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October 2018 Archives

NEP focuses on trench and excavation issues

Many construction workers in Pennsylvania understand just how dangerous it can be to work in a trench or on an excavation site. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 130 deaths on such sites between 2011 and 2016. That's why OSHA has begun a National Emphasis Program (NEP) related to excavation and trenching. The program began on Oct. 1, and it features both prevention and employer outreach efforts.

Tuberculosis: an overview for workers

Pennsylvania residents who work in places where the same people share the same space for an extended period of time should be aware that transmission of tuberculosis is a risk that they face. This includes healthcare employees and those who work in prisons, jails, homeless and social assistance shelters and emergency shelters. The risk usually arises with a patient, prisoner or shelter client who has unrecognized TB.

OSHA Combats Trenching Workplace Accidents Through Outreach

Pennsylvania's construction industry is an important part of the state's economy, but sobering statistics reveal that construction professionals are facing increasing workplace accidents, injuries and fatalities when trenching and excavating. From 2011 to 2016, 104 deaths have been attributed to cave-ins related to trenching across the United States according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number has grown over time with 2015 and 2016 seeing spikes in workplace deaths connected to trenching accidents. Unofficial union data also points to dozens of deaths being attributed to trenching cave-ins during 2017.

CDC recommends preventative measures for carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is an occupational injury of the hands and wrists that afflicts workers in Pennsylvania who perform repetitive or forceful tasks. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified some of the industries with the highest risks for this condition that compresses the median nerve within the carpal tunnel of the wrist. Symptoms include pain, numbness, weakness and tingling in the hands and wrists. Job duties that involve repetitive tasks, vibration or forceful use of hand tools raise the risks for workers.

OIG audit finds OSHA reporting system lacking

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is not collecting enough information on workplace deaths and injuries that occur in Pennsylvania and around the country, according to a government audit report. In addition, the agency does not always issue citations to employers that fail to report these incidents.

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