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Improving safety at the worksite

Workplace illnesses and injuries have declined across the nation. However, work-related deaths are on the rise. According to reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2014, nearly 5,000 work-related fatal injuries occurred around the country, which marked the largest amount since 2008. Therefore, Pennsylvania employers should focus on making their workplace safer.

Hot work hazards and safety tips

Every employment has its particular set of dangers, and those who have hot-work jobs in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. are faced with a number of challenges as they perform their daily tasks. Hot work, such as grinding, soldering, brazing, cutting, burning and welding, puts workers in risk of burns from possible ignition if sparks come in contact with combustible or flammable materials nearby. Flammable gas leaks from hot work equipment and other sources can fill the area and lead to an explosion as well.

OSHA decides post-accident drug testing deters injury reporting

Pennsylvania employers that conduct a drug test after any workplace accident could be in violation of a rule issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The agency has indicated that automatic drug testing after a workplace accident or injury deterred employees from reporting workplace safety incidents.

Excavation and trenching safety tips

In Pennsylvania, many construction operations require trenching and excavation, and construction workers who are involved in these projects must be aware of these dangers. For example, even one cave-in could result in suffocation and death. However, safety training and protective systems could help to reduce or eliminate accidents involving trenching and excavation.

Focus on improving workplace environment for safety

According to research, the health of employees in Pennsylvania and throughout the country may be affected by stress in their workplace. This is one of many findings that has caused the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to change its focus from looking at workplace injuries and illnesses to a focus on reducing risk through changing the workplace environment. This is known as the Total Worker Health initiative.

Temp positions and worker safety

Although many Pennsylvania residents desire long-term employment options, others appreciate the variety and flexibility involved in temporary positions. However, working through a temp agency could leave certain issues up in the air. One of the most serious matters is that of worker safety. As a temporary worker, an individual suffering a serious injury during a short work assignment could face major financial and medical problems without the resources or benefits needed to obtain appropriate treatment.

After 26 years, OSHA final rule nearing publication

Pennsylvania employees in a variety of occupations may soon find themselves better protected in the workplace following action taken by the White House Office of Management and Budget officials in early October 2016. According to a report published on Oct. 11, the OMB has now cleared the way for final publication of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's proposed rule for "Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems) in General Industry".

Report indicates federal oversight of workers' comp needed

The U.S. Department of Labor has urged that workers' compensation systems in Pennsylvania and around the country should be studied in order to determine if they need federal oversight. The call comes as a report shows that 33 states have cut benefits, leaving many injured workers in poverty.

Workplace factors impact health care employees

Health care employees are on track to confront a mix of risk factors that impact their wellness on the job. One report has noted that although the overall number of safety claims was decreasing, the severity of those that filed was rising. Health care workers in Pennsylvania may also be interested in learning that the study demonstrated links between the safety of patients and the safety of caregivers.

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