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December 15, 2012
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Weekly News Round-UpHere are the week's top OEHS-related news stories from www.ISHN.com:

OSHA updates General Industry Digest

OSHA's updated General Industry Digest – a booklet that summarizes General Industry safety and health standards to help employers, supervisors, workers, health and safety committee members, and safety and health personnel learn about OSHA standards in the workplace – is now available. Read More


Cost of injuries, illness to low-wage workers: $39 billion

With more and more Americans finding themselves in low wage work due to the effects of the recession, two public health experts have produced a policy brief that focuses on the financial impact of injuries and illnesses to that segment of the workforce. Read More


Ruling in miner discrimination case upheld

In a decision applauded as a victory for miners' rights, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit rejected an appeal by Cordero Mining LLC of Gillette, Wyo., in a worker discrimination case. The worker, a shovel operator with 28 years of experience as a miner, filed a complaint with the Mine Safety and Health Administration in May 2010, claiming she was terminated in retaliation for her repeated safety complaints.Read More

State of the EHS Nation- Exclusive results from ISHN’s 28th annual White Paper Reader Survey. Read More

Cancer in U.S. workers leads to productivity losses of more than 33 million disability days per year, according to a study in the December Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). Most affected: smaller companies.Read More


Company cited previously for hazard that killed worker

OSHA has cited ATW Automation Inc. for nine safety violations after a worker sustained blunt force trauma injuries at the company's machine manufacturing facility in Dayton, Ohio. The worker was caught and pinned by a conveyor that had lowered during a "power down" process, and he died from his injuries a few days later. Read More


New online resource helps companies control silica dust

A new online resource from the Center for Construction Research and Training provides information and tools to help identify silica hazards, understand the health risk, and easily find equipment and methods to control the dust. Read More


What's giving EHS pros headaches?

State of the EHS Nation- Exclusive results from ISHN’s 28th annual White Paper Reader Survey. Read More

Biggest idiot on a ladder crowned in UK

After three months of picture submissions and voting, the Ladder Association’s Idiots on Ladders campaign has discovered the biggest “ladder idiot” in the UK. Read More


NTSB heads to pipeline rupture in W. Virginia

A 10-member go-team from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) arrived in Sissonville, W. Virginia last night, ready to investigate the natural gas transmission pipeline rupture on Tuesday that destroyed four homes and sent several people to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

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