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San Francisco construction accident injures workers

A construction accident in San Francisco that injured four workers has prompted an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) for the state of California.Bay City News Wire reported that the accident happened in a Nob Hill residential building where a team of workers were renovating a basement and garage. San Francisco Fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge comments on the incident:…

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Will slope shelving prevent workplace injuries?

A news release from A Plus Warehouse on PR Web promoting their new slope schelving storage cabinets says that the product could help prevent more back and hand injuries in warehouses.The American Society of Safety Engineers has apparently endorsed this type of shelving, which allows workers to inspect products without picking everyone of them up. This could eliminate many of the hand and back…

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Protecting immigrant labor from injuries growing concern

An Associated Press story last week addresses the growing problem of workplace injuries among immigrant workers who may speak little or no English. With more immigrant labor entering the construction and landscaping business, proper safety training is becoming an issue. A number of companies are failing to adequately train their non-English speaking workers, and injuries among them are on the…

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OSHA requires employers to post injuries

Each year on Feb. 1, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to post the total number of work-related injuries and illnesses their employees experienced during the previous year. Employers are required to post OSHA Form 300A from Feb. 1 through April 30, 2007, with a summary of all the worksite injuries and illnesses their exployees had during 2006. A…

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Physical Therapy groups offer employment screens

Many Physical Therapy groups offer services to employers to screen potential employees for their physical abilities to perform certain jobs or tasks. This service can help prevent worksite injuries and save the companies money. An article about First Choice Physical Therapy in North Dakota provides a good example of this. The give post-offer employee tests for jobs that have certain lifting or…

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U.S. Capitol now a smoke-free workplace

New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced yesterday a new smoke-free policy for the Speaker’s Lobby, a meeting area near the Floor of the House of Representatives. Speaker Pelosi’s historic action follows a nation-wide trend toward making workplaces smoke-free.Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) and newpapers across the nation reported on this story:”As Members of Congress, we must be held to…

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OSHA fines companies for fall hazards

A report today on OccupationalHazards.com said that OSHA fined two contractors in Massachusetts for exposing their employees to fall hazards at residential construction sites. Many worksite fatalities in the construction industry occur because of falls. “Falls are the No. 1 killer in construction,” said Francis Pagliuca, OSHA’s area director for Middlesex and Essex counties. “Workers’ lives are…

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Disability insurance gaining popularity

An interesting article from The Wall Street Journal highlights increasing consumer interest in disability insurance. This is attributed in part to lower prices for these insurance policies and to more people recovering and living longer after accidents or serious diseases such as cancer. The article reports:The renewed interest in disability insurance comes as disability rates are rising….

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Construction accident at Spring Hill College

The Press-Register reported Friday that a construction worker from Alabama died in an accident at Spring Hill College on Thursday. The victim was working on the third floor close to an elevator shaft when a concrete wall fell on and crushed him. Though the reason for the accident is not clear yet, an Occupational Safety and Health Adminstration (OSHA) investigator has been inspecting the scene….

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IBM plant workers fear cancer injuries

An interesting article in USA Today reports that a number of IBM workers who spend time working in manufacturing plants, especially those in East Fishkill, NY and Burlington, VT, developed cancer later in life. These alleged worksite injuries are raising concern among former IBM employees.One 55-year-old woman who worked in an IBM plant during the 1970s believes that the company is to blame for…