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Advocates call for updated workplace safety monitoring

An analysis completed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is complete after a year of studying methodology for tracking and preventing workplace injury and disease. The agency is now calling for a reconfigured system of health surveillance to improve overall occupational safety throughout Pennsylvania and the rest of the U.S. Health surveillance… Read More


Workplace fatalities rose sharply in 2016

A number of Pennsylvanians suffer serious injuries or fatalities every year while they are working at their jobs. A recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that workplace fatalities sharply increased in 2016. According to the report, workplace fatalities increased by 7 percent overall in 2016. A total of 5,190 workplace deaths… Read More


Fewer OSHA inspectors: What does it mean for workers?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has lost approximately 40 inspectors in the past year. 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. When inspectors… Read More


Hospitals: surprisingly dangerous places to work

Pennsylvania readers know that working in the health care industry comes with its challenges, and one of these may include the increased risk of becoming ill due to exposure or suffering an injury on the job. Many people overlook another danger that health care workers face, and that is the threat of violence in the workplace…. Read More


Coal mining deaths increased in 2017

In 2017, coal production spiked in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. Unfortunately, coal mining deaths also increased over the same period. According to federal statistics, 15 coal miners died in U.S. mines last year, compared to eight in 2016. West Virginia led the nation with eight miner fatalities, and Kentucky came in second with two… Read More


OSHA allies with NAWIC to improve female worker safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is known for its regulations and guidelines on workplace safety. Through the OSHA Alliance Program, it partners with other organizations at the national level to focus on specific issues and provide greater access to safety tools and information. One such issue, which many workers in Pennsylvania may be aware… Read More