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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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7:02 AM | No Escape: Dangers of Confined Spaces
Related Confined Spaces Training DVDs: Confined Space Entry Training Video Address the major areas of employee training required by the regulation. View Product Confined Space Entry A Retraining Program Video or DVD Gives employees the information they need to refresh their knowledge of OSHA’s Confined Space regulation. [...]

October 25, 2014

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8:00 AM | The Last Word
October 20-24, 2014 In his third post, Colin Norman faces a daunting prospect: heart surgery. “The operation isn’t as simple as snipping out the piece of aorta that includes the aneurysm and sewing in the Dacron tube. Because my aneurysm is right at the root of the aorta, the surgery would involve the left ventricle […]
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8:00 AM | The Last Word
October 20-24, 2014 In his third post, Colin Norman faces a daunting prospect: heart surgery. “The operation isn’t as simple as snipping out the piece of aorta that includes the aneurysm and sewing in the Dacron tube. Because my aneurysm is right at the root of the aorta, the surgery would involve the left ventricle […]

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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8:00 AM | Bad Science Poet
Time for another visit from Bad Science Poet. Remember: “It’s not the science that’s bad—it’s the poetry!”™ A LESSON IN HUMILITY FOR SCIENTISTS Bunsen had a burner. Ike had Tina Turner. And which became president? AERODYNAMICS FOR DUMMIES Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Had a very shiny nose Then he defenestrated Which is how the term nose-dive arose.   ACADEMIA […]
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8:00 AM | Bad Science Poet
Time for another visit from Bad Science Poet. Remember: “It’s not the science that’s bad—it’s the poetry!”™ A LESSON IN HUMILITY FOR SCIENTISTS Bunsen had a burner. Ike had Tina Turner. And which became president? AERODYNAMICS FOR DUMMIES Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Had a very shiny nose Then he defenestrated Which is how the term nose-dive arose.   ACADEMIA […]

October 18, 2014

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8:00 AM | The Last Word
October 13-17, 2014 Colin Norman continues his exploration of the medical system through his own familial cardiovascular condition, and Cameron finds a universe in a small window pane. Michelle celebrates the day now dedicated to Ada Lovelace, patron saint of gifted women. A midnight encounter with a beaver leaves Chris Arnade in a standoff between […]
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8:00 AM | The Last Word
October 13-17, 2014 Colin Norman continues his exploration of the medical system through his own familial cardiovascular condition, and Cameron finds a universe in a small window pane. Michelle celebrates the day now dedicated to Ada Lovelace, patron saint of gifted women. A midnight encounter with a beaver leaves Chris Arnade in a standoff between […]

October 17, 2014

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4:01 AM | Few Words with Much Meaning
  In 1972, Chief Jimmy Bruneau of the Tłı̨chǫ First Nation attended the opening of the school that would bear his name. As part of the ceremony, many dignitaries got up to the microphone before him and gave long-winded speeches. Bruneau was an old man and very ill (he would die three years later), so […]
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4:01 AM | Few Words with Much Meaning
  In 1972, Chief Jimmy Bruneau of the Tłı̨chǫ First Nation attended the opening of the school that would bear his name. As part of the ceremony, many dignitaries got up to the microphone before him and gave long-winded speeches. Bruneau was an old man and very ill (he would die three years later), so […]

October 15, 2014

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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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8:00 AM | Happy Lady Ada Day
I’m not, in general, huge on holidays. I often wish that those of us in the U.S. would observe the weeks between Halloween and Martin Luther King, Jr., Day with a nice long nationwide nap. But I feel differently about Ada Lovelace Day, founded by British digital-rights activist Suw Charman-Anderson in 2009. Now, every year in mid-October, the world has a chance […]
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8:00 AM | Happy Lady Ada Day
I’m not, in general, huge on holidays. I often wish that those of us in the U.S. would observe the weeks between Halloween and Martin Luther King, Jr., Day with a nice long nationwide nap. But I feel differently about Ada Lovelace Day, founded by British digital-rights activist Suw Charman-Anderson in 2009. Now, every year in mid-October, the world has a chance […]

October 11, 2014

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1:30 PM | The Last Word
October 6 – 10 This week was devoted to being Off Our Meds, looking calmly and as rationally as possible at scary issues in medicine. Ebola is about as bad as it gets, and no vaccines or drugs. Guest Robin Mejia suggest we learn some R numbers: “for each day that we’re not effectively isolating […]
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1:30 PM | The Last Word
October 6 – 10 This week was devoted to being Off Our Meds, looking calmly and as rationally as possible at scary issues in medicine. Ebola is about as bad as it gets, and no vaccines or drugs. Guest Robin Mejia suggest we learn some R numbers: “for each day that we’re not effectively isolating […]

October 09, 2014

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8:00 AM | Off Our Meds: Physician, Screw Thyself (Or, Um, Not)
This week LWON presents “Off Our Meds,” an examination of some scary issues in medicine. We won’t resort to fear mongering, because we don’t have to. Medicine is scary enough as it is. The doctor was sitting in a chair next to the window, gazing out. His features were grim. I watched him from my hospital bed, […]
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8:00 AM | Off Our Meds: Physician, Screw Thyself (Or, Um, Not)
This week LWON presents “Off Our Meds,” an examination of some scary issues in medicine. We won’t resort to fear mongering, because we don’t have to. Medicine is scary enough as it is. The doctor was sitting in a chair next to the window, gazing out. His features were grim. I watched him from my hospital bed, […]
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