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November 18, 2014

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7:52 AM | CEO Arrested in Worker’s Death
Authorities in California have arrested a business owner in connection with the death of a worker in a trench in January 2012. Richard Liu was arrested on a $1 million warrant at the San Francisco airport after flying in from China. Liu is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Raul Zapata Mercado. Mercado, a carpenter, [...]
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7:38 AM | Are Occupational Injuries Under-Reported by 86 Percent?
Researchers say the federal government may be seriously undercounting the number of occupational injuries that occur each year. Michigan State University’s Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine reports that in 2012, there were actually 86% more work-related skull fractures in Michigan than reported by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. BLS said in 2012, there were [...]
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7:18 AM | Is it Enough to Provide Safety Gear, or Do You Have to Make ‘em Use It?
In a recent court case, a company argued that the law only required it to supply safety devices, not be the “watchdog of careless employees” and make sure they actually use them. Did the court buy that reasoning? While the provide-versus-use argument involving safety equipment has been argued previously by various courts, it usually involves [...]
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7:08 AM | (VIDEO) Leading a Positive Safety Culture
Related Training DVDs: Safety and Health Advanced Training Video Covers more advanced guidelines and best practices for safety in a variety of industrial workplaces. View Product Workplace Safety 101 A Guide for New Employees Deliver effective and consistent safety orientation training, helping reduce costly incidents, & more. [...]

November 15, 2014

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9:00 AM | The Last Word: November 10-14, 2014
More imaging, more problems: Colin Norman’s medical troubles began with his heart. But in this week’s post, an MRI of Colin’s heart shows that his pancreas is wearing a cyst ominously called an intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm. These cysts may be an early sign of pancreatic cancer, but using them to screen for the disease . . . well, that’s tricky. […]
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9:00 AM | The Last Word: November 10-14, 2014
More imaging, more problems: Colin Norman’s medical troubles began with his heart. But in this week’s post, an MRI of Colin’s heart shows that his pancreas is wearing a cyst ominously called an intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm. These cysts may be an early sign of pancreatic cancer, but using them to screen for the disease . . . well, that’s tricky. […]

November 13, 2014

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9:00 AM | Urban Allies May Save the World
A friend of mine, a fund manager, described his experience of the financial crisis of 2008. His fund was based in one of these mid-town Manhattan office towers they call a Hedge Fund Hotel. In those early days when the crisis set in, my friend could arrive at work relaxed, but then he’d be in an […]
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9:00 AM | Urban Allies May Save the World
A friend of mine, a fund manager, described his experience of the financial crisis of 2008. His fund was based in one of these mid-town Manhattan office towers they call a Hedge Fund Hotel. In those early days when the crisis set in, my friend could arrive at work relaxed, but then he’d be in an […]

November 12, 2014

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9:04 AM | What Destruction Has Wrought
On Monday, a slowly-creeping lava flow claimed its first house on the Big Island of Hawaii. The iron-heavy pahoehoe flow crossed the house’s yard and moved through a wall, sending flames into the 1,100-square-foot structure before continuing on to take down a nearby corrugated shed. This flow has been on the move since it first […]
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9:04 AM | What Destruction Has Wrought
On Monday, a slowly-creeping lava flow claimed its first house on the Big Island of Hawaii. The iron-heavy pahoehoe flow crossed the house’s yard and moved through a wall, sending flames into the 1,100-square-foot structure before continuing on to take down a nearby corrugated shed. This flow has been on the move since it first […]

November 11, 2014

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4:27 AM | $500 Million Lawsuit Claims Surgical Gowns Don’t Protect Against Ebola
A manufacturer of surgical gowns faces a lawsuit that claims the company knew its product failed impermeability tests for blood and microbes. The lawsuit seeks class action status and more than $500 million in damages. Law firm Eagan Avenatti filed the lawsuit in a Los Angeles court against Kimberly-Clark Corp. The suit alleges the company knew [...]
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4:05 AM | OSHA in the Next Two Years: Could its Budget Actually go Up?
Fact: The last time the U.S. had a Republican Congress and Democratic President (1999-2000), OSHA’s budget actually went up. How did that happen? And, could it happen again? Here is OSHA’s budget trajectory from 1998 to 2001: 1998: $370 million 1999: $384 million 2000: $408 million 2001: $455 million. From 1998 to 2001, that’s a 23% increase. Read Full Article At [...]
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3:47 AM | Think Training Temps Isn’t Your Problem? Think Again
This week I attended EH&S Today magazine’s Safety Leadership Conference, which may be, by the way, the best kept secret in safety conferences, but an outstanding place to hear from thought leaders in safety talk in depth about some of the emerging challenges to safety. I was, for a change, an attendee and except for [...]
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3:27 AM | (VIDEO) Deaf to the Danger: Great Safety Meeting Opener on Ear Buds at Work
Related Hearing Conservation Training DVDs: Hearing Conservation and Safety DVD Shows employees why they should pay attention to “noise” hazards, and how they can protect themselves. View Product Hearing Conservation and Safety Refresher Training DVD Give employees the information they need to refresh their knowledge of OSHA’s [...]

November 07, 2014

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9:00 AM | Abundance of Caution
A little over a month ago, Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan became the first person in the US to develop ebola. In the days before he died, Duncan infected two nurses. Last month, a New York doctor who had been working with Doctors without Borders in Guinea was diagnosed with the disease, becoming the fourth person to develop […]
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9:00 AM | Abundance of Caution
A little over a month ago, Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan became the first person in the US to develop ebola. In the days before he died, Duncan infected two nurses. Last month, a New York doctor who had been working with Doctors without Borders in Guinea was diagnosed with the disease, becoming the fourth person to develop […]

November 05, 2014

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9:00 AM | Dear Time: Would You Please Stop Being So Stupid?
It doesn’t seem right that something as basic as time should be so annoying. No, it’s not time itself that’s annoying. I’ve more or less made peace with the fact that it’s marching on. The thing that’s annoying is when the stupid time keeps changing. In college, I appreciated that extra hour of sleep in […]
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9:00 AM | Dear Time: Would You Please Stop Being So Stupid?
It doesn’t seem right that something as basic as time should be so annoying. No, it’s not time itself that’s annoying. I’ve more or less made peace with the fact that it’s marching on. The thing that’s annoying is when the stupid time keeps changing. In college, I appreciated that extra hour of sleep in […]

November 04, 2014

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7:26 PM | Comment policy updated
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1:23 AM | How Procter & Gamble Cools the Safety vs. Engineering War
“Do Engineering and EHS compete?” Mark Lewandowski asked the health and safety experts crammed into the technology track at EHS Today’s Safety Leadership Conference. “Does it ever feel like you’re in a boxing match?” has asked. “Does it seem like a tug-of-war for time, money and resources?” The crowd offered enthusiastic agreement, fervent nods across the room [...]
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12:49 AM | If you Think Safety is Expensive, Try an Accident: Paralyzed Worker Awarded $21.7M
The combination of working at heights and failure to de-energize equipment proved tragic for a 28-year-old construction worker. The company responsible must now pay him $21.7 million as the result of a jury verdict. A Maryland jury awarded the sum to Hugo Hernandez Palomino, who was paralyzed from the neck down after receiving an electric [...]
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12:18 AM | Baked: Dealing with the Growing Problem of Workplace Drug Use
Continuing my series of blog coverage of the EH&S Today’s Leadership Conference I wanted to point out another great session that I attended. In High Society: Substance Abuse Challenges in Today’s Workplace. This is a keen area of interest to me, since many of my clients are high-consequence industries, that is to say, one screw [...]
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12:01 AM | Utah Woman Nearly Dies After Drinking Chemical-Laced Iced Tea at Restaurant
Related Training DVDs: Food Safety & Sanitation Training Video Teaches your workers the proper procedures and laws to follow to ensure food is handled safely. View Product Chemical Handling Safety Basic Principles Training DVD Teaches employees how to identify, handle, and store dangerous chemicals safely and properly. [...]

October 29, 2014

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6:00 AM | Forward by Failure
A few years ago, I decided to take up hunting. This was kind of a big deal, because I’d spent the first decade-plus of my adult life as vegetarian. I became a big game hunter for the same reason I raise chickens — to know where my food comes from and ensure that it’s raised […]
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6:00 AM | Forward by Failure
A few years ago, I decided to take up hunting. This was kind of a big deal, because I’d spent the first decade-plus of my adult life as vegetarian. I became a big game hunter for the same reason I raise chickens — to know where my food comes from and ensure that it’s raised […]

October 28, 2014

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8:56 AM | Dealing with Ebola and Ebola-Related Fears in the Workplace
Now that the Ebola virus has landed on U.S. soil, employers here are grappling with how to address various workplace issues, ranging from addressing irrational fears among employees to dealing with employees who may have had actual or potential exposure to the virus. First, employers should learn the facts about the Ebola virus to help [...]
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8:22 AM | Lights not Working, Truck Runs Over and Kills Worker: Is Company to Blame?
The overhead flood lights at a UPS facility’s entrance gate weren’t working. It was before sunrise, and a worker who had to open the gate for incoming trucks was run over by one and killed. Will OSHA violations against the company for lack of proper lighting and employee training stick? On Sept. 15, 2010, a [...]
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8:00 AM | Seeing Mammoths
Seeing a mammoth is not the same as looking over a zoo wall at a modern elephant, or even standing next to a live, gray, wrinkled wall of flesh with scant, coarse hairs. Watching the flexible, prehensile reach of an elephant’s trunk and the slow cross-wise chewing of hay, I’ve found it hard to see […]
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8:00 AM | Seeing Mammoths
Seeing a mammoth is not the same as looking over a zoo wall at a modern elephant, or even standing next to a live, gray, wrinkled wall of flesh with scant, coarse hairs. Watching the flexible, prehensile reach of an elephant’s trunk and the slow cross-wise chewing of hay, I’ve found it hard to see […]
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7:44 AM | He did What to try to get Workers’ Comp?
Some employees will go to great lengths to fake an injury and claim workers’ comp. In this case, the worker even damaged company property in his effort. Glenn Jones of Cleveland has pleaded guilty to filing a false workers’ compensation claim, a first-degree misdemeanor. Security video shows Jones stomped on the floor to create a [...]
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