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Grain engulfment and how to prevent it

Anyone in Pennsylvania who works in or around a grain storage facility should know that grain engulfment is a safety risk. Flowing grain can trap workers in 6 to 8 seconds, completely burying them in a matter of 22 seconds. In the effort to prevent suffocation in grain, OSHA has teamed up with the National Grain and Feed Association, the American Feed Industry Association and other organizations to raise awareness of this danger.

Fatigue can be dangerous for EMS workers

Fatigue can be a major contributor to workplace hazards for Pennsylvania paramedics. It can make vehicle operation particularly dangerous, and ambulance driving is a major part of EMS work. Because of the impact of fatigue, the National Association of State EMS Officials has joined with the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center to create guidelines that aim to lower its prevalence.

Advocates call for updated workplace safety monitoring

An analysis completed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is complete after a year of studying methodology for tracking and preventing workplace injury and disease. The agency is now calling for a reconfigured system of health surveillance to improve overall occupational safety throughout Pennsylvania and the rest of the U.S.

Fewer OSHA inspectors: What does it mean for workers?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has lost approximately 40 inspectors in the past year. OSHA is responsible for protecting workers safety and health, especially in high-risk environments like manufacturing plants and construction sites, so the decrease has had major, and possibly long-term, effects. Workers in Pennsylvania will want to know what these effects are.

Hazards to look out for during a plant shutdown

Temporary plant shutdowns are a common way to make time for maintenance, housekeeping, upgrades, and other projects. However, they can create a work environment full of unfamiliar safety risks. This is why factory owners in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. need to be aware of some non-routine hazards during shutdowns and how to address them.

OSHA enforces BBP standards for TOMRA NY Recycling

While TOMRA NY Recycling LLC may be an unfamiliar name to many Pennsylvanians, anyone who works in the solid waste collection and recycling industry should know about the settlement agreement the company entered into with OSHA. To some, the agreement is an indication that OSHA is working harder toward enforcing BBP standards in the recycling industry.

Six ways that floor mats benefit businesses

Every year, workplace injuries cost business owners billions of dollars in injury claims and leave them with many lost work hours to contend with. Last year, private industry employers reported nearly 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. This may cause business owners in Pennsylvania to wonder how they can prevent accidents from taking place.

How 11th Circuit ruling could impact workers and employers

Pennsylvania workers and others working around machinery may be subject to OSHA's new lockout/tag-out (LOTO) standard. However, there had been some question as to what the legal definition of machine was under this standard. Specifically, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit was asked to decide which pieces of equipment constituted a machine. The ruling would help determine when all pieces of a machine must be turned off if only one part is being serviced.

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