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AJM Packaging Corporation in Taylor Fined $263,000 by MIOSHA for Amputation Hazards

June 22, 2017 - The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations with penalties totaling $263,000 to AJM Packaging for amputation hazards at its Taylor, MI, plant. The citations are the outcome of MIOSHA inspections of two reports of finger amputations on machines and an employee complaint alleging numerous safety hazards.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:22:03 GMT

Fireworks can take toll on hearing in children, adults

"Distance is your friend," says Shannon Van Hyfte, clinical associate professor of audiology and director of the M.D. Steer Audiology Clinic. "When it comes to fireworks, the volume is so great that it doesn't take a long time of exposure to sustain harm.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:20:31 GMT

What employers must do to keep outdoor workers safe

While some are able to hunker down in the air conditioning during the heat wave hitting Northern California, others be will outside for work. For those duking it out in the elements, high heat regulations are in effect.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:55:10 GMT

Posture Pointers for Computer Jockeys

Do you spend most of your day sitting at a computer? Being hunched over your keyboard for long periods can put stress and strain on your whole body. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Computer Workstations eTool, focus on sitting with neutral body positioning.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:45:50 GMT

1 dead, 1 injured in industrial accident at Manley Meats

Updated: The Adams County Sheriff's Department has released a report by County Coroner Leslie Cook. According to the report, at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, emergency services were dispatched to Manley Meats outside of Monroe in response to two individuals who were unresponsive.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 01:35:45 GMT

Who Reads the Instructions Anyway? The Role of Job Descriptions in Limiting Liability

How many times have you heard employment counsel say, "update your job descriptions?" Enough that you dream of updates? Enough that one of my clients commented, "I feel like that's tattooed on my brain." Enough that you have actually done it? No? I thought so.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:22:17 GMT

Brian Block's lawyer portrays prosecution witness as a liar

The defense for Brian Block hit back Tuesday at a key witness in the government's securities fraud case against the former real estate executive, portraying the witness, Lisa McAlister, as a liar who would testify to almost anything to protect her family. Mr. Block is the former chief financial officer of American Realty Capital Properties Inc., a giant net lease real estate investment trust, accused of securities fraud and other charges stemming from $23 million in inaccurate accounting entries.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:14:59 GMT

When The Summer Wind Comes Blowing In: Remember OSHA's Heat Stress Guidance

On June 19, 2017, American Airlines announced it cancelled approximately 45 regional flights due to intense summer heat in the Phoenix area and there were record highs recorded in the region. The intense heat waves serves as a good reminder that OSHA has guidance on addressing heat stress and employers may need to do more than simply offering employees a cold beverage or an extra rest period although certainly water, rest, and shade are some ways to prevent heat stress illnesses according to OSHA.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:46:28 GMT

4 Ways Your Business Will Benefit From Inline Translation Technology

Inline translation technology opens the door to a new level of connectedness with your entire staff, making our world smaller . Language has always been the toughest barrier in globalization, but we've made great strides in breaking it down with tools like Google Translate, Facebook's own translation system , and countless others that can be tailored to fit specific needs.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:32:25 GMT

Lamar Alexander promises to move quickly Trump's NLRB nominee

"Marvin Kaplan has the qualifications to be an effective member of the National Labor Relations Board." Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said Tuesday his committee would act quickly to confirm President Trump's nomination of Marvin Kaplan to fill an open seat on the National Labor Relations Board, the main federal labor law enforcement agency.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:18:55 GMT

Scott steps down from emergency management post

Scott, who worked in firefighting and emergency medical services for 27 years before accepting the city job in April 2015, is going to work for the Georgia-Pacific plant in the Martinsville Industrial Park as manager of environmental health and safety.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 04:22:31 GMT

"Controlling Employer" Doctrine Reviewed and Vacated by OSHRC Law Judge

Seyfarth Synopsis : In an interesting outcome, an OSHRC Administrative Law Judge recently vacated a citation to an alleged "controlling employer" based on 5th Circuit precedent despite being contrary with OSHA policy and other OSHRC precedent. A recent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission Administrative Law Judge, Brian A. Duncan's decision, in Hensel Phelps Construction Co.

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:59:37 GMT

Weather 10 mins ago 3:54 p.m.It's hot outside, but at work women are freezing, thanks to AC

It's so sweltering in the Southwest that planes can't fly, stores are wrapping door handles so shoppers don't get burned, pavement is torture for tender paws of pets, and air-conditioning repairmen are snowed under. Yes, drape that pashmina and raise your frozen hands if you are snuggled up to that space heater under your desk, ruing that seemingly innocent a.m. decision to wear sandals.

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:39:38 GMT

American workers unprepared for workplace cardiac emergencies, surveys find

Most U.S. employees are not prepared to handle cardiac emergencies in the workplace because they lack training in CPR and first aid, according to new survey results from the American Heart Association, the world's leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease. Two surveys reveal most workers do not have access to CPR and first aid training , and half could not locate an automated external defibrillator at work-prompting the AHA to announce today a new campaign to promote first aid, CPR and AED training in the workplace , as well as public access to AEDs.

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:18:03 GMT

Consent judgment compensates three Hartford health center employees fired after concerns were raised about tuberculosis exposure

When a Hartford health care facility failed to adequately respond to a tuberculosis exposure in December 2011, its interim senior vice-president for operations, director of nursing and its coordinator of its Healthy Start program actively tried or were associated with efforts to raise awareness among fellow employees, management and the public about the potential dangers. Among other things, they cooperated with public and workplace health agencies that investigated.

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:40:23 GMT

Bridge-painting firm fined $189,000 after safety lapses led to Ross Island Bridge fall

State safety regulators on Monday handed down a $189,000 fine to the company painting the Ross Island Bridge after finding nine safety violations. An Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation was triggered after a bridge painter fell nearly 40 feet down a ladder opening and landed on another painter working below.

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:30:22 GMT

Missouri citations highlight importance of vigilance in preventing trench cave-ins, protecting workers

A month after a 33-year-old worker died while working in an unprotected trench , U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors found another employee of the same Missouri plumbing contractor working in a similarly unprotected trench at another job site. OSHA determined that, in both cases, Arrow Plumbing LLC of Blue Springs failed to provide basic safeguards to prevent trench collapse and did not train its employees to recognize and avoid cave-in and other hazards.

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:19:30 GMT

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