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World Safety Day 2015: How a Safety Culture Helps

World Safety Day 2015: How a Safety Culture Helps

At the center of a preventive employee health and safety (EHS) culture is the belief at the executive level that accidents and harm should be preventable. More than 313 million global work-related accidents occur each year, according to the International Labour Organization, with a high percentage of those accidents resulting in significant time away from […]

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New Report: Labor Violations at NYU Campus in the UAE

New Report: Labor Violations at NYU Campus in the UAE

A new report finds that workers at New York University’s new campus construction in the United Arab Emirates were routinely exempted from fair working condition agreements. Construction projects in the Gulf region usually rely on South Asian migrant workers, and have a history of questionable safety and labor records. NYU had sought and received agreement with the […]

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Recognizing National Work Zone Awareness Week

Recognizing National Work Zone Awareness Week

It’s National Work Zone Awareness Week, a campaign to encourage safe driving through highway work zones. Held annually at the start of the spring construction season, this year’s message is “Expect the Unexpected.” The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports more than 100 worker deaths each year at road construction sites. Most deaths occur when a […]

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The Public Cost of Workers’ Compensation

The Public Cost of Workers’ Compensation

An in-depth investigation by the news outlets ProPublica and NPR has found that a pattern of drastic state cuts to workers’ compensation programs has been disastrous for injured employees. Since 2003, 33 states have reduced benefits or made it more difficult to obtain them. Some workers have been thrust into poverty after injuries left them unable […]

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NPR Series Focuses on Nursing Injuries

NPR Series Focuses on Nursing Injuries

A recent special series on NPR focused on the risk of injury to nurses and their struggle against bureaucracies that hurt rather than help. Nurses suffer more than 35,000 back and other injuries every year, often from lifting patients who are too large to be lifted safely. In some cases, their employers refuse to take […]

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Squeeze Some Safety onto Citrus Farms

Squeeze Some Safety onto Citrus Farms

On a gray winter’s day, the lovely tartness of a fresh citrus fruit can bring some light inside. Winter in the Northern Hemisphere is prime harvesting time for citrus, so fields in Florida are gearing up for an influx of workers to hand pick the fruits. Just in Florida, the industry generates tens of thousands […]

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OSHA Cites Dangerous Robots

OSHA Cites Dangerous Robots

In the Terminator films, machines took over in 1997. In the Matrix films, it was closer to the year 2200. We are now somewhere in between these two scenarios. Robots are becoming ever more sophisticated and reactive. Computing power has seemingly limitless potential, as Moore’s law has demonstrated. In the span of human history, however, […]

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OSHA Updates to Recordkeeping Rule has Huge Impact

OSHA Updates to Recordkeeping Rule has Huge Impact

A minor change to OSHA’s injury reporting requirement will have a big impact on virtually every employer in the United States. The rule change, which began on January 1, 2015, requires all employers to promptly report fatalities and certain serious injuries and illnesses to OSHA. Specifically, employers must report any work-related fatality within eight hours […]

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