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August 2016 Archives

Making safety a priority

For some employers in Pennsylvania and around the country, it may take an OSHA violation or a serious injury to start taking safety seriously. This could be because taking the time to train a worker could come at the expense of productivity. For instance, an experienced worker may need to train the new hire, which could take several days. In some cases, then, new employees are merely advised to read an instruction manual and figure it out as they go along.

A day at the beach: Or how that fender bender ruined your summer vacation

The weather is warm, so you take a day off, pack up the family and start heading for the ocean. You swear you can hear the waves and smell the salty air. But before you can even get on I-476, you get t-boned coming out of your favorite hoagie shop. Your tastykakes are smashed, your soda is on the floor and suddenly, you can feel a searing pain in your neck.

Workers' compensation and disability benefits: Can I get both?

There is nothing more frightening than wondering how you are going to pay your bills. It's one of the most stressful things you can go through. And when you are unable to work due to an injury you suffered on the job, you are probably feeling a little angry--if not for this accident you would be at work making money and supporting your family.

Return-to-work programs for injured workers

Most people who are injured on a job in Pennsylvania want to return to work as soon as possible. However, some injuries and illnesses require people to take time off to recover. A doctor may tell injured workers when they are fit to return to their jobs and advise them about what activities they should avoid until they are feeling better.

Flavoring chemical plants may place workers at serious risk

Pennsylvanians who work in food-processing factories have more occupational hazards to worry about than the dangers posed by industrial equipment. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, exposure to flavoring chemicals, such as those added during the manufacture of microwave popcorn and naturally released by coffee bean processing, could contribute to workers contracting permanent respiratory diseases. This is generally known as flavorings-related lung disease.

How employers can decrease workplace injuries

Occupational injuries of various types occur every day in Pennsylvania and across the nation. In fact, in 2013, American employers incurred about $62 billion in losses stemming from work-related injuries that left employees unable to work for for six days or more. Of that amount, roughly $51 billion related to disabling occupational injuries, such as overexertion, falls and repetitive motion.

Road worker safety may be enhanced by autonomous technology

Highway workers often perform repairs on dangerous active roads. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, moving vehicles were the cause of death for 49 road workers in 2014. Pennsylvania drivers may soon notice the presence of a new safety measure on roads and highways that is designed provide these road workers with some extra protection.

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