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Do you know how to choose the right work boots?

Depending on your profession, your work boots may be extremely important to your comfort, performance and safety.

For example, if you work in the construction industry, you know that high-quality work boots can keep your feet feeling good all day long. Even better is the fact that these are designed for your safety and well-being.

Heavy lifting is a safety risk: Do these things before starting

Depending on your profession, you may be asked to lift heavy loads on a regular basis. Even if you only have to do this every now and again, it only takes one lift to cause an injury that keeps you off your feet for many weeks or months to come.

Heavy lifting is a safety risk, so you need to do a variety of things before starting. Consider the following:

  • Stretch. From your back to your legs, you need to stretch for 5 to 10 minutes before starting your day. When you do this, you'll feel much better when it comes time to make your first lift.
  • Know the weight. Before you decide to pick something up, get a better idea of how much it weighs. If, for any reason, you don't believe you can handle the object on your own, find someone to assist you.
  • Clear the area. You never want to carry a heavy object through an area that is full of trip hazards, such as construction debris.
  • Watch for wet surfaces. There are many causes of wet surfaces, ranging from weather conditions to a recent cleaning. A slick spot greatly increases the likelihood of a slip-and-fall accident.
  • Use ergonomic equipment. There are many types of equipment that can help you with your lift, including but not limited to: forklift, dolly and hand truck. All of these things can help take some of the strain off of you.
  • Wear the proper attire. For example, protective shoes and gloves can help you when lifting any item.

Reporting workplace injuries in Pennsylvania is a race against time

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry requires that all workers who suffer an occupational illness or injury file a claim within a specified period of time in order to qualify for disability payments from the state. How soon you're required to report an injury or illness depends on whether you're looking to receive workers' compensation for those injuries and whether a death resulted from it.

Generally, employers are required to report any employee's occupational injuries or illnesses to the state within seven to ten days of their onset if workers' compensation coverage will be requested to pay for them. This includes any injury in which a lost wages claim will be filed or one in which an employee suffers a disfigurement.

Home health workers face unique hazards

Many health care workers enjoy their home health jobs. The different settings they encounter with each patient breaks up the monotony of a shift and allows them to interact with a wide variety of individuals over the course of a day.

Home health workers are also able to structure their days, to some extent, to fit around their lifestyles. For instance, night owls may set up their patient schedules primarily in the afternoons, while parents of young children can start their shifts immediately following the school drop-offs.

You have the right to accommodations after a workplace injury

Sometimes, when people get hurt at work, the injury is so severe that it means they can never return to their jobs. These individuals often qualify for permanent disability protections.

Other workers suffer less severe injuries. They may need to adjust their workflow or use assistive devices to continue working. However, with proper accommodations, they can return to work.

How exoskeletons can prevent assembly line worker injuries

Working on an automobile assembly line can be a physically challenging job. Now Ford Motor Company is introducing wearable technology that will make its assembly line employees' jobs a little easier. The company is outfitting workers in 15 of its plants both here in the U.S. and abroad with exoskeleton vests.

Exoskeleton technology has been around for decades. It's been used to help people with spinal cord injuries regain some of their previously mobility and even walk. However, the gear being used at Ford is intended to reduce worker injuries.

Safety risks are everywhere when working in strong winds

Do you work outdoors, such as in the construction industry? Do you dread when bad weather moves into the area?

Even though working outdoors can be great fun when the weather conditions are perfect, you know that things can quickly take a turn for the worse.

Do these things to prevent a neck injury at work

Any type of neck injury, even one that doesn't appear severe at first, has a way of changing your life. For example, if you work in the construction industry, a neck injury can make it extremely difficult to do your job.

Just the same, an office worker with a neck injury can find him- or herself in a difficult position, as sitting at a desk all day can make things worse.

Back pain at work: One of these things could be the culprit

Depending on your profession, you may find that your back pain worsens the second you begin your daily responsibilities.

In the most serious of situations, you could suffer a back injury on the job that requires immediate medical attention (along with plenty of recovery time).

1 dead, 4 injured in Pennsylvania army depot explosion and fire

A central Pennsylvania man died from injuries that he suffered roughly 12 hours earlier in an early morning explosion on July 19 in Chambersburg. The 29-year-old man was reportedly working with chemicals at the Letterkenny Army Depot around 7 a.m. when a flash fire erupted. There was a subsequent explosion.

According to the Lehigh County coroner's office, the man, who worked as a civilian employee at the facility, died at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest as the result of the burns he suffered in the incident.

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