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Workplace Injuries Archives

Workplace injuries caused by vibrations

Many workers in Pennsylvania are injured every year while on the job. While some injuries are obvious, others, such as those resulting from years of exposure to vibration, may not be. Long-term exposure to vibration, from handheld tools to repetitive motions, can result in significant and debilitating injuries.

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.

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.

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 causes and cost of work-related back injuries

Back pain is a commonly reported injury in the workplace, and the types of injuries that cause back pain are herniated discs, sprains and strains. A strain occurs when there is damage to the tendons, ligaments or muscles in the back because of overuse or overstretching. Many Pennsylvania may know that this type of injury is the most vulnerable to reinjury.

Semi-truck strikes maintenance worker on turnpike

A semi-truck ran into a highway maintenance worker on Sept. 3, sending the individual to the hospital. Pennsylvania State Police report that the 11 a.m. crash happened around mile marker 327 on the turnpike near the King of Prussia interchange.

Loose sharps pose risk to sanitation workers in Pennsylvania

Every day, millions of people in the U.S. use disposable injection syringes, better known as sharps, in their offices or homes for the treatment of their chronic medical conditions. The incorrect disposal of those discarded needles could present a serious health risk to sanitation workers who could get stuck by one. A used needle could possibly expose them to dangerous diseases, like hepatitis or HIV.

Implementing a safety plan to avoid electrical equipment injury

Pennsylvania employees who work with electrical equipment may be interested in an article discussing some ways to minimize the danger of this potential workplace hazard. Having a broad safety plan in place and staying vigilant for possible threats can go a long way toward avoiding serious injuries.