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January 2015 Archives

Coping with occupational hearing loss in Pennsylvania

There are an estimated 16 million people who work in manufacturing around the United States, which represents 13 percent of the overall workforce. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, hearing loss is one of the most common types of occupational illness in the manufacturing sector. To qualify as occupational hearing loss, the loss must leave a worker disabled and it must have occurred while on the job.

Fatal accidents in roadway construction

Pennsylvania workers may know that road construction sites might be a dangerous place. Although the majority of worker fatalities involve individuals working at a specific construction site, others moving through the area also get killed in accidents. Adherence to safety standards is necessary to prevent such instances, and construction company owners are obligated to see that procedures are in place to prevent accidents.

Worker presumed dead after silo collapse

Authorities are presuming that a Pennsylvania worker is dead following a silo collapse on Jan. 8. The workplace accident took place in Bristol Township in Bucks County while the victim was working at a silo that held concrete production materials. Around 4:30 a.m., the Silvi Properties building in the Riverside Industrial Complex collapsed, and the worker was trapped beneath cement and steel beams.

Amusement park faces fine OSHA citations

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration recently announced that it cited a Pennsylvania amusement park for failure to properly protect its employees from bodily harm related to heat exposure. The citation includes a financial penalty and represents the conclusion of an investigation by the federal agency that dates back more than six months, when OSHA purportedly fielded a complaint in association with a well-reported incident at the park involving a teenage worker who collapsed on account of the heat, suffering burns and other injuries.

Risks and causes of OSD

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 13 million individuals could potentially be exposed at their jobs to chemicals that are absorbed by skin. This is an especially salient issue for the many Pennsylvania residents employed in the food service, cosmetology and healthcare workplaces, where the incidence of skin exposure is highest, authorities say.