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How to prevent workplace accidents in Pennsylvania


Many industries throughout Pennsylvania use a lot of industrial power tools for production. Forklifts are one of the most common tools used across Pennsylvania and the entire United States. Power tools can cause severe injuries. Many initiatives have been taken by the government to spread awareness about forklift injuries.

The Department of Labor, in association with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), have called for various initiatives to be taken by the employers to prevent such forklift injuries and other injuries caused by industrial power tools. Such initiatives aim to decrease injuries and fatalities that occur every year due to forklifts and other industrial power tool accidents. OSHA, along with the Department of Labor, have observed that approximately 100 industrial deaths occur every year due to forklift injuries and approximately 34,000 workers are injured annually.

The median age of workers who die due to forklift accident injuries is 38 years. Deaths caused by forklift injuries include workers who have been run over by forklifts, pedestrians who have crashed into forklifts and workers who were driving the forklift and were fatally injured due to the forklift overturning.

One of the initiatives directed by the various local government bodies is separation of other pedestrian traffic from the path of forklifts. Such path separation would substantially reduce forklift injuries caused to other workers. The worker driving the forklift may also be mandatorily directed to wear a seatbelt. This step may decrease the rates of forklift injuries due to forklift overturns. Regular traffic control, which may ensure a safe path for forklifts, is also encouraged.

Source: NCBI.NLM.NIH.gov, "Injuries related to forklifts and other powered industrial vehicles in automobile manufacturing," accessed on Nov. 13, 2014

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