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November 27, 2014

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9:00 AM | The Thankers of LWON
Dear Readers: Writing down our thoughts and feelings is pretty normal for the People of LWON. We’ve even written our thanks before. But this year for Thanksgiving, we wrote our thanks on paper. With our hands. Whoa. Click each image to enlarge. (This works best if you don’t click on Previous and Next but paintakingly, […]
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9:00 AM | The Thankers of LWON
Dear Readers: Writing down our thoughts and feelings is pretty normal for the People of LWON. We’ve even written our thanks before. But this year for Thanksgiving, we wrote our thanks on paper. With our hands. Whoa. Click each image to enlarge. (This works best if you don’t click on Previous and Next but paintakingly, […]

November 26, 2014

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9:00 AM | Konrad Steffen’s Desks
Earlier this month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change came out with an even firmer stance on current environmental affairs, including reams of new data from more scientists saying, basically, news is not good. The New York Times called it “the starkest warning yet.” Little new was revealed in the report, rather it deepened the […]
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9:00 AM | Konrad Steffen’s Desk
Earlier this month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change came out with an even firmer stance on current environmental affairs, including reams of new data from more scientists saying, basically, news is not good. The New York Times called it “the starkest warning yet.” Little new was revealed in the report, rather it deepened the […]
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8:44 AM | Just another day at the office
G’day, My name is Dr Mitch Ladyman. I am a biologist. More specifically a zoologist; actually, a herpetologist……and an ecophysiologist. I am also an environmental consultant. I own a small private company in Perth, Western Australia, called Animal Plant Mineral. Every year, I make a presentation to the third year students of Conservation Biology at […]

November 25, 2014

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1:58 AM | Business cost of obesity-related absences: $8.65B per year
A new study calculates the financial hit U.S. businesses take each year because of absenteeism related to obesity. The study also shows how these costs vary from state to state. The research from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine shows that obese workers miss from 1.1 to 1.7 days more per year compared [...]
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1:36 AM | Tape measure falls 400 ft., hits and kills worker
This is why all workers at construction sites must wear hard hats. A tape measure slipped off the belt of a construction worker at the top of a tower, hit a piece of metal equipment on the way down, and then struck another worker on the head, knocking him unconscious. The worker was taken to [...]
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1:14 AM | Key Considerations When Throwing a Company-Sponsored Holiday Party
As the holiday season approaches, many companies are planning and throwing parties for their employees without considering and taking steps to minimize the potential liability that can result. While holiday parties can be a great morale booster, they can be filled with potential problems, especially when alcohol is served. Indeed, alcohol plus a party atmosphere [...]
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12:55 AM | (VIDEO) Compactor Rollover Nearly Kills Operator
Related Training DVDs: Safety Orientation in Construction Environments DVD Program Topics covered: The “mental” aspects of safety, Basics of accident prevention, & more. View Product Front End Loader Safety DVD Topics covered: rollover protection structures, potential problems, rearward rollovers, hitching a load, rollover prevention, & more. View Product Cranes [...]

November 22, 2014

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9:00 AM | The Last Word, November 17-21, 2014
A week with the winter coming, a week with some excellent words. Guest Colin Norman started the week with his final post in his thorough, smart, and elegant series, Affair of the Heart.  He’s been through the medical system and come out the other side, more or less intact, certainly better than when he went in.  Now, […]
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9:00 AM | The Last Word, November 17-21, 2014
A week with the winter coming, a week with some excellent words. Guest Colin Norman started the week with his final post in his thorough, smart, and elegant series, Affair of the Heart.  He’s been through the medical system and come out the other side, more or less intact, certainly better than when he went in.  Now, […]

November 21, 2014

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9:00 AM | Two and a Half Months of Milkweed
About halfway between my apartment and my office is a community garden. In a corner of that community garden is a milkweed plant. I first noticed it in early September, because of the brightly-colored animals crawling all over it. These, I learned from the internet (thanks, internet), are milkweed bugs. They eat milkweed seeds by […]
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9:00 AM | Two and a Half Months of Milkweed
About halfway between my apartment and my office is a community garden. In a corner of that community garden is a milkweed plant. I first noticed it in early September, because of the brightly-colored animals crawling all over it. These, I learned from the internet (thanks, internet), are milkweed bugs. They eat milkweed seeds by […]

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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