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January 2018 Archives

Fewer OSHA workplace safety inspectors in Trump's first year

The number of workplace safety inspectors employed by the Trump administration has fallen since October 2, according to a recent Freedom of Information Act request. The reduction has led to a 4 percent decrease in the number of safety inspectors employed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These reductions could have major implications for Pennsylvania businesses.

Truck drivers without enough rest are at risk for accidents

Your job is unique from other occupations. While many other Pennsylvania workers clock out after 8 hours, you’re still hard at work navigating your truck on the roadways. Although the nature of your job is different, you also have legal rights while in the “workplace.”

How moving could impact Social Security benefits

Pennsylvanians who receive Social Security disability benefits might wonder if moving out of state will make a difference in their monthly payments. While benefits don't vary by state, other factors could make one state more affordable than another.

Coal mining deaths rise sharply after hitting historic low

Pennsylvania coal miners have a long tradition of doing hard and dangerous work. The occupation is safer than in the past but still dangerous. Coal mining deaths hit a record low of eight in 2016 but almost doubled the following year. Federal standards involving coal miners' safety are now under review in Washington.

OSHA renews focus on female worker safety

Female workers are a vital and growing part of the construction industry in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. In the past, safety measures have not always taken their unique needs into accounts; some may be wondering what federal safety organizations like OSHA are doing in response.

Nationwide work fatalities up for the third consecutive year

Workplace fatalities were up in 2016 by 7 percent over the previous year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Pennsylvania workers might be interested in the top causes of fatal workplace accidents and which industries saw increases in worker deaths.

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