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February 2018 Archives

Women's work injury rates impacted by stress, depression

Pennsylvania men are more likely to be injured on the job. However, their injury rates are seldom influenced by the presence of mental health factors. On the other hand, women's injury rates are. This is the conclusion of a new study conducted by researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health.

Upsurge in black lung cases among coal miners

Miners in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the United States have been known for their risk of black lung, a term for a number of respiratory illnesses caused by exposure to coal dust. Reports indicated that as the 21st century dawned, the risk of black lung was at its lowest point with only 31 cases of the most severe form of the disorder reported. However, as of 2018, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has found larger numbers of disease sufferers. There have been 416 cases of progressive massive fibrosis or complicated black lung reported in three clinics between 2013 and 2017.

Guidelines seek to improve EMS worker safety

Pennsylvania paramedics have a tough job to do. Often taking on 24-hour shifts, many suffer from poor sleep quality and both mental and physical fatigue. This can affect their capabilities as ambulance drivers and their decision-making aptitude when caring for patients.

Making warehouse and factory work safer

Pennsylvania residents who work in warehouses or factories have one of the most dangerous jobs. There are more work injuries at these types of facilities than at other types of workplaces. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration pays close attention to the issue of warehouse and factory safety, and it offers some tips to both employers and workers for making this type of industrial work safer.

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