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Trump administration cuts number of OSHA inspectors

In the first year of Donald Trump's presidency, 16,000 federal employees have been removed through attrition, including 40 inspectors at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 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.

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.

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