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December 2012 Archives

Carpenter survey reveals reluctance to report injuries

No one has ever said carpentry was a particularly safe job, but new a new study sponsored by the Center for Construction Research and Training suggests that it may be more dangerous than previously thought. The study was ordered in response to concerns that carpenters may have been underreporting their injuries due to fears of punishment or termination. As the results of the survey show, those concerns were justified.

One worker killed, one injured in Pennsylvania water tower

The phrase "workplace accident" is often associated with a particular location; people usually tend to imagine construction sites or factory floors. While it's true that these places are common sites for accidents, workplace injuries can also occur at remote work sites, such as windmills or radio towers. Indeed, as a tragedy proved, workplace accidents at these remote locations are often the most serious of all.

Mother receiving Supplemental Security Income faces challenges

Single parents in Pittsburgh know how difficult it can be to meet expenses from month to month. Careful planning and budgeting can help, but sometimes those efforts just aren't enough. This is exactly what one mother of six, who receives Supplemental Security Income benefits, has discovered.

Disabled Pennsylvania brothers hit by hardships

Two Pennsylvania brothers have encountered numerous difficult events recently. The brothers live together in their childhood home in eastern Pennsylvania. In addition to struggling with health issues, the brothers lost both of their parents this year.

Program developed for those living with pain

Pennsylvania residents who have been injured at work often find themselves living with daily pain as a result of their injury. A program has been developed and is currently being piloted in an attempt to aid these long-term and high-cost workers' compensation claimants. Candidate for the Maze-Masters program must show a commitment to the program in addition to being qualified.

Flight attendants seek updated health regulations

There are many people who work in the commercial aviation industry across the nation and here in Pittsburgh, with airline hubs and numerous large airports in the area. Airline unions have sought additional workplace protections for flight attendants since the Federal Aviation Administration began overseeing in 1975. Attendants claimed that the health issues connected with air quality, noise and the exposure to radiation as a result of time spent on the airplanes has not been properly addressed by the FAA.

CDC encourages flu vaccines for employees

According to the acting director the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, there is increased flu activity this year, and it has come early. As of November 30, 48 states and Puerto Rico were reporting cases of influenza that had been confirmed by lab results. "Influenza-like-illness," or ILI, levels in some parts of the U.S. are already higher this year that all of last season.

UN disability treaty fails to pass in Senate

Many people with disabilities realize the challenges that may be present when a disability is a part of everyday life. Several prominent politicians who have dealt with disabilities or disabling injuries throughout their lives recently spoke out in support of the United Nations disability rights treaty. The treaty was based upon the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.

Social Security disability benefits to decrease in coming years

For many Americans, Social Security disability benefits are a saving grace. If a person has a serious medical condition, it can be challenging to support oneself. Social Security disability benefits can help those with illnesses, injuries, and mental health conditions. For those who rely on the Social Security Administration for receiving these benefits, coming changes could be difficult.

Consistency is key for manufacturing safety

International Paper, a large manufacturing company with locations in Pennsylvania and across the nation, is struggling with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a result of workplace fatalities in the past few years. In 2009, an employee had been killed by a timber loading crane, but 18 months previous, OSHA had awarded a different facility an award for their commitment to the health and safety of their employees.

Concerns for older workers

As of 2010, workers 55 and older comprised 16.7 percent of the American workforce, about one-third of which work physically-demanding jobs. For blue-collar workers over the age of 55, the risks at work are just as serious as face younger workers, though the types of injuries are different. For example, while younger workers may be more susceptible to falls from substantial heights or lifting injuries, older workers are more likely to tear a rotator cuff.

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