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November 2018 Archives

Increasing awareness of workplace safety issues specific to women

According to experts who spoke at a women's workplace safety summit, safety issues faced by working women in Pennsylvania and other parts of the country are not being sufficiently addressed. It's an important issue due to the fact that 70 percent of the nearly 17,000 employees who experienced trauma as a result of workplace violence in 2016 were female according to Bureau of Labor Statistics figures. Topics covered during the gathering included ill-fitting personal protective equipment and workplace violence affecting women working in healthcare and retail occupations.

Robotics safety in the workplace

As automation has changed many industries for workers in Pennsylvania, it can also have effects on workplace safety. Industrial robots have been a part of the manufacturing and production process for decades, and there are a number of laws and regulations that address the safety issues associated with them. In 1987, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration first issued its guidelines on robotics safety. It noted that as the use of robotics in industry continues to rise, workers could face injuries without sufficient guarding and training.

Pallet safety

When you see and use pallets every day, they can seem harmless. It’s just another thing that helps you get your job done.

Winter weather can pose risk to construction workers

Construction workers in Pennsylvania often face dangerous conditions on the job that can all too easily lead to workplace accident or injury. This is especially true in the winter season when dark skies, cold temperatures and snowy precipitation may add extra risks to a construction area. Workers may be more vulnerable to frostbite, and equipment could be damaged in winter weather. Safety measures help make winter construction safer for everyone involved.

Fall protection issues lead workplace safety violations

Pennsylvania workers can face an array of dangerous conditions in the workplace, some of which are caused by an employer's neglect of federal safety standards. At the 2018 National Safety Council Congress, an Occupational Safety and Health Administration deputy director unveiled the agency's top 10 violations of workplace safety rules for the prior year. The statistics covered the period beginning in October 2017 and ending in September 2018, and they highlighted certain common hazards on the job.

Former couple from PA accused of massive SSD fraud

In closing the estate of a disabled veteran early this fall, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania became alerted to a case of fraud that has now resulted in charges being filed against a formerly married couple. The two are accused of defrauding a disabled veteran of $316,360 in VA and Social Security disability benefits over the course of twelve years.

OSHA's NEP for trenching and excavation safety begins

Employers in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. know that trenching and excavation operations can be fraught with hazards. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there have been 130 trenching- and excavation-related fatalities between 2011 and 2016. Nearly half of these occurred between 2015 and 2016, revealing an upward trend. Also, 80 percent of these fatalities were at private construction sites.

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