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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.

Workplaces and blind spots

Workers in Pennsylvania who are employed at large warehouses or loading docks that have blind spots and heavy machinery that is frequently used to move items may be at risk for collisions, which can result in grave injuries that can sometimes be fatal. Near misses also pose a danger, such as when a worker is holding a potentially dangerous item and the effort to avoid the collision results in the worker falling or dropping it.

Faulty fall protection tops workplace safety violations

Pennsylvania construction workers are probably well aware of the dangers they face at work every day. Employers are required to meet safety standards by law. According to the National Safety Council, violation of rules designed to prevent falls is the most cited workplace safety violation. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration imposes heavy fines on employers who violate these rules in an effort to improve safety for workers.

Preventing fall accidents in warehouses

All Pennsylvania workers deserve a workplace that is safe. This includes being provided with the proper equipment and training to do their jobs safely. To help encourage safer work environments, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases incident reports so that employers can improve procedures at their own workplaces.

Protecting workers from falls

Workers in Pennsylvania might experience hazards due to fall risks. A comprehensive approach to three-dimensional dangers is needed to protect workers against falling from heights or ground level falls. The leading causes of work-related fatalities and serious injuries are falls from heights and the same level.

How to safely work in hot conditions

Workers in Pennsylvania are considered to be engaged in hot work if a job results in the creation of flames, sparks or heat in general. Drilling, welding and cutting are examples of jobs that could be considered hot work. According to groups such as the National Fire Protection Association, it may be beneficial for an employer to look for alternatives to doing hot work.

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