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March 2018 Archives

How new tech can benefit the construction field

The construction industry is one of the most dangerous in the world. In Pennsylvania and across the U.S., an average of 1 in 10 construction workers is injured every year. In 2015, the U.S. saw 937 workers killed in construction injuries, the highest number since 2008. Companies are therefore looking to technology to help reduce the risk of accidents and deaths.

Social Security Disability benefits and the appeals process

People in Pennsylvania who are applying for Social Security Disability may be worried about the consequences of filing a late appeal after a denial of disability benefits. If the Social Security Administration denies a disability claim, applicants are provided with 60 days in addition to five mailing days to appeal the decision in their case, starting from the date on the notice of denial. However, it can still be possible to file an appeal after that 65-day period, although it could be denied due to a lack of timely filing.

Fall prevention critical to prevent workplace injuries

Many construction zones and industrial sites in Pennsylvania rely on the work of employees who operate at high levels using fall protection equipment. Due to the inherent dangers of such jobs, these workers are particularly at risk for workplace injuries. Falls in these kinds of jobs can cause lifelong disabilities or even death. Therefore, it is particularly critical that workers have the protective equipment that can ensure safety in case of an accident.

Ex-OSHA head testifies to value of enforcement

Workers in Pennsylvania and throughout the country are kept safer through programs from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that emphasize standards, inspections and enforcement than they are through the agency's employer voluntary program. This was the gist of the testimony of the former OSHA head David Michaels at a hearing on Feb. 27 before the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.

Fact sheet from OSHA regarding silica rule

Workers in Pennsylvania who are exposed to respirable crystalline silica should be aware of a fact sheet published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The purpose of the publication is to the assist employers with adhering to the standard established by the agency for breathable crystalline silica for the general industry and maritime sector.

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