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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.

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.

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.

Protective equipment can save lives in arc flash incidents

Personal protective equipment can be particularly important for electricians in Pennsylvania and others working on electrically risky job sites. This gear can help cut the severity and frequency of injuries and even help to save lives. Energized electrical feeds, boxes and lines pose a particular threat. While de-energizing is an important best practice in a pinch, an arc flash suit and other personal protective equipment (PPE) can save an electrical worker's skin, eyesight or life.

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