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.
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.
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.
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.
This winter has already been brutal for people throughout Pennsylvania, and many workers in the Philadelphia area have done their part to try to reduce some of the risks faced by motorists trying to navigate slick and snowy roadways.
Late last month, a fire truck was involved in an accident in the Pennsylvania community of Hemlock Farms. Four members of the fire and rescue team were injured in the on-the-job accident; all of them were aboard the truck at the time.
The dangers of the coal mining industry have been underscored by a number of deaths that have occurred in recent months. According to reports, workplace accidents have killed three workers for a Pennsylvania-based energy company in the past four months. Workers for other companies have also been killed, making this year a fatal one for coal miners.
A subcontractor for PennDOT is in hot water after the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently proposed new fines against the entity. The company works for the state Department of Transportation, performing bridge maintenance in the form of painting. Panthera Painting Inc. is based in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Citations are often issued to companies that leave their workers exposed to heightened risks of workplace injury.
What happens when a worker from Pennsylvania is injured on the job, returns after receiving compensation and eventually becomes unable to work due to complications associated with the original injury? According to a recent ruling in another state, that person is ineligible to receive workers' compensation benefits, even though the person's inability to work was related to a previous workplace accident.