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OSHA touts severe injury reporting program success

In September 2016, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a review of injury reporting requirements that it instituted in January 2015. At the time, the new rules marked a departure from prior standards because they mandated that employers needed to notify OSHA of certain work injuries within 24 hours of their occurrence. The severe injury categories that required reporting included incidents like amputations, eye losses and inpatient hospital admissions.

Proposed sleep apnea testing controversial

A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania that was sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration identified obstructive sleep apnea in 28 percent of the commercial truck drivers tested by researchers. This respiratory problem creates airway blockages that disturb the sleep of people who suffer from it. The resulting poor sleep quality can impair people when they are awake and make them inattentive.

Companies in the process of growth must reexamine safety policies

Pennsylvania business owners know employee safety issues become more complex as their company grows. As staff multiplies and demand goes up, a company must continuously assess workplace safety strategies to ensure they are promoting a culture of safety in the work environment. According to experts, there are several things human resources departments should keep in mind when refining workplace safety policies.

OSHA guidance for employees at risk for Zika exposure

For Pennsylvania employees who are required to travel as part of their work, mosquito-borne diseases may be a risk. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration chas issued a guide that includes information about the disease to help employers prevent occupational exposure.

When employees may seek workers' compensation benefits

If a Pennsylvania employee gets injured while on the job, the employer may be responsible for providing compensation for their recovery. However, there are a few types of workers who may not be covered under their employer's workers' compensation insurance. Examples include independent contractors and railroad workers. Employees should know if their employer has insurance and if they are potentially entitled to compensation if they must miss work because of their injury.

Making worker safety a core value in Pennsylvania

Hot weather, sleep deprivation and irregular work schedules may all contribute to possible safety hazards at work. In 2013, employers incurred $62 billion in costs related to workplace accidents involving employees who missed six or more days of work as a result. This was according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics as well as the National Academy of Social Insurance. Falls and repetitive motion injuries were the cause of the majority of those costs.

Dealing with mold in workplaces

For many Pennsylvania employees, mold in the workplace is a serious health hazard. Not only can it cause health problems in the respiratory system, but the symptoms can be so severe that people may be unable to get their work done. If the workplace is in a high-humidity area or the building is susceptible to water leaks and dampness, supervisors and managers should be on the lookout for mold.

Pennsylvania company unveils autonomous truck safety system

Highway maintenance and repair workers are often expected to perform their duties in close proximity to fast-moving traffic. Warning signs, arrow boards and reduced speed limits are their chief protection in these situations, but these measures alone cannot protect them completely from large and heavy semi-tractor trailers with fatigued or distracted drivers at the wheel. Self-driving vehicle technology has been lauded as having the potential to vastly reduce or even eliminate traffic accidents, and Pennsylvania-based Royal Truck & Equipment has unveiled an innovative new autonomous attenuator truck that it says could save the lives of road workers.

Gender discrimination in workers' compensation benefits

Pennsylvania women should know that discrimination against women workers also extends to workers' compensation. An example of this is demonstrated in a California class-action lawsuit that alleges reduced workers' compensation benefits are paid out to women due to their gender. The women in the lawsuit want to rid the workers' compensation system of all gender discrimination. They are requesting that gender no longer be a determining factor when deciding on benefit amounts and that gender bias training programs are available.

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