More than 20 percent of private sector employee deaths occur within the construction industry despite the fact that construction workers make up only 6 percent of the population. Construction workers in Pennsylvania should know that most accidents in their industry are preventable. The following is a summary of the top five hazards they face.
Some Pennsylvania workplaces have inherent hazards due to the nature of the job. However, these employers are still responsible for ensuring that the workplace is as safe as possible for employees. This includes identifying and remedying workplace hazards. To help employers with this process, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides guidance publications with recommended practices.
Employers in Pennsylvania and throughout the country don't like to miss project deadlines. However, the consequences of a workplace accident could be more significant than missing a deadline because safety rules were prioritized. To ensure that companies are putting the proper emphasis on workplace safety, owners and managers should create and champion a culture that values it. As a general rule, the workers will follow the lead of their managers.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Pennsylvania residents who work for recycling businesses may want to be extra careful as they do their jobs. That is because these types of enterprises are not necessarily among the safest places to work.
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.