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Tree service company sentenced after employee suffers finger amputation
 Josh Noon Tree Services has been sentenced today after a worker suffered serious hand injuries when his hand was caught in a log splitting machine.Exeter Magistrates’ Court heard that on 29 December 2017, 33-year-old tree surgeon Darren Gillespie was working with another employee on the...
People concerned about burnout among health care professionals, survey shows
 Bethesda, MD — About three-quarters of U.S. adults say burnout among health care professionals is a concern and fear that it compromises their own safety and the level of care they receive, according to the results of a recent Harris Poll survey commissioned by the American Society of...
Annual wind energy safety campaign focuses on hands
 Washington — The American Wind Energy Association will offer several free resources in October as part of its annual monthlong safety awareness campaign aimed at helping protect renewable energy workers from on-the-job injuries.The theme of the 2019 campaign, Take a Hand in...
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 loader...
New posters highlight 11 best practices for lowering firefighter cancer risk
 Greenbelt, MD — Following up on their release of a report detailing 11 best practices for minimizing cancer risk among firefighters, the National Volunteer Fire Council and the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Volunteer and Combination Officers Section have unveiled new...
Sanitation worker deaths down slightly, but still high: analysis
 Silver Spring, MD — At least 30 sanitation workers died from on-the-job injuries in the first seven months of this year – a 9.1% decrease from the same period last year, according to a recent Solid Waste Association of North America analysis.SWANA examined fatality data from...
‘It’s a serious problem’: Cost of dropped objects include fatalities, injuries
 San Diego — Dropped objects on a worksite create a multitude of costs.In 2016, dropped objects resulted in 255 worker fatalities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The issue is one of OSHA’s “Fatal Four” causes of construction deaths, accounting for 9.4% of fatal injuries...
Construction workers account for large share of recent drug overdose deaths in Rhode Island, prelimi
 Providence, RI — Construction and extraction workers comprised nearly 20% of all drug overdose deaths in Rhode Island over a recent two-year period, with the majority attributed to fentanyl, according to preliminary data released in August by the state’s Department of...
FRA again delays rule on passenger railroad safety programs
 Washington — The Federal Railroad Administration has extended until March 4 its stay on publishing a final rule requiring commuter and intercity passenger railroads to develop and implement system safety programs.According to a notice published in the Aug. 30 Federal...
Safety, rights and environmental standards at risk in ‘enforcement gap’, says report
 Unchecked.uk, a new campaign backed by 20 non-governmental organisations including the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and RoSPA, is warning that “huge declines” in funding and staffing at regulatory agencies are creating a dangerous “enforcement gap”.The...

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