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April 2018 Archives

Accidents on the rise for construction workers

Construction workers in Pennsylvania are part of an industry that has a reputation for workplace accidents, including those that can cause catastrophic or even fatal injuries. Despite technological advances, construction sites continue to be dangerous places to work. The Center for Construction Research and Training reported that between 2011 and 2015, fatal injuries related to construction work rose by 26 percent. Furthermore, fatalities related to workplace injuries when construction workers were caught in or between objects rose by 33 percent during that period. Older and younger workers were most likely to face a fatal outcome from such incidents.

Grain engulfment and how to prevent it

Anyone in Pennsylvania who works in or around a grain storage facility should know that grain engulfment is a safety risk. Flowing grain can trap workers in 6 to 8 seconds, completely burying them in a matter of 22 seconds. In the effort to prevent suffocation in grain, OSHA has teamed up with the National Grain and Feed Association, the American Feed Industry Association and other organizations to raise awareness of this danger.

Loud noise can lead to occupational disease

While many Pennsylvania workers know that excessive exposure to loud noise in the workplace can cause hearing loss, the effects of a noisy workplace can extend far beyond a worker's ears. One study produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found a strong link between noisy, loud workplaces and high blood pressure and high cholesterol among frequently exposed workers. In some cases, the noisy workplaces themselves were found to be responsible for these conditions, which pose a major risk of heart disease. Heart disease is the leading killer of people across the United States.

Pinch points in the workplace

Pinch points are a major hazard in workplaces across Pennsylvania, especially in the construction and manufacturing industry. Pinch points, according to OSHA, are areas in machinery where workers, or parts of their body, can get caught. These can be the areas between two moving parts of machinery, between a moving and a stationary part, or between material and some part of the machine.

New tech may reduce construction accidents

Construction workers in Pennsylvania are probably aware that they work in one of the most dangerous industries. In 2015, for instance, the U.S. saw 937 fatalities in the private construction industry. With 5.6 million employees in the field, it can be alarming to know that 1 out of every 10 is injured on site annually. This is why many employers are looking to the latest safety equipment in the effort to prevent accidents.

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