, overexertion, infection and physical violence.

Summer brings heat, lightning risks for workers

Summer is here, which means workers in Pennsylvania and nationwide are at increased risk for heat and lightning injuries. To bring awareness to the issue, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched initiatives to encourage employers to keep their workers safe while working outdoors.

Insurance research looks into the causes of workplace injuries

Workplace injuries cost businesses around the country about $170 billion every year according to data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and researchers from the insurance company Travelers looked into how American workers become sick or suffer injuries to better understand these costs and identify ways that workplace safety could be improved. Travelers provides more workers' compensation coverage to American employers than any other insurance carrier, and it based its research on more than 1.5 million claims filed by injured or sick workers between 2010 and 2014, including some in Pennsylvania.

Logging, fishing are most hazardous industries for workers

Pennsylvania workers who are in industries such as roofing and steel are more likely to have a fatal accident on the job than electricians or painters based on statistics released by the Bureau of Labor. The 2014 figures for the Census of Fatal Occupation Injuries show that the most dangerous jobs belong to logging workers followed by fishing workers, aircraft pilots and flight engineers.

Pennsylvania insulation company cited by OSHA

An insulation manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for violations that may have put the health and safety of its workers at risk. The federal safety agency has called for the company to pay more than $66,000 in penalties for seven violations at its Luzerne County facility. Four of the violations are said to be serious. The violations were handed out on April 28 and stem from a complaint filed in October 2015.

Pennsylvania company sued for OSHA violations

A Pennsylvania company that manufactures fire and smoke dampers has been cited for violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, and named in a lawsuit involving the firing of employees. The lawsuit was filed by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor against Lloyd Industries, Inc., on March 8 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The lawsuit alleges wrongful termination of two employees in retaliation for the filing of complaints with OSHA.

High number of workers killed in 2014

Pennsylvania construction workers know their job is dangerous, and a new report by the AFL-CIO proves it. The report, which examines safety and health protections for American workers, shows that 4,821 workers across all industries were killed on the job around the country in 2014. The construction industry accounted for the largest number of those deaths, with 899. The construction industry also reported the most deaths of Latino workers, with 233. Deaths of immigrant Latino construction workers have seen a 32 percent increase since 2010.

Injuries sustained by drunk employees must be recorded

Employers in Pennsylvania and around the country are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to keep records of most work-related injuries and illnesses. However, there are some exceptions to OSHA's record-keeping requirements. If an employee's workplace injury is a direct result of 'personal grooming, self-medication for a non-work related condition, or is intentionally self-inflicted," the injury does not have to be recorded.

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