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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.

The symptoms and prevention of computer vision syndrome

Pennsylvania office workers may be interested to learn that the average American worker spends seven hours in front of a computer screen. Prolonged exposure to digital devices, like computers and even smartphones, can cause computer vision syndrome. This syndrome, which is also often referred to as digital eyestrain, can result in a number of vision-related problems for workers.

Reports calls for more consistency in safety reporting

The companies that some Pennsylvania employees work for may not have standards for safety and health reporting that are consistent with other companies. An international organization called the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability released a report on Aug. 1 that was a followup to a 2013 report. Both reports looked at companies in the Corporate Knights' Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations and how those companies tracked and reported on-the-job injuries, illnesses and fatalities that happened in the workplace.

Water pipe repair method could be dangerous to workers

There are growing concerns in Pennsylvania and across the United States that a popular procedure that has been used to repair broken water pipes could be harmful to workers. The method can release chemicals into the air and could also pose a risk to the public and the environment, researchers report.

Trenching accidents, safety violations and justice

By nature, trenching is dangerous work, and a number of criminal prosecutions have confirmed that employees who are involved in this high-risk operation must be protected from serious injury and death. Construction workers on Pennsylvania job sites may want to know about two of these high-profile criminal cases. They may also want to consider possible legal options in the event that a trenching accident results in a serious injury.

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.

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