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Keep Black Friday Trample-Free

Retailers don’t let your employees get trampled on Black Friday is the message from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA is encouraging retail employers to implement safety measures to prevent workplace injuries during major sales events, including Black Friday. Tragic consequences and risk to workers can occur if the proper safety procedures […]

Fatal Wichita Fall Highlights Communication Tower Worksite Dangers

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Fatal Wichita Fall Highlights Communication Tower Worksite Dangers

These days there are fewer linemen and more communications tower technicians in Wichita. Both jobs can be very hazardous. On Nov. 23, 2013, 25-year-old Douglas Klein, a worker performing maintenance, fell about 50 feet to his death while descending from a communications tower at work site in Wichita, Kan. He was one of 13 workers who […]

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Farm Workers Fired For Fleeing California Wildfire Get Jobs Back

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Farm Workers Fired For Fleeing California Wildfire Get Jobs Back

By ANNIE-ROSE STRASSER, ThinkProgress— Fifteen farm workers have won back their right to work after being fired last week for fleeing wildfire smoke. The workers, who pick strawberries for Crisalida Farms in Oxnard, California, were warned by their foreman that they’d lose their jobs if they left. But the raining ash and blowing smoke caused by the fast-burning wildfires proved […]

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Bears Bred For Movies Kill Animal Trainer, Employer Fined $9000

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Bears Bred For Movies Kill Animal Trainer, Employer Fined $9000

There are all kinds of jobs and all kinds of ways to get killed on the job. Being mauled by a bear is one of them. Wildlife casting agency, Animals of Montana Inc., has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for safety violations after Benjamin Cloutier, a 24-year-old trainer, was mauled to […]

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Highest EEOC Verdict In History $240 Million For Abuse Of Mentally Disabled Men

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Highest EEOC Verdict In History $240 Million For Abuse Of Mentally Disabled Men

The federal government won a record $240 million settlement against a turkey producer that held 32 mentally disabled men in servitude while mentally and physically abusing them, some of them for more than 20 years. A Davenport, Iowa jury on May 1, 2013, awarded the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) damages totaling $240 million […]

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OSHA Launches Initiative To Help Protect Temporary Workers

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OSHA Launches Initiative To Help Protect Temporary Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced an initiative to further protect temporary employees from workplace hazards. The announcement was made during a program at the department’s headquarters marking Workers’ Memorial Day — an annual observance to honor workers who have died on the job and renew a commitment to […]

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What Went Wrong in West, Texas? Where Were the Regulators?

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What Went Wrong in West, Texas? Where Were the Regulators?

By THEODORIC MEYER, ProPublica— A week after a blast at a Texas fertilizer plant killed at least 15 people and hurt more than 200, authorities and regulators still don’t know exactly why the West Chemical and Fertilizer Company plant exploded. Here’s what we do know: The fertilizer plant hadn’t been inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration since […]

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Workplace Safety: House Bill Targets Deadly Combustible Dust Explosions

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Workplace Safety: House Bill Targets Deadly Combustible Dust Explosions

By CHRIS HAMBY, Center for Public Integrity— A group of House Democrats has introduced legislation that aims to protect workers from combustible dust – a fire and explosion threat that has killed or injured hundreds in recent decades. Last year, the Center for Public Integrity examined the toll triggered by recent preventable tragedies – and the political and bureaucratic […]

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Workplace Violence: Was Otzi The Iceman Iced On The Job?

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Workplace Violence: Was Otzi The Iceman Iced On The Job?

By ROBERT SCALLY– There are new leads in the coldest of cold cases. New evidence uncovered in the 5,300-year-old homicide case of Otzi the iceman points to a possible act of workplace violence. Scientists now know that Otzi, the mummified body of a Copper Age man found frozen inside a glacier in the Italian Alps […]

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OSHA Fines Bacardi $192,000 After Temp Worker Killed On First Day

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OSHA Fines Bacardi $192,000 After Temp Worker Killed On First Day

Lawrence Daquan “Day” Davis’ first day as a temp worker at Bacardi Bottling Corp. in Jacksonville, Fla., turned out to be his last day on Earth. Davis, 21, was crushed to death by a palletizer machine at the Jacksonville Bacardi facility in August 2012. Davis was cleaning glass from under the hoist of a palletizing […]

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