During a Learning Lab session at the 2018 National Safety Council Congress & Expo, The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) announced its list of the top ten violations for the fiscal year (October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018). The list included both the violation regulation and the number of violations for all ten. These violations accounted for roughly 32,266 violations found by the federal agency, but do not account for those found by state enforcement agencies.
A new final rule by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires businesses to electronically submit data on injury and illness that they already record on paper forms. The rule also prohibits employers from telling employees not to report workplace injuries or illnesses. Employees have the right to report these incidents without worrying about their employer retaliating.
An Indiana, Pennsylvania company has been cited and fined for four repeat and nineteen serious safety violations. The company was reportedly warned but failed to correct violations relating to its failure to guard live electrical parts, chains, sprockets, pulleys and belts. The company is also said to have failed to install a standard railing on one of its platforms. These violations were first cited in 2013 amid concerns regarding the potential for workplace accidents. The fines relating to these violations amount to more than $26,000.
A Pennsylvania man's death is being investigated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The fatal accident took place in Lancaster on 27 November 2015, and the victim was a 42-year-old tree trimmer from Feasterville who was hired to clear branches from power lines for an apple-picking festival.
Many employees in Pennsylvania know how much of a problem it can be if you are injured at work. Not only is there the matter of reporting your injury and the hazard that caused it, but you then have to contend with the injury itself and the time it takes to recover. This can also mean hefty medical bills, a loss of wages and the possibility of a long-term disability.
In a blog post from a few months ago, we detailed how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is trying to reduce the number of construction worker injured in the course of employment, especially by falls and objects falling from overhead. One of the injury types specifically focused on was falls. OSHA sought to reduce the number of incidents that occurred through training and inspections. While these efforts may have reduced some of those accidents, some continue to happen, as is evident by this latest accident.
There are countless potential hazards on a construction site, but this is why workers require so much safety equipment and such extensive training. Employers are obliged to do all they can to protect their employees from harm and to remove risks where possible. Unfortunately, all too many things slip through the net and workers in Pennsylvania are endangered every day by inadequate safety gear, a lack of training and failures on the part of their employer.
If you have ever had an accident at work, you already know what an inconvenience it can be. It is something that affects employees in Pennsylvania every year, leaving many with serious injuries that not only reduce their productivity, but can even prevent them from returning to work for a considerable amount of time. Some workplace accidents are unavoidable, no matter how diligent you are. However, others are the result of negligence on the part of your colleagues or employer.
Employees in Pennsylvania may benefit from learning more about the Emergency Action Plan, as described by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The plan is written documentation that is required of employers by OSHA standards. The requirements are intended to organize employer and employee actions under the duress of an emergency occurring at the workplace. Emergency plans that are properly developed can help to reduce the frequency and severity of workplace injuries and property damage sustained during an emergency.
In most situations, workplace injuries are devastating to both the victim and his or her family. Workers in all types of jobs do not want to be hurt while engaged in activities that are a part of their work. Dealing with the aftermath of a workplace injury, whether it be for a short or long period of time, while healing is not a pleasant experience for most. When people are injured at work, they will likely want to file a workers' compensation claim in order to be compensated for their pain, suffering, mental anguish, and missed time at work.