Restaurant workers in Pennsylvania should know what sort of hazards they face. Exposure to harmful chemicals is one of them, as an incident at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Boston illustrates. On Nov. 7, an employee at that sports bar was cleaning the kitchen floor with a sanitizer called Super 8 when he quickly became sick. A second employee tried to squeegee the chemical out, became sick as well and was taken to the hospital, where he died.
The results of a new study should alert employers in Pennsylvania to the need for providing the right personal protective equipment to workers. A study from the University of Hawaii has found that men who are exposed to high levels of pesticides run a higher risk of suffering stroke or heart attack.
Lead is a naturally occurring metal that workers in Pennsylvania and across the country may come into contact with. It is used in a variety of products such as lead-acid batteries, fishing weights and solder. Until 1977, it was a key ingredient in paint used in homes and commercial buildings. Typically, workers will be exposed to lead in fumes that they breathe in or by coming into contact with lead dust.
Pennsylvania construction companies stay busy with building projects during the summer. High temperatures and hard work, however, raise the risks of illness or death for construction workers. A representative from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that construction workers account for over 40% of heat-related deaths on the job. OSHA has established rules for all types of workers who are exposed to high temperatures indoors or outdoors. These safety regulations become especially important in the summer when heat and humidity create conditions that can cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke. People who perform heavy labor or have to wear bulky protective clothing face additional risk for heat-related illness or death.
Pennsylvania workers maintain a long tradition of pouring blood, sweat and tears into the daily grind. From the mines and steel mills of the past to modern industry, the Keystone State works hard. Some people perform dangerous jobs each day, and when a death occurs on the job, the victim's surviving family members may be entitled to benefits from workers' compensation.
Pennsylvania workers are familiar with the term "daily grind," which usually refers to the mundane tasks a person performs at work each day to earn an honest living. Unfortunately for one local woman, the phrase took on a grisly new meaning. An accident that sounds like a scene from a horror movie claimed the life of a hard-working woman, leaving questions about safety surrounding her workplace and possibly raising a case for workers' compensation.
According to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls claim the lives of more than 300 construction workers each year in Pennsylvania and around the country and are the leading cause of death in the industry. As part of an effort to reduce this number, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has released a fact sheet that contains tips on how to prevent falls at construction sites and avoid serious injuries when they do occur.
Employers and employees in Pennsylvania may encounter various hazards in their day-to-day work activities. However, there are five especially common forms of workplace accidents, and it's important to know how to prevent them.
When colder weather strikes in Pennsylvania, many people stay at home to keep warm and cozy. Unfortunately, outdoor work still needs to get done, and workers in cold conditions may face a variety of safety risks. Slips, falls and frostbite are among the top concerns for outdoor workers. Injuries can also occur due to falling ice and malfunctioning equipment that has been poorly maintained by an employer.
Pennsylvania has long maintained a reputation for being home to hard-working men and women. In decades past, the steel mills, coal mines and railroads helped shape the nation's infrastructure on the backs of laborers. These days, the industry may be a bit more modern, but dedicated employees are still injured on the job each day, and may qualify to claim workers' compensation benefits.