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Obama’s 2016 proposed budget reduces NIOSH funding

Obama’s 2016 proposed budget reduces NIOSH funding

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

The funding for National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), responsible for research on the health and safety of the country’s 155 million-strong workforce, has been cut 15 percent in the 2016 proposed budget by the Obama administration. This brings the total funding of this safety research wing to $283 million. Along with NIOSH, funding for Education Research […]

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New FAA rule aims to reduce air travel fatality risks

New FAA rule aims to reduce air travel fatality risks

| January 21, 2015

With the goal of reducing the fatality risk of commercial air travel, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has taken a step to “fill the gap” between industry-wide regulations and operator-specific circumstances. Last week, the FAA issued a final rule requiring that most commercial airlines in the U.S. create safety management systems (SMS). Simply stated, a […]

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Top 10 safety blogs to read in the new year

Top 10 safety blogs to read in the new year

| January 14, 2015

Last year, we brought you ten of our go-to resources for industry news — the blogs that helped us stay inspired and in the know throughout the year. Although it’s now a little past the year mark, we’re making it a tradition. The ten safety blogs below are dedicated to staying abreast of the latest in industry […]

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OSHA revises rules for reporting workplace deaths

OSHA revises rules for reporting workplace deaths

| December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

From 14,000 workers killed on the job in 1970 to 4,405 worker deaths in 2013, workplaces have clearly become much safer than they were a few decades ago. However, workers are still exposed to extreme hazards at work and thousands of fatalities are reported each year. In order to prevent work-related accidents, the Occupational Health […]

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Top executive indicted in Upper Big Branch mine disaster

Top executive indicted in Upper Big Branch mine disaster

| December 5, 2014

On April 5, 2010, 29 workers in the Upper Big Branch mine near Whitesville, West Virginia died in a methane gas explosion, fed by illegally high levels of highly flammable coal dust. For the first time in the state’s history, a top executive – who has been called the “dark lord of coal country” – […]

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Protecting temporary retail workers during the busy holiday rush

Protecting temporary retail workers during the busy holiday rush

| November 25, 2014

For employers in the retail industry, holiday hiring is off to a frantic pace. Retailers hired more workers in October than ever on record — that’s since 1939, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics began keeping track. While the season offers valuable employment opportunities, temporary workers also face a greater risk of non-fatal injuries than […]

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Hand hygiene declines at end of hospital shift

Hand hygiene declines at end of hospital shift

| November 18, 2014

New research on hand washing habit in hospitals shows that healthcare workers are less likely to wash their hands toward the end of their shift. The decline is attributed to hectic work schedules that drain cognitive resources responsible for self-regulatory behavior. As work pressure builds through the day, mental fatigue pushes healthcare workers to focus […]

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BLS reports preliminary 2013 fatality count

BLS reports preliminary 2013 fatality count

| October 1, 2014

Last year’s preliminary accident estimates are in, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)reports that 4,405 work injuries occurred in the US in 2013, indicating a drop when compared to the 4,628 work injuries the year before that. This works out to a rate of fatal workplace injury of 3.2 per 100,000 workers, as compared to 3.4 […]

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Is Europe safer than America for workers?

Is Europe safer than America for workers?

| July 14, 2014

A June report by Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that compares the number of fatalities in US versus European Union (EU) in the calendar year 2010, hints that working in the US is far more risky than working in EU.   Extensively collected data revealed that the rate of fatalities per 100,000 employees in the […]

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Injuries in service industry take a toll on New York’s economy

Injuries in service industry take a toll on New York’s economy

| May 27, 2014

Contrary to the popular belief that the service industry has safer working conditions, Public Citizen’s new report on workplaces in New York reveals that the service sector contributes to a major chunk of injuries and illnesses across all industries. This can be due to lack of regulations, programs, and training for employees in service-based jobs. […]

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Turkish mine disaster reveals national safety failures

Turkish mine disaster reveals national safety failures

| May 21, 2014

Mining accidents are not new in Turkey, which is the world’s seventh largest producer of coal. More than 3,000 people have been killed since 1941 and a reported 13,000 miners suffered workplace accidents last year. The country’s mining industry is riddled with safety loopholes; Turkey’s mines supposedly have the most dangerous work conditions in the […]

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