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Pa Work Comp Safety: Working With Heavy Machinery

As many construction workers know, working with heavy machinery is a dangerous job that should not be taken lightly. The simplest of mistakes can lead to serious, and often fatal, injuries.
If you receive a work-related injury related to heavy-machinery, you may be entitled to PA workers’ compensation, and should contact an attorney right away. Some of the most common types injuries associated with heavy machinery include back, neck, shoulder, knee, and carpal tunnel syndrome.  Here are some safety tips you and your coworkers can use to remain safe on the job when working with heavy machinery. 
Keep The Machines in Working Order
Even machines with the slightest malfunctions should not be used until the issues have been resolved. This includes loose parts, broken grips, and inconsistencies in operation (for example, a forklift or crane that keeps stalling). If something feels out of the ordinary when you are using a heavy piece of machinery, stop immediately and have it inspected and/or fixed. Make sure that all machines on the job site are regularly inspected and that all aging equipment is replaced. Also, it’s important to take proper care of all work machines. All moving parts on a machine should be properly oiled, all devices should be stored safely, etc.. For more information on the safety requirements for heavy machinery, check out OSHA’s Heavy Equipment and Powered Industrial Truck Use page
Wear Proper Safety Equipment
When working with big machinery, it’s important for workers to protect themselves with proper safety equipment. Hard hats, ear plugs, gloves, goggles, steel-toed boots, etc. should all be worn if the duty calls for it. Also, much like the machinery you work with, your safety gear needs to be in good condition and must fit properly. 
Use The Equipment Properly
If you have not been thoroughly trained on how to use a piece of heavy machinery, you SHOULD NOT be using it. If your employer asks you to use a device you have never used before tell them that you will not use it until you have been shown how. It’s best if there is some kind of class and test a worker must pass before operating a piece of machinery, as well as a safety manual available for employees at all times. 
Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits are available for those that have been injured on the job as a result of working with heavy machinery. If you live in the Harrisburg, Williamsport, or Lewistown areas, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 for a FREE consultation!
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PA Workers Comp Safety: Working in Retail

When it comes to Pennsylvania workers compensation and occupational hazards, retail is one of the most often overlooked positions. This is because most people consider retail to be a generally safe industry to work in. 
However, it may surprise you to know that, in 2012 alone, 125,650 retail workers were injured on the job. In this post, we will share some information about the most common work-related injuries that occur in retail, as well as what can be done to prevent them. 
Most retail jobs involve light to medium labor. Employees can be doing anything from stocking shelves to mopping the floor. Tasks such as these usually require a lot of lifting and bending over. Here are the most common injuries associated with retail: 
Safety and Injury Prevention
Most retail injuries are caused by lifting. When doing any kind of lifting, it’s important to utilize the best lifting practices.  
The most common cause for lifting-related injuries is trying to lift an object that is too heavy. This usually occurs when the object weighs more than 50 pounds. If an object weighs more than 50 pounds, it should either be move with some type of machinery (forklift, pallet jack), broken down into smaller pieces and moved in multiple trips (if possible), or lifted and carried with the assistance of a coworker. 
Additionally, workers are at great risk for injury when they do not lift objects using proper posture. It’s important to lift with the knees, not the back. Avoid reaching (use a ladder if necessary), and hold onto the object with both hands, keeping it close to your body, regardless of how light it may seem.  
Those that work in retail are also at great risk for overexertion and repetitive-stress injuries. Overexertion takes place when the body is pushed beyond its limits. For example: hurting your back when lifting a heavy box, choosing to ignore the pain, and continuing to work. 
A repetitive-stress injury occurs when someone continually performs a task or motion that damages one ore more parts of the body. Examples include working with vibrating equipment, working in uncomfortable positions, bending over, and heavy lifting. 
The best way to prevent injuries such as these is the listen to your body. Take frequent breaks and don’t work in awkward positions. And, if you feel any pain whatsoever, stop working immediately, speak with your supervisor or, if necessary, seek medical attention. 
If you work in retail and have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers compensation benefits. If you live in the Harrisburg, Lancaster, or Chambersburg area, contact PaWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 for a free consultation. 
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