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Workplace Accidents Archives

Advocates call for improved safety monitoring

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are calling for improved tracking and surveillance of workplace injuries in Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S. Following a yearlong study of occupational safety and injury information systems, the agency released a study that indicates a need for governmental agencies to implement methods to share data and better monitor work-related injuries.

Safety risks to watch out for before a plant shutdown

Shutdowns are a routine that many factories in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. engage in. They allow time for maintenance, cleaning, technical upgrades, and other extensive projects. However, the safety risks that come with a shutdown can be different from what workers are used to when the plant is in operation. There are a few non-routine risks that management and personnel should watch out for before shutting down.

2 dead in Amtrak accident

On April 3, two workers were killed when an Amtrak train slammed into a backhoe in Chester, Pennsylvania. The two individuals were identified as a 59-year-old Lincoln University man and a 61-year-old man from Delaware. Authorities stated that the accident was caused by construction equipment that was left on the track where the train was passing through.

Safety on the job with an aging workforce

Safety on the job can be affected by many factors, and Pennsylvania employers may be surprised to learn that statistics reflect better safety levels among workers who are at or over the age of 55. There are several possible reasons, including the fact that this age group tends to be more emotionally stable. The accumulated wisdom and insight that accompanies many years of work can also play a role in safer work habits. In many cases, experienced individuals have the ability to recognize unsafe actions or patterns, heading them off by recommending changes.

Dangers of welding

Welders in Pennsylvania perform a job that has the potential to be very dangerous. However, proper safety equipment and procedures can significantly lower their chances of being injured on the job. Although frequent safety checks can sometimes seem tedious, they could help to prevent property damage, injury and even a large explosion.

OSHA plans stricter health care safety measures for nurses

OSHA has notified its regional divisions that it wants to investigate, audit and fine residential care facilities and hospitals for occupational safety issues. This is the agency's move to address the high number of injuries among health care providers in Pennsylvania and the rest of the country.

Adjusting safety eyewear

As the workforce in Pennsylvania continues to become more diverse, it is important to adjust employee protective gear to fit workers of all physical variations and genders. Safety eyewear is one of the hardest types of personal protection to customize due to the wide variation in facial features between people. Two workers of roughly the same physical size may need vastly different styles of safety eyewear.

Man presumed in silo collapse

An accident at an industrial park in Pennsylvania has led to the presumed death of one worker after he became trapped under concrete dust resulting from a silo failure. The 48-year-old man was from Bristol Township and appears to have been at work at the time of the fatal incident.

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