An adventurous young man takes a big risk, and pays the price. One big standard probably won’t come to fruition in 2016. And a horrific workplace injury uncovers a host of hazards. These were among the top stories posted on this week.

EPA "cancels" an insecticide

Products harm aquatic animals, manufacturers failed to comply with the terms of the registration

The EPA has issued a notice of intent to cancel all Bayer CropScience, LP and Nichino America, Inc., flubendiamide products that pose a risk to aquatic invertebrates that are important to the health of aquatic environments.


How does Obamacare affect the construction industry?

CPWR researchers take a look at the numbers

With its rapid turnover, high rates of uninsured and unusual concentration of multi-employer health insurance plans, the construction industry is one of the most complex health insurance markets in our nation.


CDC Your Health – Your Environment Blog

Community environmental health activism in South Gate, Los Angeles County, CA

Imagine that you are attending a community workshop about cleaning up the environment in your city. Local environmental justice activists are there to explain how the effects of pollution are disproportionately higher in your area than in other parts of the county. After everyone is seated, the workshop leader says, “Before we start, I want to ask for some information. Will everyone here who lives adjacent to a polluting site please stand?”




OSHA cites Sharpe Holdings in death of worker at Missouri dairy farm

Third fatality at company since 2012

For the third time since 2012, federal investigators have cited Sharpe Holdings in the death of an employee. The most recent casualty was a 51-year-old equipment operator, who suffered serious head injuries after he was ejected from the rear of a van on Sept. 26, 2015. He died the following day.


Despite headlines, norovirus, related illnesses decreasing on cruise ships

While disease outbreaks among cruise ship passengers have made the news with apparent frequency in recent years, if you’re planning a cruise, you may be relieved to know that the rate of acute gastroenteritis on those sea-going luxury liners actually decreased among passengers from 27.2 cases per 100,000 travel days in 2008 to 22.3 in 2014.


FMCSA: Truck, bus inspections, enforcement saved 500 lives in 2012

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) eleased an annual analysis that estimates that commercial vehicle roadside safety inspection and traffic enforcement programs saved 472 lives in 2012. Since 2001, these programs have saved more than 7,000 lives.






Fall from balcony results in $66,990 proposed OSHA fine

OSHA cited a Texas flooring company for workplace hazards after a worker required hospitalization due to workplace injuries.




NIOSH: How to protect your workers from robotic coworkers

Early in the science fiction thriller Ex Machina, Nathan Bateman, the brilliant and unnerving CEO of a successful software company, says to his star programmer, “Over the next few days, you're going to be the human component in a Turing test.” Despite the ominous sound of Bateman’s statement, intensified by his underground laboratory’s location on a remote mountain, the Turing test is relatively simple.