Silica Standard Now in Full Effect

Until July 23, companies in Pennsylvania and throughout the country were not cited for making good faith efforts to comply with the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard. However, companies are now being cited for violations regardless of their efforts to comply with it. To be considered in compliance, employers must have a written silica control plan… Read More

Asbestos Causing More Deaths Than Previously Thought

Pennsylvania residents should know that the U.S. has not placed a general ban on asbestos. This toxic mineral is still -ound in many structures, and exposure to it can lead to serious health conditions like mesothelioma, which is a rare, aggressive and incurable disease. The World Health Organization estimates that every year, there are 105,000… Read More

Does Workers’ Compensation Cover my Morning Commute?

You are likely aware that your Pennsylvania employer is responsible for having workers’ compensation insurance for you and your colleagues. This insurance provides coverage for your medical bills, lost wages and other expenses if you suffer an injury on the job or develop a work-related illness. This coverage may be a great relief to you… Read More

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… Read More

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. Statistics show that the likelihood that American meat… Read More

Report on Black Lung Disease Says More Information Needed

Coal industry workers in Pennsylvania are protected against black lung disease by safety measures that control and monitor coal dust. But in recent decades there has been an increase in cases of black lung disease in coal workers. A new report looks at the problem and suggests ways to increase protection for workers. Black lung… Read More