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December 2013 Archives

A white Christmas made for hazardous Harrisburg roadways

Just as many central Pennsylvania motorists were likely headed home or out for more holiday visits on Dec. 26, they got an unexpected visitor of their own: a heavy snowstorm. That snowstorm not only added white to Christmas, but it added a long day of stress on the roads because of traffic accidents.

Worker injured by an explosion at Pennsylvania plant

A worker at the Wolfe Dye & Bleach Works Inc. in Perry Township suffered injuries as a result of an explosion that occurred on Dec. 21 sometime after 1 p.m. After the workplace accident, the 47-year-old man fled the scene and crossed Route 61, where a motorist pulled over and pushed the burning man into the snow, according to the Shoemakersville Fire Company deputy chief.

Motorcycle permit limits closer to law in Pennsylvania

Based on the premise of a legislative effort in Pennsylvania, there is a right and wrong way to use a learner's permit. Motorcycle riders in the state, according to lawmakers, have been abusing the existing motorcycle learner's permit system.

Holiday aggression an issue for 32 percent of drivers

There are only a few days left before Christmas Eve. This means that there are only a few days left to buy the last few presents, wrap them, purchase the groceries for the big meal and make sure the house is in order for guests. Of course, the weather in Pennsylvania at about this time never seems to want to cooperate for all the driving that will have to be done.

Liquor store worker injured on the job by pistol-whipping robber

A female Pennsylvania liquor store employee was pistol-whipped by a black-clad robber, and the attack was caught on store video surveillance footage, according to police. The mid-morning robbery that left the worker injured on the job started when a man pulled out a gun as soon as he entered the store, which had just opened for the day. The gunman forced her into the back of the store and made her open up the safe, a police spokesman said.

Family mourns loss after child's surgery takes tragic turn

Many people might think that getting one's tonsils removed sounds like a simple, routine surgery. That doesn't mean that the procedure never goes wrong or endangers a person's life. An out-of-state family has learned in the most tragic way possible that even a tonsils surgery can be deadly.

Temporary workers have little protection

Pennsylvania workers may be surprised to learn that temporary workers make up approximately 2.8 percent of the workforce, and they have little or no protection when they are hurt at work. These workers are often told to report any workplace injuries to the temporary-labor companies that placed them, but these companies have no obligation to keep an OSHA 300, which is a form that logs workplace injuries. Many advocacy groups feel that the number of accidents is grossly underreported.

Political fodder falsely implies SSD payments are easy to get

Worry and stress about the economy tends to result in strong opinions regarding all sorts of ways that our country could better utilize its money. While economic stability is an important cause, the means of getting there must be based on well-rounded, honest information.

OSHA suggests public database on workplace safety

The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration has suggested that some workplaces in Pennsylvania and across the nation be required to put their records of injuries and sicknesses online once every three months. The information would be public and available in a database. OSHA believes that mandatory reporting will hold employers accountable for on-the-job safety. However, opponents think that the regulation could be counterproductive for businesses. A meeting on the ruling is scheduled for January 2014 but a date for a final decision on the proposal wasn't listed.

Last week's holiday included fatal Pennsylvania traffic accidents

Though many people are likely looking back on the recent Thanksgiving holiday vacation with fond memories of family, food and time off, accident reports indicate that there are too many in the state whose holiday was tainted by tragedy. 

Older drivers pose specific safety risks on the roads

This week is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. Some will make jokes about an elderly person behind the wheel, but when it comes to safety, it isn't a joke. Most have been taught to respect their elders, and fostering an environment wherein seniors are safe drivers is a way to respect their lives while also protecting others.

OSHA encourages safety for the holiday shopping season

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a list of safety guidelines for retail stores in Pennsylvania and nationwide in preparation for the shopping season. The assistant secretary of labor for the organization stated that the holiday season should not be a reason for workers to be at risk of injuries and a crowd management plan could reduce the chance of injuries occurring.

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