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December 2014 Archives

Several workers lose fingers due to unsafe work conditions

A Pennsylvania company was investigated for serious safety violations after several of its employees injured their fingers or had them amputated as a result of workplace accidents. In June 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration initiated a review of Olympia Chimney Supply Inc. after receiving a string of similar safety complaints. The review was reportedly initiated under OSHA's National Emphasis Program on Amputations.

The high risk of farm injuries

As Pennsylvania farmers may know, the occupational agriculture may involve some risk of injury, and in some cases, the injuries may be fatal. Furthermore, because many families live on their farms, teenagers are frequently employed in the agriculture industry, and the risks for underage workers are great as well.

Man allegedly strikes, kills road superintendent worker

Police reported that a 60-year-old road construction superintendent was hit by an SUV and died on Dec. 3. According to reports, the accident occurred on Route 422 just after 11 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the highway in North Coventry Township near the highway's intersection with Route 100.

Avoiding construction accidents

Pennsylvania businesses looking to prevent construction accidents may benefit from taking proactive steps to ensure workplace safety. There are nearly 150,000 injuries at construction sites each year. Businesses can help to mitigate the chance of injury by following five crucial steps.

How to limit common workplace accidents

Pennsylvania workers may be interested to learn that the five most common causes of workplace injuries are workers being struck by objects, falling to a lower level, falling on the same level, bodily reaction and overexertion, according to the 2012 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index. Thousands of workers suffer workplace injuries every year, and the severity of such injuries can vary widely.