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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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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, […]

October 07, 2014

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1:00 PM | “No sugar added” candy lists sugar as first ingredient
Add this to the #facepalm files. I took the above photo at a convenience store in Charlottetown this summer.  As you can see on the package, the candy is proudly advertised as “no sugar added”.  The package also announces that … Continue reading »
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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 [...]
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8:00 AM | Off Our Meds: the Theater of Medicine
This week LWON examines 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. I still remember my first trip to the doctor. I was 18 years old and doubled over in terrible stomach pain. And when I walked into that office, I […]
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8:00 AM | Off Our Meds: The Theater of Medicine
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. I still remember my first trip to the doctor. I was 18 years old and doubled over in terrible stomach pain. And when I […]

October 05, 2014

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3:10 AM | Friday 5 (on Saturday): Insect Haikus for the End of Summer
For some reason, I was feeling poetic today.  I started making up poems in my head on my way home from work and made excellent progress on a multi-stanza educational poem about dragonflies I might share with you sometime.  But I also came up with a series of haikus, inspired by the changing seasons and some […]

October 04, 2014

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3:20 PM | The Last Word
September 29 – October 3, 2014 You think a place like L.A. just happened to sprawl like that? that our various civil and environmental messes just happened?  Nope, says guest Erika Schoenberger, a lot of times we planned ‘em like that. An evocative argument over whether Native Americans came over the land bridge, as the […]
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3:20 PM | The Last Word
September 29 – October 3, 2014 You think a place like L.A. just happened to sprawl like that? that our various civil and environmental messes just happened?  Nope, says guest Erika Schoenberger, a lot of times we planned ‘em like that. An evocative argument over whether Native Americans came over the land bridge, as the […]
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