November 2015 Archives

Workers risk vibration injuries from regular use of power tools

Industries in Pennsylvania that often require workers to use power tools include construction, forestry and mining. As a worker operates a power tool, the vibration of the device can slowly damage nerves and blood vessels. Chainsaws, grinders, drills and jackhammers all impose this risk upon an operator when use is regular and ongoing.

OSHA issues guidance for health care professionals

OSHA turned its focus to the health care industry in June with the release of a memo that announced a new enforcement initiative. Health care professionals in Pennsylvania might need to know that it directs federal regional branches and state plans to review how many work-related illnesses and injuries occur at their inpatient facilities. It also calls for inspections at facilities with high illness and injury rates.

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