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December 2013 Archives

Employee injured in workplace robbery

Police are investigating an incident at a state liquor store in Pennsylvania that left one store employee injured. News sources report that the workplace injury occurred when a man who entered the premises pistol whipped a female clerk after robbing the store. Although video surveillance equipment captured footage of the alleged robber as he walked inside and pulled out a handgun, sources indicate that his identity is not yet known. Law enforcement officials are seeking assistance from the public in locating the robber.

Roofer cited for safety hazard by OSHA after 3 fall ill in heat

A Pennsylvania roofing company was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for not offering employees adequate protection against heat hazards while they worked on a middle school in the town of Boothwyn. The OSHA rules were intended to prevent workplace injury or death during operations that take place in hot environments. The safety agency proposed the maximum fine allowed for what is termed a serious violation, $7,000. Their investigation followed the hospitalization of three workers for heat stress during a roofing project.

Enforcing executive order regarding chemical safety

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is asking for input from businesses and individuals in Pennsylvania and around the country on changing its construction safety and other standards in order to stop dangerous chemical accidents. The request for information comes after an executive order was issued in response to the April 2013 chemical explosion that claimed the lives of 15 people in West, Texas.

People should take steps to preserve their hearing

Police officers expose themselves to extremely loud noises while on the job. Officers in Pennsylvania and around the country must take the necessary steps to preserve their hearing. Hearing loss often goes unnoticed until far later in life. It is very uncommon for young men and women to have hearing problems under the age of 50. Problems are typically not detected early as no normal hearing test exists in annual health physicals.