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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.

Cold weather can be dangerous for employees

When winter weather comes to Pennsylvania, outdoor workers may face hazards that accompany sleet, snow, ice and freezing winds. While many people may be aware of the dangers of heat stress like dehydration or exhaustion, cold stress can also pose significant risks to the human body. Extremely low temperatures can reduce the body's ability to warm itself, leading to a dropping core temperature and the dangerous potential of frostbite, numbness or hypothermia. While these can pose a threat in cold temperatures overall, the risk can be increased by damp air, contact with cold water or escalated wind speed.

Employees have the right to a safe work area

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 provides workers in Pennsylvania and throughout America with the right to a safe workplace. Under this legislation, workers are protected from retaliation in the event that they make a complaint to OSHA. In fact, the legislation allows workers to accompany OSHA representatives on any inspection that the organization makes. An individual is allowed to receive training and clear instructions on how to avoid hazards at a given job site.

Printing industry poses significant health hazards to workers

The digital age has not removed the need to print large quantities of packages and publications in Pennsylvania. Printing involves many large machines and chemicals, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration considers it a high-hazard industry. The agency's report for fiscal year 2018 that ended on Sept. 30, highlighted the top workplace safety violations for printing companies. Fines imposed on employers for any of these violations could easily cost $3,000 to $10,000.

Seasonal workers have a right to a safe workplace

Workers in Pennsylvania may face unexpected dangers on the job, especially part-time seasonal workers who take an extra job during the holidays to supplement their income. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is issuing reminders to employers about their responsibilities for workplace safety and fair pay. An OSHA official emphasized that workers have a right to a safe environment on the job, including people doing escalated seasonal work including home deliveries, retail sales, shipping and packing or shelf stocking.

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.

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.

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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