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Technological advances could help reduce workplace injuries

New technologies could potentially help create a path to safer workplaces for Pennsylvania construction workers. The construction industry can be one of the most dangerous globally. From machinery accidents to falls from heights, there are a number of risks that construction workers face every day on the job. In 2015, 937 workers’ lives were lost… Read More


OSHA institutes new penalties for silica violations

Crystalline silica dust is a respiratory hazard that many workers in Pennsylvania have to face, such as those in the construction and mining industries. Approximately 2.3 million Americans are exposed to it daily, and many develop conditions like lung cancer and kidney disease as a result. In 2013, OSHA instituted the first safety rules for… Read More


Shouldering the pain of a rotator cuff injury

When you felt the tearing pain in your shoulder, you knew it was not a good sign. Perhaps the pain did not come at once but gradually increased until you could not lift your arm. You may have experienced a rotator cuff injury, one of the more common and painful injuries in the workplace. Whether… Read More


Construction fatalities often caused by falls

Falls are the cause of nearly half of construction worker deaths in Pennsylvania and throughout the country. This was the conclusion reached by the Center for Construction Research and Training. The CPWR used information from the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program to create a database of 768 fatality reports from 1982 to 2015…. Read More


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… Read More