Business cost of obesity-related absences: $8.65B per year November 24, 2014 No Comments
A new study calculates the financial hit U.S. businesses take each year because of absenteeism related to obesity. The study also shows how these costs vary from state to state.
The research from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine shows that obese workers miss from 1.1 to 1.7 days more per year compared [...]
As the holiday season approaches, many companies are planning and throwing parties for their employees without considering and taking steps to minimize the potential liability that can result. While holiday parties can be a great morale booster, they can be filled with potential problems, especially when alcohol is served. Indeed, alcohol plus a party atmosphere [...]
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CEO Arrested in Worker’s Death November 18, 2014 No Comments
Authorities in California have arrested a business owner in connection with the death of a worker in a trench in January 2012.
Richard Liu was arrested on a $1 million warrant at the San Francisco airport after flying in from China.
Liu is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Raul Zapata Mercado.
Mercado, a carpenter, [...]
Researchers say the federal government may be seriously undercounting the number of occupational injuries that occur each year.
Michigan State University’s Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine reports that in 2012, there were actually 86% more work-related skull fractures in Michigan than reported by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
BLS said in 2012, there were [...]
In a recent court case, a company argued that the law only required it to supply safety devices, not be the “watchdog of careless employees” and make sure they actually use them. Did the court buy that reasoning?
While the provide-versus-use argument involving safety equipment has been argued previously by various courts, it usually involves [...]
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$500 Million Lawsuit Claims Surgical Gowns Don’t Protect Against Ebola November 10, 2014 No Comments
A manufacturer of surgical gowns faces a lawsuit that claims the company knew its product failed impermeability tests for blood and microbes. The lawsuit seeks class action status and more than $500 million in damages.
Law firm Eagan Avenatti filed the lawsuit in a Los Angeles court against Kimberly-Clark Corp.
The suit alleges the company knew [...]
Fact: The last time the U.S. had a Republican Congress and Democratic President (1999-2000), OSHA’s budget actually went up. How did that happen? And, could it happen again?
Here is OSHA’s budget trajectory from 1998 to 2001:
1998: $370 million
1999: $384 million
2000: $408 million
2001: $455 million.
From 1998 to 2001, that’s a 23% increase.
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