Data compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and state agencies from 2015 shows that some industries are particularly dangerous for Pennsylvania residents to work in.
A recent Injury, Illnesses, and Fatalities report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the end of last month shows that the number of nonfatal occupational illnesses and injuries reported in 2017 was 1.1 million. This number equates to 98 per 10,000 employees.
If you work at a distribution center, manufacturing plant or warehouse, then you're likely aware of how busy your facility's loading dock is. Since truckers are often on a set schedule, dockworkers must use forklifts to move things around quickly so that they can send them on their way. Having to rush to get things done leaves dockworkers vulnerable to getting hurt.
New data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Nov. 8 showed that 45,800 fewer worker illnesses and injuries were reported in 2017 compared to the previous year. Despite this reduction, a staggering 2.8 million workers ended up getting hurt or falling ill last year -- a rate that equates to 2.8 per every 100 full-time employees.
On Oct. 24, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill that will now require seriously injured workers to undergo an additional layer of scrutiny to continue receiving workers' compensation benefits. This latest law essentially overturns the previous law that did away with follow-up exams for workers with the most profound injuries. It was declared unconstitutional in June of last year.
Unfortunately, some people file exaggerated or completely fraudulent claims for workers' compensation. That harms not only employers and the system as a whole but workers who are legitimately injured or ill and entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits.
Under existing Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protocol, any worker who is forced to work in either unhealthy or unsafe conditions should immediately report them to their employer. The employee is eligible to file a complaint with OSHA at any point.
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.
Most people associate post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with veterans who have spent time in war zones and witnessed unimaginable violence and carnage. However, people in all walks of life suffer from it for a multitude of reasons.
A Republican-backed bill, which would require follow-up evaluations for severely injured workers, was passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Friday, June 22. A requirement for workers to undergo these follow-up exams was determined to be illegal by the state Supreme Court last year.