Even though the temperatures have dropped significantly in Pennsylvania, it doesn't mean that all outdoor projects will be put on hold. Construction crews will still operate, postal carriers will still deliver mail and emergency services personnel will still respond to incidents. All of these professions and more will still have to endure the elements during the winter months in Pennsylvania, so here are some tips for avoiding frostbite if you have to work outdoors.
Granite, marble and other stone countertop workers are experiencing declining health and are suffering premature deaths at an alarming rate. This shocking finding was highlighted in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report article published late last month. The journal is the publication of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Pennsylvania union workers and their representatives lobbied the General Assembly last month to pass both Senate Bill 464 and House Bill 1082. They did so in the hope of motivating state lawmakers to extend the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) protections to its over 577,000 public workers. Right now, only private-sector employees are afforded such protections.
A 52-year-old man jumped from the 17th floor of the Center City building in downtown Philadelphia on Sept. 9. The 6:40 a.m. incident, which occurred at the 100 South Broad Street residential building, claimed his life. The medical examiner's officer have ruled his death as a suicide. The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) has since identified the decedent as the head of their Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
A study published earlier this month in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine sheds light on how various occupational factors can cause workers to develop certain diseases and conditions. One of those is sarcoidosis.
A mental disorder can be every bit as damaging and frustrating as a physical injury. If you're suffering from any type of mental disorder, you may be in a position to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.
If you work in a museum, at a library or any other place where mold tends to exist, then beware. Exposure to black mold's harmful toxins can leave you with lasting respiratory problems and other serious medical conditions.
Dehydration is a serious medical concern, as it can result in kidney failure, shock and extreme cramping among a variety of other side effects.
Data compiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Surgeon General's Office shows that 20,000 or more individuals die from lung cancer annually from exposure to radon. This odorless, tasteless gas is only second to smoking as far as lung cancer deaths are concerned. It's not just found in homes, but in Pennsylvania workplaces as well.
If you work outdoors during the spring and summer months, there's always a chance you'll push yourself too far. Doing so can result in many illnesses and injuries, such as heat stroke.