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February 2019 Archives

Small electronics could enhance workplace safety

For some Pennsylvania workers, wearable technologies may help to prevent accidents and injuries on the job. These kind of electronics are attached to the body and can encompass a wide range of activities, from small fitness trackers to substantial protective gear. Hard hats may have sensors embedded to detect incoming dangers, while goggles may include displays that alert workers to potential problems. They could also help to correct ergonomic issues in the work environment while monitoring stress, fatigue and other conditions that could contribute to risk.

OSHA releases fact sheet on carbon monoxide poisoning

When the weather gets colder in Pennsylvania, the risk of carbon monoxide exposure for workers increases. To help reduce the risk, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a communiqué to employers about the potential hazards of carbon monoxide. The administration also has a fact sheet pamphlet written for employers. This sheet provides techniques for minimizing exposure to workers.

How to qualify for supplemental security income

People with disabilities in Pennsylvania who are unable to hold gainful employment may qualify for assistance through the Supplemental Security Income program. For those over the age of 65, qualifying may not be very difficult even if their disability isn't debilitating. For those under 65, however, a person must demonstrate that they have a disability that prevents them from working and that they have no other means of gaining financial assistance.

Workplace injuries come in all shapes and sizes

When most people think of workers’ compensation they think of severe, debilitating injuries that may have permanent or long-term consequences. The fact is that any type of injury, no matter how small, affects an employee’s ability to do his or her job. A pulled muscle or sprained ankle limits productivity and, depending on the work, might mean they remain out of the office until fully healed.

Tips to stay safe while in a tractor

According to OSHA, tractor rollovers cause about 130 fatal injuries per year in Pennsylvania and throughout the country. However, the organization has released a guide that is intended to keep tractor drivers safe. For instance, an individual has a greater chance of avoiding injury or death by only riding in tractors that have roll bars or cages. Drivers are also encouraged to wear safety belts and avoid slopes that are too steep.

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