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Amazon workers complain of unsafe workplaces

Amazon workers in Pennsylvania and across the country may be concerned about safety on the job. According to a recent investigation, workers at some Amazon warehouses report very poor job conditions. Across the United States, there are over 140 warehouses or fulfillment centers that process and package orders for the online retail giant.

Workplace safety rules for hazardous materials

Employers in Pennsylvania have a responsibility for making sure that the workers who have to work with or around hazardous materials are aware of the basic safety rules. A list of the rules for handling such materials can be presented at a safety meeting during which the employees should be encouraged to assist with adding to the list.

America's most dangerous jobs

For some, the possibility of experiencing a fatal accident might be an occupational hazard that they have to go through every day. Yet, not all jobs are equally dangerous. For instance, a logging worker in Pennsylvania is more at risk of having an accident than an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley.

Coal dust exposure remains ongoing health problem for miners

Coal mining forms part of the economy and history of Pennsylvania. Underground mining, however, exposes workers to coal dust, which builds up in the lungs and causes serious and sometimes fatal health problems. Pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease, has increased among miners despite workplace safety regulations that are meant to reduce coal dust exposure. Researchers also suspect that coal dust promotes lung cancer and emphysema.

Insect-borne illnesses rise, put outdoor workers at high risk

Illnesses caused by mosquito, tick and flea bites have been on the rise throughout Pennsylvania and the rest of the U.S. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a new report saying that between 2004 and 2016, the number of cases involving such illnesses has more than tripled. Over 640,000 cases arose within that 12-year period.

Software startup aims to improve workplace safety

Every year, workers' compensation claims cost employers and insurance companies across the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars. Everything from radiation exposure to slip-and-fall hazards can present themselves in a Pennsylvania workplace. In fact, analysts say that 500 workplace injuries happen every minute throughout the world.

Worksite safety increased by preemptive safety measures

According to the 2018 Safety Performance Report issued by the Associated Builders and Contractors, Pennsylvania construction sites that use the organization's Safety Performance Evaluation Process (STEP) could see a drastic improvement workplace safety. The report states that job site safety can be enhanced by up to 670 percent more than the average for the industry. Enacting the proactive measures may also lower reportable safety incidents by up to 85 percent.

Workplace noise linked to high blood pressure, high cholesterol

Loud noises in the workplace may be harming the health of Pennsylvania workers, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The research was published in the April issue of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.

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.

Black lung on the rise among coal miners

In Pennsylvania and other states with a sizeable coal mining industry, the number of coal miners being diagnosed with black lung disease is on the rise. In 2016, NPR surveyed 11 black lung clinics and found that there were 962 cases that year. Since then, the investigation begun by NPR has tallied over 1,000 more. This can be shocking considering how there were just 31 cases at the end of the previous century.

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