Your job requires you to lift heavy items. From boxes to machinery, these loads take a massive toll on various parts of your body but especially your shoulders and back. You understand the technique required to safely lift loads, but repetitive stress injuries (RPI) of lifting bring aches and pains.
According to the International Commission of Occupational Health, asbestos-related occupational diseases are more common than past estimates lead people to believe. In 2016, these diseases led to 222,321 deaths worldwide, including 39,275 cases in America. Pennsylvania residents can compare this with the estimates from the International Health Organization and World Health Organization, which put the number between 105,000 and 110,000.
Many industries in Pennsylvania include hazardous work that sometimes injures or kills workers. Logging, fishing, recyclers and roofers represent consistently dangerous occupations, but violence at work claims many lives each year across all occupations. The 2016 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries that the Bureau of Labor Statistics published ranked workplace violence as the second most common cause of death for employees nationwide.
Workers in Pennsylvania who are employed in the meat industry can face some of the country's most dangerous jobs. If policy changes that are being discussed go through, those workplaces could become even more risky for workers dealing directly with meat preparation and packaging. The rate of injuries in the industry is significantly greater than in other types of employment. In fact, workers in the meat industry are three times more likely to be seriously injured on the job than the average American worker. For workers dealing with pork and beef, they are seven times more likely to suffer often-disabling repetitive stress injuries.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration does not have any formal regulations that address heat stress at Pennsylvania workplaces, but it has been attempting to raise awareness regarding the dangers of environments that may be too hot for workers. An infosheet published jointly by OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health makes recommendations to help prevent work injuries or illnesses due to heat.
Pennsylvania employees who work outside during the summer months could be at risk for health issues related to heat stress. High temperatures could also cause goggles to fog up or surfaces to become extremely hot, both of which could lead to workplace accidents. According to OSHA, 24 workers died because of heat stress in 2017, but the actual number is thought to be higher.