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Construction industry investing in updated hard hat designs

Those who work in the construction industry in Pennsylvania may be interested to learn that some firms are working on developing new designs for safety hats that could provide workers better protection against potentially fatal falls and other accidents. Some firms are looking towards head protection devices utilized by those in mountaineering and other extreme sports or hobbies.

How medical marijuana can have an impact on the workplace

Pennsylvania workers may be aware that the use of marijuana for medical reasons is becoming more prevalent throughout the nation as more states are legalizing it. While medical marijuana often has benefits for many users, there are workplace safety concerns around the drug.

Exhaustion becoming a major problem at Tesla factory

Pennsylvania investors have been impressed by Tesla's ambitious expansion plans and production goals, but the long hours and hard work needed to meet those benchmarks is taking a heavy toll on the electric car maker's workers according to media reports. A British newspaper revealed on May 18 that ambulances have been dispatched to the company's California manufacturing plant on more than 100 occasions since 2014 to tend to workers who had either passed out while on the job or were displaying other signs of exhaustion or stress.

Many employees fear productivity more important than safety

According to a survey from the National Safety Council, a majority of construction workers believe that workplace productivity takes priority over workplace safety. Further, many employees in Pennsylvania and around the country also feel that employers do only the minimum required by law when it comes to keeping employees safe while they are on the clock.

Poultry processing is a hazardous job

Employers in Pennsylvania and around the country must submit reports about any severe work-related injuries to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Accident and injury reports submitted by employers in 29 states between January 2015 and September 2016 were analyzed by researchers from the National Employment Law Project and used to create a list of the nation's most dangerous occupations. The NELP research team also used the information to identify companies that may not be doing all that they can to keep their workers safe.

Is it possible to make construction sites safer?

Construction work is difficult, and individuals who work on construction sites face exposure to various risks every time they go to work. While this type of work may come with inherent risks, it is possible to make job sites safer and to decrease the chances of accidents.

Reducing the risk to construction workers in Pennsylvania

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 900 construction workers were killed in 2015. This figure represents the most deadly year for construction workers since 2008. One potential reason for this increase may be that the higher demand for employees in this industry has led to many inexperienced being hired.

Feds target repeat offenders to promote workplace safety

Although most Pennsylvania employers recognize the value of a safe work environment, some companies show a willful disregard for the Occupational Safety and Health Act. A representative from the U.S. Department of Labor explained that the agency takes a targeted approach to safety compliance due to limited resources. Companies that repeatedly violate safety standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration tend to receive enforcement actions.

The safety of chains versus gates in fall protection

Employees in Pennsylvania might wonder whether it is appropriate to use chains as a fall protection method with ladders. Although some facilities do use chains instead of gates, chains are not safe because unlike a self-closing gate, they require a worker to manually close them. Many workers may be unaware of this danger.

Preventing warehouse injuries

Pennsylvania employees who work in a warehouse may wish to learn more about how the safety of the premises could be improved. Workplace accidents can inflict serious hardship for employer and employee alike, but many such accidents could be avoided with greater care taken ahead of time.

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