December 2015 Archives

Worker safety considerations during the winter months

While many Pennsylvania residents look forward to the winter months and the holiday season, workers coping with seasonal crowds or those who are required to work outside may have different views. December is the busiest month of the year for many retail and warehouse operations, and a surge in foot traffic can lead to congested aisles and packed pallets. Those tasked with keeping workplaces safe must be particularly vigilant during busy periods as a slip or other mishap could lead to civil lawsuits being filed by customers as well as workers' compensation claims from employees.

OSHA fines reduce workplace injuries

Workers in Pennsylvania may be interested to learn that according to a new study, lower rates of workplace injury and less severe injuries are correlated with citations and penalties for workplaces that are in violation of Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards. Researchers found that in contrast, the threat of an inspection produced mixed results.

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