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Pennsylvania workplace safety and workers' age

An examination of federal employment statistics that was conducted by the Pew Research Center indicates that the percentage of people around the the country who are at least 65 years of age and who work at least part-time rose from 12.8 percent in May 2000 to 18.8 percent in May 2016. This is because a growing number of people are opting to continue working instead of retiring.

The dangers of silica exposure

Asbestos has impacted the lives of Pennsylvania residents and others in America for decades. The first lawsuit related to the material was in 1929, and subsequent lawsuits have resulted in billions of dollars being awarded. Between 1940 and 1980, the EPA believes that 27 million American workers were exposed to asbestos with approximately 200,000 dying as a result of direct exposure.

Confined spaces in construction and workplace safety

For Pennsylvania workers who do residential construction in confined spaces, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a fact sheet for employers to assist in worker safety. The fact sheet deals with OSHA's Confined Spaces in Construction standard and how employers can meet that benchmark. Confined spaces are defined as those that allow a worker to enter but are not made to be occupied continuously. They are also spaces for which entering or existing is restricted. Spaces in residential homes such as attics, crawl spaces and basements are generally not considered to be confined spaces that the OSHA standard applies to although there are some exceptions.

How to make Pennsylvania manufacturing work safer

According to the Department of Labor, nearly four out of every 100 manufacturing workers around the country get sick or injured on the job. Taking the workplace as a whole, the manufacturing sector also accounts for 57 percent of all amputations and 26 percent of all hospitalizations that occur in a given year. However, there are steps that manufacturing companies can take to keep their workers safe.

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.

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