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‘I am not necessarily my clients’: Secretary of labor nominee Eugene Scalia testifies during confirm
 Washington — Eugene Scalia attempted to buck his reputation as a defender of solely corporate interests during his confirmation hearing for secretary of labor on Sept. 19.Appearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Scalia highlighted his work as...
USDA announces final rule to eliminate pork-processing line speeds
 Washington — A controversial U.S. Department of Agriculture final rule unveiled Sept. 17 removes maximum line speeds in pork-processing plants and transfers certain inspection responsibilities to plant workers.Under the rule, slated to take effect 60 days after publication in...
Older workers’ health: Finding the right job fit matters, researchers say
 Houston — For older workers, the right job fit can benefit overall health and well-being, while a poor fit is more likely to push them into retirement, according to researchers from Rice University and Colorado State University.The researchers studied 383 workers at least 51 years old,...
NIOSH study examines hearing loss in mining, oil and gas
 Washington — Nearly 1 out of 4 mining workers experience job-related hearing loss, and more than 1 out of 3 employees in one industry subgroup are affected, according to a recent NIOSH study.Researchers analyzed 1.9 million U.S. workers’ audiogram results from 2006 to 2015. Among these...
Vast majority of fire-related firefighter injuries linked to structure blazes: USFA
 Emmitsburg, MD — Of the estimated 26,000 fire-related firefighter injuries that occurred annually from 2015 to 2017, 87% were related to structure fires, according to data published in the July edition of the U.S. Fire Administration’s “Topical Fire Report...
Lancashire furniture manufacturer fined after worker injured by machinery
 A furniture manufacturer, A and L Furnishings Ltd, has been fined after an employee was injured whilst operating unguarded machinery.Preston Magistrates’ Court heard that on 19 March 2018, the employee had been using a horizontal drilling machine to make parts for a chair at the company...
Man sentenced after illegal gas work in Cornish home
 A self-employed builder has been found guilty and sentenced today after conducting gas work he was not registered or competent to do and leaving it in a dangerous condition.Plymouth Magistrates’ Court heard how in March 2018 Christopher Finley, sole director of Centreline Building...
Engineering company fined after wooden bearer causes fatal injury to employee
 An engineering company has been fined following the death of an employee who was struck on the head by a wooden bearer in the yard of a fabrication workshop.  Hamilton Sheriff Court heard how, on 7 September 2017, James Longair, 62 was helping a colleague who was operating a side...
Roofing contractor company fined after fatal ladder fall
 An Aberdeen based roofing contractor has been fined after an employee fell to his death from a ladder while exiting a scaffold at Jute Street in the city. Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that on 21 September 2016, Joseph Kane, an employee of Henderson and Aitken Limited fell from the top...
Company director fined after worker impaled on a spike
 Hafeez Ghafoor, formerly a director of the now-dissolved landscaping company R K United Ltd, has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker suffered life changing injuries.Leeds Crown Court heard that on 25 August 2016, an employee of R K United Ltd was using a lorry loader crane to...

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