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November 24, 2012
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Weekly News Round-UpHow employers can address diabetes problem

In recognition of November as National Diabetes Month, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) is providing tools and resources to help employers identify and respond to the impact of diabetes on worker health and productivity. Read More


How airline passengers can make their trips safer

FAA has tips on holiday (air) travel

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is encouraging travelers to take an active role in aviation safety when they fly this holiday season. Travelers can make their flight even safer by taking a few minutes to follow these guidelines: Read More


Go over the river and through the woods…safely

ASSE has tips for holiday roadway travel

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) says an estimated 43.6 million people are expected to be on the road this Thanksgiving – in addition to the millions who will be driving as part of their job. Read More


Fatal crane accident in Texas nets company citations

A crane collapse in Dallas that killed two workers has resulted in citations for a half dozen safety violations against Harrison Hoist, Inc. Read More


Traffic deaths: A surprising dimension of the red state-blue state divide

The nation’s red and blue states often are miles apart in social attitudes and, of course, political outlook. It turns out that they also divide into distinct camps when it comes to a grimmer measure — fatal traffic accidents. Read More


California uses "digital stories" to help prevent fatal accidents

Antonio Barajas, a 33-year-old tree trimmer, died at work when he was thrown against a wood chipper. Hans Petersen, a 30-year-old solar panel installer, died on the job when he fell off an apartment building roof. Read More


Diagnosed diabetes grows at a dramatic rate throughout the United States

Eighteen states saw 100 percent or more increase between 1995 and 2010

The prevalence of diagnosed diabetes increased in all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico between 1995 and 2010, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read More


Data on childhood ag injuries now available online

NIOSH has released e-tables that make data from its Childhood Agricultural Injury Survey (CAIS) available to the public online. Read More


Stigma of ‘smokers’ disease’ stifles fight against no. 1 killer, lung cancer

About 15 percent of lung cancer cases are in people who never smoked

Lung cancer takes more lives than any other cancer. This year it will kill an estimated 160,340 Americans – more than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. Yet while lung cancer remains largely a death sentence — just 15.9 percent of those diagnosed are alive five years later — the federal government funds far less research on the disease than on other common cancers. Read More


Study spotlights high breast cancer risk for plastics workers

For more than three decades, women working in the plastic automotive parts factories in Windsor, Ontario have complained of dreadful conditions in many of this city’s plants: Pungent fumes and dust that caused nosebleeds, headaches, nausea and dizziness. Read More


NTSB looking into veteran’s parade accident in Midland, Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating an accident in Midland, Texas, in which a Union Pacific freight train struck a flatbed semi-trailer being used as a parade float at a grade crossing last week. Read More

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