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MSHA increases enforcement after three miners die in one day

In response to the deaths of three miners on Aug. 3, the Mine Safety and Health Administration is strengthening its enforcement and safety training efforts in Pennsylvania and across the nation. The miners were killed in three separate incidents in Virginia, North Dakota and Nevada.

Safety for workers working alone

Many Pennsylvania workplaces require employees to labor for some period by themselves during the usual course of their work day. This may occur inside a fixed facility or while traveling to separate work sites. As these workers will be alone, they will be without the support and security provided by other employees who otherwise would be able to stand ready to assist them in their tasks and come to their aid in an emergency.

Robots and workplace safety in Pennsylvania

As companies transition from human workers to robots performing tasks in the workplace, OSHA is keeping its eye on potential safety issues. Companies that don't have comprehensive safety plans related to working with robots could be at risk for receiving OSHA citations. Although current regulations may be 15 years old or older, the organization believes that they provide an adequate regulatory framework for employers to follow.

OSHA's guidelines on enclosed spaces

There are many circumstances under which Pennsylvania employees may be directed to enter an enclosed space during their work day. In 1993, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration established a set of standards for safety in enclosed spaces, defining what an enclosed space is and how it should be maintained. The agency has recently adopted a new set of standards specifically targeting construction sites as in need of requiring special consideration and different forms of supervision.

Safety worker injured during closing stages of IMSA race

Motor sport fans in Pennsylvania are probably aware of how chaotic the action can become during the closing stages of a race. Drivers often throw caution to the wind as they approach the checkered flag, and serious accidents are sometimes caused by minor mistakes or a piece of debris on the track. Such an accident occurred during the final lap of an IMSA race in Detroit on May 30, and a confluence of factors led to a race safety worker suffering serious injuries.

Employees can suffer injuries from insects and animals

When business owners and employees in Philadelphia think about workers' compensation, many do not take injuries resulting from insects and animals into consideration. Although outdoor workplaces are most often associated with injuries resulting from pests, indoor environments also carry this risk. This makes it essential for employers and employees in all types of workplaces to be aware of these types of hazards and minimize their potential.

Workplace heat-related illnesses can be prevented

Each year thousands of workers in Pennsylvania and across the country get sick due to working in an excessively hot workplace. In the latest information available from OSHA, in 2012, more than 30 deaths were attributed to workplace heat-related illnesses.

Workers' compensation in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act requires that workers who are injured on the job or who develop a disease or illness related to their employment receive certain forms of benefits. The law requires employers to either carry private workers' compensation insurance, to participate in the state's workers' compensation fund or to be self-insured.

1 injured after tractor-trailer strikes dump truck

State Police and investigators responded to an accident involving a dump truck and a tractor-trailer at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Sept. 3. It happened along the Pennsylvania Turnpike near an overpass in Upper Merion Township. A Pennsylvania Turnpike worker suffered minor injures in the accident, which caused delays in the eastbound lanes as an investigation was conducted.

40-year-old construction worker killed in wall collapse

A construction accident near Philadelphia has taken the life of a 40-year-old New Jersey man. The accident occurred around 12:30 p.m. June 20 in Cherry Hill at an old Blockbuster Video building located in a Route 38 shopping center. According to reports, construction workers were in the process of demolishing the building and had removed all the walls except for one.

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