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What the numbers say about worker safety

In 2016, there was a 7 percent increase in worker fatalities compared to 2015. Pennsylvania workers and others throughout the country were most likely to be killed while transporting something. Workers were also most likely to die in instances of workplace violence as well as by overdosing while on the job. Workplace violence incidents increased 23 percent in 2016 while overdose incidents increased by 32 percent.

Hazards to look out for during a plant shutdown

Temporary plant shutdowns are a common way to make time for maintenance, housekeeping, upgrades, and other projects. However, they can create a work environment full of unfamiliar safety risks. This is why factory owners in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. need to be aware of some non-routine hazards during shutdowns and how to address them.

Neglected ergonomics may rob you of health and peace of mind

Regardless of your occupation, you could be at risk of suffering ergonomic injuries that are preventable if you know the danger signs. The hazards of different types of jobs can vary. Physical demands of your job may pose ergonomic risks, which could cause injuries and time off work. The origin of the danger could be the equipment or tools you use or the awkward body position you must maintain for extended periods.

Plant workers may be scared to speak out

Pennsylvania workers and others who work in meat or poultry facilities may fear retaliation from their employers. This may prevent them from reporting injuries or other unsafe conditions that they experience while on the job. According to a survey from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, OSHA may have a harder time helping employees because they won't reach out for assistance because they fear they'll lose their jobs if they do.

TB transmission still a risk in many workplaces

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease usually affecting the lungs or larynx and caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, a bacterium that easily spreads in areas where many people are together for long periods of time. This includes everything from hospitals to prisons, jails and homeless shelters. Residents of Pennsylvania should know what the dangers are and what can be done after a TB diagnosis.

Technology and training can prevent trucks from hitting workers

A busy construction site in Pennsylvania could have trucks moving near workers on foot. Whenever people and heavy equipment mix, the risk of a backover accident could be high. In 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 70 people died on the job when they were hit or crushed by moving vehicles. Employers have several strategies to draw upon to reduce these workplace hazards.

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