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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.

Some workers face increased risk of death on the job

For many workers in Pennsylvania, going to work can also mean putting one's life on the line, especially for people involved in particularly hazardous professions. In 2016, 5,190 American workers wee killed at work, marking an increase from the prior year, when 4,836 people lost their lives on the job. This means that every day, 15 workers lose their lives due to hazards and dangers on the job.

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.

Preventing work-related eye injuries

Some Pennsylvania workers receive eye injuries on the job, making it important for them to follow eye safety practices. These injuries may range in severity from eyestrain to eye traumas that may result in blindness or the loss of the eyes. By adhering to eye safety practices, people may be able to prevent these types of injuries.

OSHA renews alliance with entertainment industry groups

Pennsylvania readers may be interested to learn that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has renewed its alliance with two leading entertainment groups in an effort to promote health and safety among workers in the entertainment industry. The new alliance will last five years and involves members of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada.

OSHA standards do most to protect workers

Federal laws require Pennsylvania employers to maintain safe work environments for their employees. According to David Michaels, the former head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the best way to accomplish that goal is for the federal government to concentrate its efforts on safety standards, inspection and enforcement.

Construction fatalities often caused by falls

Falls are the cause of nearly half of construction worker deaths in Pennsylvania and throughout the country. This was the conclusion reached by the Center for Construction Research and Training. The CPWR used information from the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program to create a database of 768 fatality reports from 1982 to 2015. Utilizing the Construction FACE Database, it was determined that 42 percent of fatalities were caused by falls.

OSHA allies with NAWIC to improve female worker safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is known for its regulations and guidelines on workplace safety. Through the OSHA Alliance Program, it partners with other organizations at the national level to focus on specific issues and provide greater access to safety tools and information. One such issue, which many workers in Pennsylvania may be aware of, is how to address the hazards that face women in the construction industry.

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