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Short roof jobs may not need fall protection gear

When roofers and maintenance workers in Pennsylvania perform their duties, they and their employers generally need to adhere to safety rules issued the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Updated regulations for walking-working surfaces require people working less than 6 feet from the edge of a roof to set up a guardrail or wear fall arrest or travel restraint systems. Temporary or infrequent jobs, however, do not need to incorporate this equipment if people are working between 6 and 15 feet from the edge.

Protecting younger Pennsylvania workers from injuries

There are approximately 19 million workers under the age of 24, and they make up about 13 percent of the labor force around the country according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. While younger workers are generally agile and may be able to recover from workplace injuries more quickly than their older colleagues, they often lack the experience necessary to spot danger signs and avoid accidents in the first place.

Heat app takes on workplace injuries

An app that works on both iOS and Android devices has been released to protect outdoor workers in Pennsylvania and around the country from heat injury. Hailed as an important tool for worker safety, the app uses weather data to set both current and projected risk levels. This information can be used by workers and employers to reduce the risk of workplace injury in several ways.

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.

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