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Thanksgiving ergonomics: Reducing material handling injuries with engineering controls

If you haven’t purchased your 20 pound Thanksgiving turkey or your 10 pound bag of potatoes rest assured employees at your local grocery stores are busy restocking the shelves each day with your favorite Thanksgiving foods.


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Scientists determine how the environment contributes to disease

NIH researchers find link to cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s

Using a new imaging technique, National Institutes of Health researchers have found that the biological machinery that builds DNA can insert molecules into the DNA strand that are damaged as a result of environmental exposures.


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Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires

Three times as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than on an average day

Cooking is, and has long been, the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries, and according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home cooking fires peak on major U.S. holidays that traditionally include cooking such as Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Easter. 


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Obesity-related work absences are 'financial drain' for states

Annual costs estimated at $8.65 billion nationwide

Obese employees miss more work days, and those absences carry high costs at the state and national level, according to a study in the November Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).


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Medical services and first aid requirements for employees exposed to electric shock

The employer shall provide medical services and first aid as required in Sec.  1910.151. In addition to the requirements of Sec.  1910.151, the following requirements also apply:


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ESFI cautions Buffalo-area residents about post-storm electrical hazards

In the aftermath of the severe snow storms that ravaged the Buffalo recently  and the current warm temperatures giving way to melting snow, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is encouraging Buffalo residents to be aware of the potential dangers that can result when water comes in contact with electricity. 


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Ag safety infographic: Stark statistics, helpful recommendations

Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries people can work in. Almost 2 million people are directly employed in the agriculture industry so it is certainly an issue that needs to be addressed. Every week there are people injured and even killed in the USA on farms and in agriculture related industries.


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Connecticut fire sparks inspection; 20 violations found

Soldream Inc. faces more than $59K in proposed fines for multiple safety, health violations

What began as a fire in a titanium dust collection system at a precision machining shop in Vernon resulted in OSHA identifying and citing 20 safety and health violations at Soldream Inc. Proposed fines total $59,290.


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Co. fails to abate machine guarding hazards; worker seriously injured

A longtime employee at Accurate Box Co., Inc. in Paterson, N.J. sustained severe internal injuries after entering a die cutting machine to do maintenance – and being crushed when the machine was activated by another employee who was unaware that the victim was inside.


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Black Friday poses special dangers for retail workers

OSHA recommending crowd management, rope lines for major sales events.

As the holiday season approaches, OSHA  is encouraging retail employers to implement safety measures to prevent workplace injuries during major sales events, including Black Friday.


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