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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.

Scissor lift safety

The improper use of scissor lifts has the potential to result in workplace accidents that can cause catastrophic injuries or death. Pennsylvania workers who may have to use scissor lifts as part of their job should be aware of the ways to remain safe while operating the equipment.

OSHA addresses policies that deter injury reporting

Employers in Pennsylvania and around the country are required to report workplace accidents and injuries to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a timely manner, and the safety agency began enforcing a new rule on Dec. 1 that takes aim at company policies and procedures that either discourages workers from reporting injuries or punishes them in some way for doing so. The anti-retaliation provisions also require employers to let their workers know about these rights by placing a poster provided by OSHA prominently in the workplace.

OSHA lowers beryllium exposure limits in the workplace

Pennsylvania residents who are employed in shipyards or construction may be interested to learn that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule that lowered the permissible exposure limit of beryllium in certain workplaces. This lightweight metal, which is often found used in industries that deal with energy or electronics, can be highly toxic if it is breathed in by workers.

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