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Obama administration closes unsafe trucking companies at brisk pace (7/19)

“Reincarnated” carriers remain a concern
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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced today that in the last two years, the Obama Administration has issued as many imminent hazard orders placing unsafe bus and truck companies out of service as in the previous 10 years combined.


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Despite deadly blast, Florida fails to enact CSB recommendations on public worker safety (7/18)

State earns first “Unacceptable Response” in CSB history
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Florida’s failure to adopt recommendations to provide state and municipal public workers with the same workplace protections as their private sector counterparts has been labeled an “Unacceptable Response” by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), which made the recommendations.


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High sodium, low potassium diet doubles risk of heart attack

Americans must change diet to lower risk
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Americans who eat a diet high in sodium and low in potassium have a 50 percent increased risk of death from any cause, and about twice the risk of death from heart attacks, according to a study published last week in the Archives of Internal Medicine.


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No lessons learned from first amputation; second follows a week later

The company had been cited by OSHA for 47 violations since 1988
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Two workers at one company working at two separate press brakes suffered amputations eight days apart last January – resulting in fines and membership in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program for T & D Metal Products LLC of Watseka, IL.
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Bucket lift dispute turns costly for Georgia manufacturer (7/14)

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An employee who was fired after raising concerns about the proper use of a bucket lift will receive back wages with interest, thanks to a settlement reached by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Blue Bird Corp., a Georgia-based school bus manufacturer.
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Like déjà vu all over again for MA contractor (7/14)

“An unguarded excavation is only seconds away from becoming a grave”
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A Massachusetts contractor with a long history of violating workplace safety standards faces a total of $354,000 in new proposed fines from OSHA, chiefly for exposing its employees to cave-in hazards at work sites in Cambridge and Framingham.
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Let’s talk about public chemical exposure

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The National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures, a collaborative initiative by CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), recently released “Addressing Public Health and Chemicals Exposures: An Action Agenda, according to a post on the website of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.
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OSHA is looking for a few good…advisors (7/7)

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The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is seeking nominations for membership to the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH).
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Obese patients much more likely to have post-surgical complications (6/30)

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Obese patients are nearly 12 times more likely to suffer a complication following elective plastic surgery than their normal-weight counterparts, according to new research by Johns Hopkins scientists.
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For once, put party politics aside and compromise!

By Aaron K. Trippler
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An interesting week just concluded here in Washington. It was almost like a perfect storm of events.
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