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Shopping Cart Injuries in Children Remain Common

In 1990 to 2011, an average of 66 children a day sustained serious injuries in and near shopping carts, according to a new study published online in Clinical Pediatrics. Researchers studied children under the age of 15 and made estimates of injuries based on ER visits in 100 hospitals across the U.S. Most of the -->

Airport Worker Struck and Killed by Water Truck While on the Job

40-year-old Dario Sanchez had no problem cleaning airplane cabins at LaGuardia Airport. But more and more, his supervisors were ordering him to work as a guide person on the tarmac, helping to direct the trucks that pump water into the planes. It was dangerous work. Many of the vehicles, old and beat up, zig zagged -->

Cell Tower Worker Fatalities Continue to be Greater Than that of the Construction Industry

An investigation of the cell tower industry found that between 2003 and 2010 the average fatality rate was more than 10 times greater than that of the construction industry! This is a reminder that the industry is extremely dangerous and that the employers of the workers killed in these incidents may only be fined minimally. -->

12 Hidden Discounts on Car Insurance

You know that taking a defensive-driving course or installing anti-theft devices can give you a discount on your car insurance, but did you know that factors such as having a master’s degree or being married could also earn you a discount? We shopping around for your next auto insurance policy, ask your representatives which discounts -->

OSHA Proposes New Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries

The other week, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) heard testimony on improving the tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. These changes will directly benefits the workers in high-hazard industries. The proposed rule would require all workplaces with 250 or more employees to electronically send all of their injury and illness data to OSHA -->

U.S. Judge Rejects $760M NFL Concussion Settlement

A $750 million settlement between the NFL and thousands of former players, who say the league downplayed the risk of concussions during their employment with the NFL, was rejected on Tuesday by a judge who said it might not be enough to pay for all of the affected players. The previously proposed deal set aside -->

Flavored Coffee Beans & Microwave Popcorn Related to Deadly Lung Disease in Workers

A new report find s that cases of obliterative bronchiolitis in two workers are linked to a Texas coffee-processing company. Bronchiolitis obliterans is a rare and serious lung disease with no cure, except for a lung transplant. Both individuals worked at several jobs in the plant, including the “flavoring room.” This is not the first -->

15 Miners Died on the Job in the Past 3 Months but Washington is Cutting Inspections

During the last 3 months, 15 miners have died on the job. Most killed in electrical and powered haulage accidents; other fell from heights or drowned in a dredge. Although the number of miner deaths have been declining in recent years, OSHA failed to target high-risk industries like mining. OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program is designed -->

Workers at Greater Risk for Some Job-Related Cancers at Former IBM Plant in Endicott. NY

Some workers at a former IBM plant in Endicott, NY are at a higher risk of job-related cancers than the general population, according to a new study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The study determined that deaths from several types of cancer were more common in workers at the now-closed plant. -->

State Troopers Issue 110 Tickets in 3-Hour Period on I-84 in East Fishkill

State troopers issued 110 tickets, 79 of which were for speeding, in a 3-hour operation period on Sunday on I-84 in East Fishkill. Police say 31 tickets were issued for other violations including using a cellphone while driving, failure to wear a seat belt and failure to “move-over” for stopped emergency vehicles on the shoulder. -->