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How employers can reduce injury risks from heavy machinery

In the Pennsylvania manufacturing industry, heavy machinery can help complete labor-intensive tasks quickly and correctly. However, when the machines are not used correctly, employees can be put at serious risk for injuries. As such, employers should take certain measures to ensure that employees are safe.

America's most dangerous jobs

All workers in Pennsylvania face the threat of workplace accidents and injuries. However, there are certain types of occupations that carry a higher risk of injury or death. In the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, the Bureau of Labor Statistics documents the most dangerous jobs in the country. In 2016, 5,190 civilian workers died on the job, an increase of almost 6 percent from the prior year.

Injuries at meat plants

Pennsylvania meatpackers are may incur second degree burns, fractured fingers, head trauma and amputations. According to data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, these are just a sampling of the severe injuries that can be sustained at a meat plant in the United States every week.

Excessive heat can be dangerous at work

As summer heats up, Pennsylvania workers can face additional threats to their health and safety on the job as a result of heat stress. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has no official regulations governing heat stress in the workplace. However, OSHA has engaged in an ongoing awareness campaign that aims to increase the use of preventive measures in workplaces nationwide to prevent the dangerous effects of excessive heat exposure. Even in states where heat stress is regulated for outdoor workers, regulations governing heat exposure are some of the most frequently violated rules.

Silica rule only partially in place on construction sites

For construction workers in Pennsylvania, workplace safety is often a major concern. The industry is a common source of accidents and injuries on the job. Aside from the traditional dangers posed by falls and heavy equipment, exposure to deadly and toxic materials of different kinds can also be a significant concern. One material that is the subject of a newly enforced government regulation yet continues to pose a threat to workers is silica dust.

Startup develops tech for improving workplace safety

Worldwide, workplace accidents lead to more than 500 injuries every minute. In the U.S., these accidents burden employers and insurance companies with billions of dollars in annual workers' compensation claims. Both employers and employees in Pennsylvania may be wondering what can be done to reduce the hazards that lurk in their workplace.

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.

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