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July 2017 Archives

Fatal trenching accidents and industry safety standards

With more than 20 trenching deaths around the country reported in 2016, Pennsylvania construction workers may want to know more about this high-risk job. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, fatal trench-related incidents are preventable when safe operating procedures are in place and contractors comply with industry safety standards. However, criminal convictions in trench-collapse cases indicate that safety may sometimes be overlooked.

Workers' compensation and wearable technology

Pennsylvania workers who are injured on the job may benefit from the advancements in wearable and smart technologies. The innovations are transforming certain aspects of workers' compensation, including how workplace injuries are managed, how quality care is provided and how rehabilitation is facilitated.

Statistics show younger workers at risk for injury

Young workers in Pennsylvania may be at a greater risk of injury on the job than their older counterparts. It is estimated that they suffer injuries that must be treated in emergency rooms at a rate two times greater than workers older than 24. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, in 2015, more than 400 workers younger than 24 died from workplace injuries. Among that number, 24 were younger than 18. That same year, there was a total of 19.1 million workers younger than 24, and this made up 13 percent of the workforce.

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