Workers in various industries in Pennsylvania are exposed to a myriad of toxic chemicals on a daily basis. The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulates permissible exposure limits (PELs) of about 300 hazardous chemicals. However, those represent only a small percentage of toxic substances that can cause a work injury.
Many workers in Pennsylvania and other states suffer injuries in struck-by accidents that are caused by vehicles. In many such accidents, vehicles on the work site are involved, such as yard trucks, cranes, forklifts or other industrial equipment. However, sanitation workers are often injured on the job while working at other locations.
Despite regulations and safety programs at construction sites in Pennsylvania, workplace accidents frequently occur. Company owners are responsible for the safety of each worker and avoiding a work injury by following regulations as prescribed by the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration. Safe tools, equipment and surroundings, and a workplace free of hazards could prevent most on-the-job injuries.
Blue-collar jobs often require much manual labor. In addition to the physical exertion they require, they also include some dangers and risks in the work environment. Whether it is the tools that workers use or the physical demand of the job, safety measures should be implemented in order to reduce the chances of an accident. On-the-job injuries could occur if the employer does not take the steps necessary to train employees and provide them with safety equipment. If they fail to uphold this duty of care, a serious or fatal work accident could occur.