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OSHA alliance aims to reduce entertainment workplace injuries

Many consider the entertainment industry to be exciting and full of glamour. However, the complex set constructions, stunts and other arts projects can also be a source of workplace accidents and injuries. For example, Pennsylvania workers in the entertainment industry could be injured by electrical issues, falls or problems with ergonomics. Because of the concern for workplace safety in entertainment, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is renewing an existing alliance with industry associations and unions to help cut down risks for workers.

The alliance partners OSHA with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology for the next five years. The three organizations will work together to prevent on-the-job injuries and accidents by promoting safety standards and helpful technology like fall avoidance and fall arrest systems.

The federal agency, labor union and professional association will also work together on general safety campaigns. This entertainment program comes alongside other alliance programs developed by OSHA in order to help improve safety by working collaboratively with interested groups in various industries. OSHA fosters these alliances while continuing traditional rulemaking and enforcement efforts.

Despite such efforts, however, many workplaces in a variety of industries pose severe dangers to worker health and safety. Employees who have been injured on the job due to a workplace accident, toxic exposure or other incidents have rights. An injured employee can partner with a workers' compensation lawyer in order to protect and secure their rights. Compensation could ultimately help cover medical bills and missed paychecks.

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