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Avoiding unsafe workplaces can be a tough task when you’ve been unemployed for months.  When you’re so anxious to get back to work and feel useful again you might overlook the fact that the place who just hired you may have an unsafe work environment.  You have to provide for your family, so you may

Almost exactly two years after four flight attendants became ill while working on a flight traveling from Boston to San Diego, the flight attendants have filed a lawsuit against Boeing, saying a design defect in their aircraft exposed them to toxic fumes, resulting in long-term health problems. The way most Boeing aircraft are designed, cabins

All employers, regardless of industry, are required to provide a workplace for their employees that is free of excessive danger. Although some industries come with some inherent hazards, such as construction, there’s no excuse for workplaces to be needlessly dangerous. If you believe your workplace is unsafe and something poses an imminent danger, you do

As we head into summer, many industries, such as agriculture, landscaping, and construction, are entering their peak work season. People who work in these industries are starting to spend long days working outside, doing very physically demanding work in increasingly hot temperatures. During the summer months, it’s essential for anyone who spends a great deal

All workers have a right to perform the duties of their jobs in a safe environment. Nobody should ever have to go to work and be afraid of being seriously injured or killed on the job. Even in industries that are typically seen as being very risky, such as construction or maritime, there’s no excuse

The New York Times recently ran a series of articles investigating the labor practices and working conditions of nail salons located in New York City and the northeastern part of the country. Although their investigation only looked at salons in a specific area, the findings of the articles were shocking enough to cause a national

Construction workers often find themselves working in situations that could very easily become dangerous. They often work with heavy equipment, at elevated heights, and in tight, confined spaces. Confined spaces like manholes, silos, tunnels and crawlspaces are particularly hazardous because not only is there limited room for workers to make an emergency escape, they are

In the wake of a 2014 accident that left nine employees injured, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has agreed to a settlement that includes paying a $7,000 fine and improving safety procedures to keep their employees safe on the job. On May 4, 2014, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was

41-year-old Heather Warren was killed in a truck accident while she was working at the U.S. Steel Great Lakes Works Cold Mill Shipping plant in Ecorse, Michigan. Warren had been working for the company for three years as a shift supervisor, handling office work and shipping. On the day she was killed, Heather Warren was

All jobs come along with their own sets of workplace hazards, but for many healthcare workers and social workers, their biggest concern isn’t slip-and-fall accidents or equipment safety, but the rather the risk of being assaulted by the people they’re trying to help or the people close to them. Since workers in these fields often

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