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August 2017 Archives

The symptoms and prevention of computer vision syndrome

Pennsylvania office workers may be interested to learn that the average American worker spends seven hours in front of a computer screen. Prolonged exposure to digital devices, like computers and even smartphones, can cause computer vision syndrome. This syndrome, which is also often referred to as digital eyestrain, can result in a number of vision-related problems for workers.

Reports calls for more consistency in safety reporting

The companies that some Pennsylvania employees work for may not have standards for safety and health reporting that are consistent with other companies. An international organization called the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability released a report on Aug. 1 that was a followup to a 2013 report. Both reports looked at companies in the Corporate Knights' Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations and how those companies tracked and reported on-the-job injuries, illnesses and fatalities that happened in the workplace.

Landscapers: Do you know the poisoning risks of your job?

If you are an employee of a landscaper in Pennsylvania, you might be aware of the dangers posed by the equipment you use. But, do you know that you are also at a high risk of being poisoned? Does your employer provide safety training and personal protective equipment to keep you safe? These are Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements, and non-compliance can be to your detriment.

Water pipe repair method could be dangerous to workers

There are growing concerns in Pennsylvania and across the United States that a popular procedure that has been used to repair broken water pipes could be harmful to workers. The method can release chemicals into the air and could also pose a risk to the public and the environment, researchers report.

Confined spaces in construction and workplace safety

For Pennsylvania workers who do residential construction in confined spaces, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a fact sheet for employers to assist in worker safety. The fact sheet deals with OSHA's Confined Spaces in Construction standard and how employers can meet that benchmark. Confined spaces are defined as those that allow a worker to enter but are not made to be occupied continuously. They are also spaces for which entering or existing is restricted. Spaces in residential homes such as attics, crawl spaces and basements are generally not considered to be confined spaces that the OSHA standard applies to although there are some exceptions.

Trenching accidents, safety violations and justice

By nature, trenching is dangerous work, and a number of criminal prosecutions have confirmed that employees who are involved in this high-risk operation must be protected from serious injury and death. Construction workers on Pennsylvania job sites may want to know about two of these high-profile criminal cases. They may also want to consider possible legal options in the event that a trenching accident results in a serious injury.

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