Employers should go above and beyond the regulatory minimum for workplace hearing protection, the American Tinnitus Association asserts as it recognizes Tinnitus Awareness Week (May 18-24).
“Workplace noise exposure is a growing national health issue that seriously jeopardizes the long-term well-being of workers and the overall productivity of businesses” said Cara James, executive director of the [...]
An employer refused to pay for an employee’s medical treatment after a post-accident drug screen detected two substances in his system. So why did a court recently rule that the employee should get workers’ comp benefits?
In April 2012, Shannon Bordelon received a severe injury to a finger while working for Key Energy Services in [...]
The Hawk’s Nest Tunnel Tragedy: The Forgotten Victims of America’s Worst Industrial Disaster No Comments
It’s been called America’s worst industrial disaster. The construction of a three-mile-long tunnel to carry the New River through Gauley Mountain in West Virginia cost as many as 2,000 workers their lives.
At least 764 of the 1,213 men who worked underground at Hawk’s Nest for at least two months died within five years of the [...]
Earlier this week, an explosion at a coal mine in West Virginia killed two, a somber reminder that for too many people, going to work still means risking death.
Workplace deaths have fallen dramatically since safety laws were implemented in the 1970s. But in the last few years, the decline has flatlined. Especially in high-fatality industries [...]
As strange as it sounds, sometimes employees intentionally injure themselves to try to get workers’ comp benefits. That was the allegation in this case from Arkansas.
Carolyn Kirshberger worked as a manager for Frost Oil Co. On May 29, 2012, she fractured her left leg in three places while at work.
An administrative law judge found [...]
Oil & Gas executives were quoted as saying that 80% of offshore accidents were caused by human error.
According to the article, Jim Raney, director of engineering and technology at Anadarko was addressing the Ocean Energy Safety Institute at the University of Houston when he said, “You can’t fix stupid…what’s the answer? A culture of safety. [...]
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Are you practicing “Nod & a Wink” Safety? May 13, 2014 No Comments
There are two extremes when it comes to safety practitioners: overly protective simpletons who see certain death lurking around every corner and those who practice “nod-and-a-wink” safety. The former are the much maligned safety cops who seem to have the singular goal of eliminating risk by eliminating work and putting the company out of business; [...]
Can smartphone apps, costing anywhere from $1 to $20, provide accurate occupational noise measurements? A new study provides the answer.
The answer is, “Yes,” but only four apps that were tested measure up.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) evaluated the apps at its acoustic testing lab. The tests also compared results for [...]