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October 2014 Archives

Explosions in the drilling industry a big problem

As was underscored by Chevron's fatal explosion and resulting fire on Feb. 11 at a well in southwestern Pennsylvania, to which the company reacted by giving out free pizzas, states around the country have a big problem with oil and gas industry explosions. Many industry observers believe that companies are doing too little to prevent them and are reacting poorly when they do occur.

Workers' compensation for lower back injuries

Pennsylvania workers who lift heavy objects on a regular basis may be at a much greater risk for developing a debilitating lower back injury. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, job activities that require whole body vibration expose workers to potential injuries to their lower back.

How to reduce musculoskeletal disorders at work

People in Pennsylvania who work in transportation, health care, retail, wholesale, construction or warehousing could be at significant risk for a musculoskeletal disorder. That's because these industries had the highest number of MSDs in the United States in 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Among work-related injuries or illnesses that require missing work while recovering, MSDs are one of the most common. Yet, there are many steps workers and employers alike can take to help prevent these injuries.

Carpal tunnel syndrome at the workplace

Employees in Pennsylvania may benefit from learning more about the facts concerning workplace injuries related to carpal tunnel syndrome. This health condition arises when a shift or swelling of tissue within the carpal tunnel inside the wrist joint irritates or squeezes the median nerve. Irritating the nerve results in a numb or tingling sensation inside the thumb and fingers. The abnormal sensations experienced in the thumb and fingers is referred to as having carpal tunnel syndrome.

Workers' compensation and occupational diseases

Many Pennsylvania employees are aware that most employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance, or be self-insured, in order to provide benefits to individuals who have been injured in the workplace. It is, perhaps, less well-known that employers may also pay workers' compensation benefits to individuals who have contracted an occupational disease through exposure to hazardous materials in the workplace.

Workplace fatalities for immigrant and Latino workers

Pennsylvania residents may wonder about the impact of workplace accidents on certain populations. With a significant influx of immigrants from Latino countries, for example, it may be important to consider the potential for injury or death in this population in the context of work. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes relevant data on these matters.

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