Does your employer require you to wear a back belt when lifting or moving heavier objects? Do you wear one because you feel it helps prevent injury to your back? Back injuries are a very common injury in the workplace. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), almost 20 percent of workplace injuries are back injuries. In an effort to help determine ways to prevent back injuries, NIOSH wanted to know if back belts actually helped prevent back injuries.
How safe is your workplace?
As a worker, the first thing you'll probably do if there's a workplace hazard is to go to your boss or immediate supervisor. You'll note the issue and ask for changes to be made to keep you and other workers safe. But what if your boss does nothing and the company leaves the unsafe conditions in place? Do you have any other options?
Back in March, a 61-year-old woman was found in a walk-in freezer at the hotel where she worked. She had been trapped for 13 hours. Her eyes and her head were frozen solid. The skin on her knuckles, according to her husband's complaint in a lawsuit against the hotel, had been worn away as she knocked, desperate to get out.
Employees working for Station Builders Inc., were not provided personal protective equipment and didn't use portable ladders correctly, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The federal safety agency also said that the company didn't conduct regular and frequent worksite inspections.
There are a lot of dangerous jobs out there. A requirement for employers to better protect workers is to provide "personal protective equipment" (PPE) when necessary.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's duty is to assure the safe working conditions for men and women. It sets and enforces standards, and uses training, education, outreach and more to make workplaces safe.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recently come down hard on a feed mill located in Albion, Pennsylvania. Reportedly, Albion Mill had previously been inspected by OSHA resulting in several possible citations. OSHA went back to the mill this past February and discovered that no efforts to correct hazards relating to workplace safety had been made. Specifically, Albion Mill incurred citations for the following alleged violations:
Farming and construction are mainstays for those in the Pennsylvania workforce. The abundance of these types of jobs is responsible for supporting many families in Philadelphia County. However, such industries are not without risk as too many of the state's workers have discovered.
The construction industry in Pennsylvania is thriving, thanks to the hard work and dedication of workers like you. However, the construction industry can be fraught with hazards if workers and their employers do not practice workplace safety. As in other industries, construction work needs safety measures to keep workers injury-free and to keep work flowing. Safety on-the-job benefits everyone from the worker to the client.