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May 2017 Archives

Exhaustion becoming a major problem at Tesla factory

Pennsylvania investors have been impressed by Tesla's ambitious expansion plans and production goals, but the long hours and hard work needed to meet those benchmarks is taking a heavy toll on the electric car maker's workers according to media reports. A British newspaper revealed on May 18 that ambulances have been dispatched to the company's California manufacturing plant on more than 100 occasions since 2014 to tend to workers who had either passed out while on the job or were displaying other signs of exhaustion or stress.

Many employees fear productivity more important than safety

According to a survey from the National Safety Council, a majority of construction workers believe that workplace productivity takes priority over workplace safety. Further, many employees in Pennsylvania and around the country also feel that employers do only the minimum required by law when it comes to keeping employees safe while they are on the clock.

Seeking help for musculoskeletal disorders

Most employers understand the importance of providing protective eyewear, back braces, personal fall prevention devices and hard hats to protect their employees from injury on the job. Studies show that employees can avoid many injuries if they use the appropriate safety gear and follow protocol for their own protection.

Poultry processing is a hazardous job

Employers in Pennsylvania and around the country must submit reports about any severe work-related injuries to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Accident and injury reports submitted by employers in 29 states between January 2015 and September 2016 were analyzed by researchers from the National Employment Law Project and used to create a list of the nation's most dangerous occupations. The NELP research team also used the information to identify companies that may not be doing all that they can to keep their workers safe.

Report says worker deaths still too high

According to a report issued by the AFL-CIO, workers in Pennsylvania might be less safe under the Trump administration than they were under the Obama administration. The president of the union stated that while the Obama administration's commitment to worker safety had led to tightening regulations and strengthening protections against retaliation, the aims of the Trump administration were to roll regulations back.

Lead poisoning in the workplace

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has estimated that around 838,000 construction workers and about 804,000 workers in general industry might be exposed to lead. This likely includes many Pennsylvania workers. OSHA has a minimum permissible level of lead exposure, and employers must also take certain steps to protect workers who are exposed to lead.

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