The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has just announced its list of the most frequent safety violations found in the workplace. While the list is preliminary, the numbers at this point will likely reflect the final list. The news was announced with some fanfare by Deputy Director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs on the floor of the 2018 NSC Congress & Expo, which is the largest annual gathering of safety professionals in the world.
Employees have a right to a safe workplace whether they are working at a construction site, in an office or elsewhere. This includes at a farm picking vegetables in Florida. Therefore, it was no surprise that Occupational Health and Safety Agency (OSHA) levied a fine of $12,934, which is the maximum, after a 53-year-old mother of five and grandmother of 12 was fatally struck by lightning last May while working in a field as a thunderstorm raged. She had worked for there for 15 years, first as a picker and then keeping count of harvest yields. According to local news reports, two others were injured from the strike as well.
Operating heavy machinery is necessary for some job positions. It is imperative that anyone who is going to operate these machines learns how to do so safely. When they don't, accidents can happen. Workers who are injured by unsafe operations might not be able to return to work right away.
There are many different hazards that workers face on a daily basis while they do their jobs. Employers may try to minimize risks to their employees, but there isn't any way that all work injuries will be prevented. Instead, workers need to be able to count on the workers' compensation system when they do suffer an injury that requires medical care or time off work.
Have you ever been working to dig a deep trench at a Pennsylvania construction site and thought, "This is so dangerous, if the trench collapsed right now we'd all be seriously injured." Your concerns are likely valid. Trench collapses are some of the most dangerous and deadly of all hazards you could find at construction job sites.
Did you know that some statistics on workplace accidents state that the injured worker is responsible for the accident 80 percent of the time? There are several common "root causes" of workplace accidents and with better safety training and protocol, we can reduce the chances of employees suffering an on-the-job accident.
Forklifts are dangerous pieces of machinery, and the process of loading and unloading them puts workers at significant risk -- which often goes unrecognized until an accident happens.
A member of the cleaning crew who was preparing an O'Hara Township water tower for painting managed to survive a fall of 35-40 feet directly into the tank when his scaffolding failed. Although the crew member was wearing a safety harness, it's unclear where it was anchored—and it certainly didn't seem to do much to stop his fall.
Many of our readers likely remember the tragic incident in April near Chester, Pennsylvania, where two Amtrak employees who were doing maintenance on a railroad track were struck and killed by one of the company's trains. Now the family of one of the men killed, a longtime employee of Amtrak, has filed a lawsuit against the railroad for negligence.
Despite the epidemic of sometimes-fatal abuse of opioids and other painkillers in this country, the number of opioid prescriptions given to injured workers in many states, including Pennsylvania, remains high. That's the finding of a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute.