Pennsylvania workers who are driving trucks or operating equipment near live power lines need to make sure that they allow for adequate clearance. After a truck caused damage when it touched a power line after it dumped gravel, the Mine Safety and Health Administration put out a "close call alert" along with a list of best practices for working near power lines. The truck in the incident failed to maintain 10 feet of clearance, and although there were no injuries, there could have been an electrocution.
Some Pennsylvania employers might be participating in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's "Stand-Down Campaign" that runs from May 8-12. This year's focus is on preventing falls in construction.
Employers in Pennsylvania and around the country are expected to do all that they reasonably can to keep their employees safe, and this duty extends to workers in remote locations. Even highly skilled and experienced employees must be properly trained and adequately supervised when they work on the road or at offsite locations, and employers may face OSHA sanctions when they fail to meet these standards.
Chemical plants are potentially very dangerous workplaces. Along with the fact that direct contact with a number of types of chemicals can be very harmful, there are also dangers associated with fumes that some chemicals emit. One of the best ways that Pennsylvania companies can help protect workers from harm is to understand the common causes of accidents and work to keep these situations from occurring.
Working as a miner can be very dangerous. The Mine Safety and Health Administration, a division of the United States Department of Labor, is tasked with providing miners in Pennsylvania and the rest of the nation with safe workplaces.
Pennsylvania farm workers who are required to enter grain silos may be aware of just how dangerous the job can be. The number of grain entrapment cases and fatalities increased in 2016, meaning grain handling continues to be a dangerous job even with OSHA's regional emphasis programs.
Pennsylvania residents who have worked in construction may know how much safer the industry is today compared to 50 years ago. However, there are still dangers that need to be addressed. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 937 construction workers who were killed in 2015. That was the most in the sector since 2008, and it represented the highest death toll in any industry in that year.
Like many other jobs, landscaping involves serious health risks associated with high temperatures, dangerous pieces of equipment and other factors. In fact, there are nearly 200 landscapers who die yearly from an occupational injury. By following a few, simple safety precautions while they work, however, landscapers may be able to avoid a serious or life-threatening injury.
Prevent Blindness, a nonprofit health and safety organization based in Chicago, reports that nearly 2,000 people a day suffer work-related eye injuries that require medical treatment, and about 15 percent of those injuries lead to a temporary or permanent loss of vision. Therefore, employers should do everything they possibly can to reduce eye hazards in worksites.
Some Pennsylvania workplaces might be safer for their employees since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a "Safe and Sound Campaign." The agency is asking employers to review their workplace safety and health procedures. Reducing employee injuries and illnesses may save money as well. Employers spend around $1 billion a week on workers' compensation.