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Working construction in the era of COVID-19

Businesses in the construction industry were allowed to resume operations in Pennsylvania beginning May 1, and projects have been progressing, even as the state continues to manage the coronavirus pandemic. What steps are employers taking to protect workers from becoming infected? Pennsylvania issues guidance When Governor Tom Wolf made his announcement, he issued guidance for...

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Workplace eye injuries: Eye health and safety should be a priority

Whether it’s a scratch or an abrasion, even minor eye injuries can be extremely painful and result in long-term problems with your vision. Every day, about 2,000 U.S. workers sustain a work-related eye injury that requires medical treatment. A recent article published by Occupational Health & Safety noted that in 2008 alone, there were 27,450...

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Can I collect workers' comp benefits during COVID-19?

On April 1, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued a statewide stay-at-home order to curb the spread of COVID-19. Businesses and some public entities across the state have closed their doors for the time being. Not all workers have stayed home during this time. Healthcare workers, grocery store employees, truck drivers, delivery drivers, police, and...

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New state bill would expand workers' compensation for volunteer firefighters, EMS

Pennsylvania volunteer EMS (emergency responders) would get workers’ compensation insurance for injuries suffered during all work-related activities. That is if a proposed new bill is passed. Currently, volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service (EMS) responders receive workers’ compensation coverage only if injured on emergency calls. Lawmakers seek to expand benefits for volunteer EMS The Pennsylvania...

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Ergonomics isn't enough to prevent overexertion injuries on the job

Overexertion injuries (also called musculoskeletal injuries) can be more than a nuisance for workers who regularly perform physical labor. It can result in nagging pain in the back, muscles, joints, hands, feet, and knees. According to the National Safety Council, roughly 33 percent (295,830) of all workplace injuries in 2017 were caused by overexertion. That's...

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Legal options for amputations in manufacturing

Manufacturing is essential for meeting high commercial and industrial demands. Large machines strategically cut, assemble, and packages many of the items we rely on. Working around these machines, however, can be risky. One of the most devastating injuries manufacturers sustain on the job are amputations — the loss of a body part. When a worker loses...

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Holiday season can be the most dangerous time of the year

The public can be very demanding during the holiday season. Those who work in retail stores or warehouses know how hectic things can get this time of year. Not only must employers work harder and faster to make commercial goods available to the public, but they must also work longer, more exhausting shifts. It's important...

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Sleep deprivation worksite hazards a growing problem

Researchers from Ball State University report more than one in three U.S. workers do not get enough sleep. Furthermore, they say the problem has gotten worse since 2010. A National Health Interview Survey of more than 150,000 working adults found 35.6 percent received fewer than seven hours of sleep a night in 2018, up from...

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New data shows sanitation worker deaths down from last year, but still high

Sanitation workers are an absolute necessity in Philadelphia. They keep our streets clean and remove heaps of garbage from our sidewalks and dumpsters. Their hard (and dirty) work protects the public from exposure to unsanitary conditions and toxic hazards. Being a sanitation worker, however, comes with its own set of hazards. According to a recent...

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