Loading docks are the center of the action in Pennsylvania manufacturing plants and warehouses, and because of this, they are the site of frequent accidents and injuries. Employers will want to consider the following five steps toward a safer loading dock.
Pennsylvania welders always have a serious risk of becoming injured while welding. In particular, they are often at risk for burn hazards as a result of the sparks and spatter that can fly off the welding arc. Additionally, working with hot equipment could pose risks while the arc rays themselves created during welding can cause radiation burns. To help prevent welding injuries on the job, the American Welding Society provides a number of tips.
OSHA has been helping employers in Pennsylvania take steps to improve the safety of their employees. At first, it was thought that a top-down approach to worker safety was needed. With this approach, the management staff and business owners bear the brunt of the responsibility of enforcing safety techniques. Quickly, it was realized that a top-down approach is not good enough. This is why OSHA, in conjunction with the private industry, developed standards that work in the opposite direction. The standards make it possible for employees to work safely while handling electricity in the workplace.
Many business owners in Pennsylvania believe that they can keep their risk of workplace accidents down as long as employees follow established procedures. However, simply complying with procedures, as if one were checking items off a list, does not address the actual risks that are present in the workplace. This is why experts recommend a transition from a safety-minded culture to a risk-minded culture.
The American Ladder Institute designated March 2019 as National Ladder Safety Month, and it can serve as a good reminder to many in Pennsylvania, whether employers or employees, of the dangers associated with ladders. More than 300 people die in ladder-related accidents every year. The following are some tips for reducing the number of fatalities and injuries involving ladders.
Pennsylvania construction workers may soon be wearing hard hats with sensors and similar "wearables." The purpose of this type of technology is to improve the safety and health of employees. However, some workers may not be so thrilled about technology that can track their movements because of concerns about too much oversight by watchful employers.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there were more than 70,000 on-the-job shoulder injuries in 2016. Truck drivers in Pennsylvania may be especially vulnerable to shoulder injury when lowering or raising their trailers, a task known as cranking. A study published by the journal Applied Ergonomics on Oct. 3 examined the technique of 12 male drivers to determine the ideal cranking position for avoiding injury.
In certain cases, OHSA is allowed to use drones to assist in investigations that take place in Pennsylvania and other states. However, contractors have many different concerns related to this practice. For instance, there may be many different employers working on a construction site.
A majority of the contract workers who die in electrocution accidents are construction workers. This was the conclusion of the National Fire Protection Association after researchers studied U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data on electrocution deaths from 2012 to 2016. Contract workers in Pennsylvania, whether self-employed or not, should know that they composed 13 percent of all electrocution deaths in that period.
Winter weather in Pennsylvania can be more than just a temporary inconvenience for outdoor workers. Other than cooler temps, winter also brings with it a slew of potentially risky conditions. For this reason, employers are urged to recognize common winter weather hazards and provide their workers with properly maintained vehicles and the correct personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes appropriate personal fall protection systems for employees regularly working from heights.