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October 21, 2014

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1:25 PM | What type of Fall Protection is Needed to Operate a Lift?
The very fact that you are concerned with which type of fall protection to use while operating a lift already puts you ahead of the game. How often have you seen workers in boom lifts with absolutely no fall protection? I’m willing to bet it’s pretty often. What those workers don’t realize (let’s give them the [...]
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1:07 PM | Worker dies After Being Sprayed with Heated Chemical
The family of a 20-year-old man who was killed on a construction site has proposed legislation for a mandatory fine when an employee is killed on the job. “He was priceless, and $3,000 doesn’t do s—,” said the man’s stepbrother. Brett Collins was killed in Sheridan, WY, two years ago. He was struck in the [...]
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12:50 PM | Is $3,000 a Large Enough Penalty for a Workplace Death?
The family of a 20-year-old man who was killed on a construction site has proposed legislation for a mandatory fine when an employee is killed on the job. “He was priceless, and $3,000 doesn’t do s—,” said the man’s stepbrother. Brett Collins was killed in Sheridan, WY, two years ago. He was struck in the [...]
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12:35 PM | Accident Investigation Reveals Missteps that led to Death of Forklift Operator
Related Forklift Training DVDs: Forklift Safety Training DVD Review how to inspect forklifts and other powered industrial truck equipment prior to operation, & more. View Product The Forklift Workshop DVD Training Video Innovative approach to educating forklift operators — new and veteran — on proper forklift safety procedures. View [...]
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7:58 AM | SpotOn London: Public interest and privacy in the digital world – 14/15 November 2014
The annual conference, SpotOn London, will be taking place at the Wellcome Trust on Friday,
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2:39 AM | October 2014 Open Thread
More thread.

October 20, 2014

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2:13 PM | How can we use patient experience surveys to improve care?
One new answer, for cancer patients, comes from our analysis of the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey, published this week in the European Journal of Cancer Care We found strong inequalities in experience between patients with different cancer diagnoses, and these were pretty consistent across the whole patient journey, from pre-diagnosis care to post hospital ...read more

October 17, 2014

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1:05 PM | Let’s do an unconference
Guest Post by Martin Fenner. Martin Fenner is the technical lead for the PLOS Article-Level Metrics

October 16, 2014

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6:39 PM | Citizen Science with Pop Warner in Chicago and pregame at the Chicago Bulls game!
Science Cheerleader Tracy has been busy! She helped lead the parents for the Plainfield, Illinois Pop Warner Saints (and Angels) cheer teams through the NASA Asteroid Initiative texting activity on September 7. The Angels are a special-needs cheerleading sister squad for the Saints. The Angels squad includes girls with cerebal palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy, and other conditions. Tracy had this to report: “It was amazing; the Angels even go out at halftime right after the Saints and do […]
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1:39 PM | QOTW: Krugman
When the going gets tough, the people losing the argument start whining about civility.Paul Krugman (h/t Eli)

October 15, 2014

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3:08 PM | A little Citizen Science at the Phillies Game (thanks to Drexel Cheerleaders!)
Thank you, Drexel University cheerleaders for participating in “Informing NASA’s Asteroid Initiative: A Citizen Forum” while at the Philadelphia Phillies game! We want YOU to participate! Sign up here: http://www.ECASTonline.org/ (Special thanks to wonder twins Beverly and Angela who are Science Cheerleaders and Drexel Cheerleaders!)
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11:41 AM | Emily: Biomedical engineer, former Arizona Cardinals cheerleader
Former Arizona Cardinals  Cheerleader and Science Cheerleader Emily appeared at the STEM in Sports Expo in Phoenix on September 27 where she talked about her career, citizen science and more! Hi, Emily! Why did you pursue a degree in biomedical engineering from Arizona State University? In high school I shattered my foot in track (I was a sprinter) and during that time I did a lot of thinking about how I could have prevented it. I was in a boot...[ Read Full Story ]
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8:47 AM | Pet-Food Manufacturer Shutting Down After Spending ‘Every Penny’ to Comply with OSHA Standards
Some say that OSHA’s bark is far worse than its bite. However, an Illinois pet-food manufacturer is finding that OSHA’s bite can be lethal. The owner of All-Feed Processing and Packaging Inc. told a local newspaper that the company is closing its doors because All-Feed can’t afford to pay the penalties that OSHA has levied for [...]
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8:23 AM | Study: 1 in 10 employees have shown up for work high
Here’s a chilling stat: Almost 10% of workers have admitted to coming to work high. Before you chalk it up to relaxed medical marijuana laws in more than two dozen states or even legalized recreational weed, consider that almost 81% of the people who admitted to showing up to work stoned obtained the drugs illegally. This [...]
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8:11 AM | Too injured to work, but not too injured to race BMX bikes
And now, another edition of “caught on Facebook.” Authorities say an injured grounds maintenance employee was racing BMX-style bicycles while collecting wage-replacement payments from workers’ comp. The Washington Attorney General’s Office has charged Tony Perry Sr. of Kent, WA, with first-degree theft, a felony charge which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison [...]
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7:51 AM | Excellent Tips for Distracted Driving Prevention
Related Distracted Driving Training DVDs: Distracted Driving – DVD Training Aimed specifically at CMV drivers and others who drive as part of their profession. View Product Driven To Distraction II Training DVD Help raise awareness of this dangerous practice among your employees with this high-impact training DVD. View [...]

October 14, 2014

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8:01 PM | 1: Pharmacare with Steve Morgan
Steve Morgan is Director of the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at the University of British Columbia. He joined the show to talk about the arguments supporting a universal pharmacare program in Canada. Topics include the history of introducing a pharmacare program, the logistical considerations, the role of the federal government, the economic […]

October 13, 2014

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8:36 PM | A rational animal
Man is a rational animal — so at least I have been told. Throughout a long life, I have looked diligently for evidence in favour of this statement, but so far I have not had the good fortune to come across it, though I have searched in many countries spread over three continents. Unpopular Essays […]
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5:15 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/10/13/10649/
nullius in verba omnis in litigia (proposed modification to Royal Society motto)
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11:04 AM | SpotOn London 2014 Draft Programme
We’re pleased to announce that the SpotOn London conference will take place at the Wellcome

October 10, 2014

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5:32 PM | Sleep Deprivation: A Wake-Up Call
SourceIn the past month I successfully wrote and defended my general exam and moved virtually all of my possessions (and I have way too much stuff) with a Honda Civic to a new apartment. Needless to say, I was on a temporary blog vacation (but I’m back!) and I sleep wasn’t exactly one of my top priorities. […]

October 08, 2014

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7:24 PM | Ebola Derangement Syndrome…Some Context
As of October 5  — the period covered by the World Health Organization’s latest Ebola Situation Report [PDF]  — there have been 8,033 cases of Ebola identified, with 3,879 deaths.  The one US Ebola death isn’t in that total yet — it will show up in next week’s report. Using 2011 numbers (I can’t dig up more recent […]
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2:45 PM | Warehouse Worker Safety Training Requirements
Warehouse workers regularly incur a plethora of potential safety hazards from sources like forklifts, tall stacks of overhead objects, loud perpetual noise, and regular heavy lifting. As such, warehouse workers regularly make it into the top 10th percentile for worker injuries and fatalities.

October 07, 2014

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1:39 PM | What I believe about teaching "belief in" evolution & climate change
I was corresponding with friend, someone who has done really great science education research, about the related challenges of teaching evolution & climate science to high school students.   Defending what I've called the "disentanglement principle"-- the obligation of those who are responsible for promoting comprehension of science to create an environment in which free, reasoning people don’t have to choose between knowing what’s known and being who they […]
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12:39 PM | Can Employees Be Trained to Spot Potential Workplace Violence?
A new study takes a look at precursors to workplace violence and suggests employees can be educated to spot warning signs. Researchers at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit studied 214 incidents of workplace violence at a Midwestern hospital system that included seven hospitals. Employees at the hospitals were required to record these [...]
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12:07 PM | Spills: Clean Them up or Call in the HazMat Team?
When oil drips from a hose fitting onto the floor in a production area or a pan that was placed under a leaky drum faucet gets knocked over, workers who have been taught how to safely clean up after themselves often don’t give a second thought to grabbing a handful of paper towels or an [...]
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11:16 AM | (Infographic) What to Expect During a Surprise OSHA Inspection
Source: Ehssafetynewsamerica.com Related Training DVDs: Safety Audits Training DVD Reminds employees about the goals of a safety audit, and how all workers should become involved. View Product Workplace Safety 101 A Guide for New Employees Gives new hires the tools to develop solid safety habits and [...]
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10:42 AM | Controversial New Safety Video Infuriates Safety Professionals
A safety video published to YouTube by AMEC Worldwide is getting scathing reviews from safety professionals at the SafetyRisk website. “This has to be the dumbest and most condescending safety initiative I’ve seen since Dumb Ways to Die and Hazardman.” – Dave Collins, SafetyRisk Editor “Where is the bucket, I need to throw up.” – Commenter Peter [...]

October 06, 2014

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8:37 PM | How do people with diabetes describe their experiences in primary care?
Well, actually quite good news here. People with diabetes in England report primary care experiences that are at least as good as those without diabetes for most domains of care. This is one of our conclusions from our analysis of responses to the English national GP Patient Survey from 85,760 patients with self-reported diabetes. However, ...read more
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11:12 AM | Warehouse Worker Safety Training
Warehouses that store and distribute large amounts of materials can be excellent opportunities for employment, but the physical nature of the work and use of large, complex machinery means a higher risk of injury for workers. Material handlers and order pickers are confronted with hazardous materials and strenuous labor all day long. Below, you’ll find [...]
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