A fascinating look at U.S. jobs, drone detection efforts and robots in the Chinese workforce were among the top stories featured on ISHN.com this week.

Occupational Requirements in the U.S. – 2016

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) drilled down into the details of how American workers work to produce its first-ever Occupational Requirements Survey, the results of which were released recently.

New data from BLS sheds different light on U.S. jobs

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has found a new way to look at jobs in the U.S.: through their physical demands, environmental conditions, education and training – even their mental requirements. The result: the first-ever Occupational Requirements Survey.

EPA: Fracking can affect drinking water

Hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources in the U.S. under some circumstances, according to a scientific report just released by the E.P.A. Conditions under which that impact can be more frequent or severe were identified in the report:

Poultry processor fined after worker loses finger

An OSHA inspection conducted after Mountainaire Farms Inc. of Selbyville, Delaware reported that an employee had suffered a finger amputation while operating a packaging machine ended with five citations and two hazard alerts issued to the company.

FAA evaluates drone detection systems around Denver

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that enter the protected airspace around airports can pose serious threats to safety. The FAA is coordinating with our government and industry partners to evaluate technologies that can be used safely to detect drones near airports.

Two workers killed in welding accidents

OSHA is investigating a fatal fire at a South Dakota ethanol plant that killed one worker and injured another at a biorefining plant. The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined, but OSHA says the worker who died was welding inside a tank at the time.

Robots make up for China’s labor shortage

More and more Chinese factories are using robots to make up for the shortage of labor in the country. "There are more companies recruiting than people applying for jobs," said Liu Jihong, vice general manager of a Zhejiang-based company that produces seats for engineering machinery as well as for commercial and passenger vehicles.

Radiation detectors protect public health

“Dirty bomb” alerts raised by personal & passive devices

By Maureen Paraventi

First responders, Homeland Security officers and others whose jobs involve safeguarding the public are increasingly arming themselves with radiation detection devices that can help them deal with hazardous materials events or acts of terrorism.

OSHA cites, fines Crystal Finishing Systems following fatality investigation

Worker dies after being caught between crane hook, load bars

A federal investigation prompted by the death of a 51-year-old chemical technician at a coatings company's facility in Mosinee has resulted in multiple safety violations. OSHA issued three repeated, four serious and three other than serious safety citations on Dec. 7, 2016, to the Schofield-based, Crystal Finishing Systems' following the agency's investigation into the June 14, 2016, death.

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Hear and Now Noise Safety Challenge Winners: Part 1 of 3

Every year 22 million workers are at risk of losing their hearing from workplace noise hazards. Work-related hearing loss is a widespread problem, but it is a problem that can be solved. On August 1, 2016, NIOSH, OSHA, and MSHA issued a challenge to inventors and entrepreneurs with the dual goals of inspiring creative ideas and raising business awareness of the market for workplace safety innovation.

NYC construction worker falls two stories to his death

A construction worker who died Friday morning after falling two stories from a scaffold was New York City’s 11th construction fatality this year.

After worker's heat stress death, family takes action

The family of a construction worker who died on the job last year was honored recently for becoming workplace safety activists in the wake of his death. At the National Conference on Worker Safety and Health (#COSHCON16) just outside Baltimore, Maryland, The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) recognized the sister and father of Roendy Granillo, who died from heat exhaustion during a heat wave in Dallas in July, 2015.