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Report says worker deaths still too high

According to a report issued by the AFL-CIO, workers in Pennsylvania might be less safe under the Trump administration than they were under the Obama administration. The president of the union stated that while the Obama administration's commitment to worker safety had led to tightening regulations and strengthening protections against retaliation, the aims of the Trump administration were to roll regulations back.

Workplace safety in Pennsylvania chemical plants

There are a number of potential injuries that someone working in a chemical plant may sustain. Along with getting chemical burns from direct exposure to hazardous substances, people may also inhale dangerous fumes they give off. Additionally, as is the case in most workplaces that contain a lot of equipment, workers may be hurt by machinery or simply trip and fall.

Entrapments, fatalities on rise at grain handling facilities

Since 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has reportedly scaled back federal inspections of bean and grain wholesalers. Now, workers in Pennsylvania may want to be aware that groups within the agriculture industry may soon ask agency officials to consider ending additional programs at the regional level. This news comes as study results show that grain silos have been and may continue to be dangerous places to work.

OSHA campaign for workers' safety and health

Employers in the United States have an obligation to provide a safe workplace for their employees. Workers in Pennsylvania should know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched the Safe and Sound Campaign. It is an operation geared toward having employers review their safety and health programs to ensure that workers are sufficiently protected and to reduce workplace injuries and death.

When an employer is criminally responsible for a death

Pennsylvania employers run the risk of criminal penalties if an employee dies on the job and if the death was due to a willful health and safety violation, but criminal prosecution in these circumstances is rare. Only 88 workplace fatalities were prosecuted between 1970 and 2015 out of more than 400,000 workplace fatalities.

I've been hurt at work: Am I eligible for workers' compensation?

One of the most frightening events you can experience is being injured on the job. After all, when your ability to make a living is affected, this can take both an emotional and a financial toll. Fortunately, workers' compensation is available to provide financial help to Pennsylvania employees who work-related injuries.

The dangers of working in a hospital

Health care workers are some of the most important and undervalued employees in any industry. While doctors, nurses and care providers of all kinds face injuries and risks everyday, those who are employed in a hospital are particularly susceptible to suffering from injuries while at work. In fact, these workers face higher risks than construction workers, manufacturing employees and those employed in the private sector.

Musculoskeletal injuries cost construction workers wages

Construction workers in Pennsylvania and across the nation still face a serious risk of suffering an on-the-job injury despite advances in protective equipment and stricter safety regulations and protocols. A report published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine reveals that the nation's construction workers are particularly likely to suffer musculoskeletal injuries caused by bending, twisting or other awkward body postures. These injuries cost workers about $46 million in lost wages in 2014 according to the report.

Defining suspension trauma and preventing it in the workplace

Many Pennsylvania employees who work at great heights use a fall arrest safety system to keep them safe should they fall. These systems usually comprise full-body harnesses and anchor points to protect workers from hitting the ground. While they absolutely save lives, there are a few risks both employers and employees should be aware of.

Researchers propose computer vision solution to job injuries

Pennsylvania workers may soon enjoy safer work environments thanks to smartphones. Industrial systems engineering teams at the University of Wisconsin-Madison believe that these devices can be used to improve measurements of job site risk and potentially make it easier to promote safe behaviors. The researchers have created computer vision algorithms that analyze different types of activities depicted in workplace videos to examine how repetitive motions and other behaviors might contribute to harm on the job.

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