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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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Workplace Fatality Requires OSHA Investigation

A sad reminder surfaces out of New Jersey about the importance of securing tools and wearing a hard hat on construction sites. A man delivering sheetrock was killed when a tape measure fell from the 50th floor and struck his head. OSHA is investigating. Click here for more information. To learn more about UL’S OSHA Solutions […]

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A Day Late and a Dollar Short for Employees’ Health & Safety

Discount retailer Dollar Tree has been called out by OSHA for its willful neglect of employees’ health and safety. In the past five months, the chain has racked up more than $800,000 in fines. http://ohsonline.com/articles/2014/10/17/osha-cites-texas-dollar-tree-stores-for-putting-employees-at-risk.aspx Dr. Scott Harris looked at the issue of retailer safety in his recent blog. In 2012, the retail sector lost […]

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