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Burns might seem like an ordinary hazard of the trade when you work in kitchens or restaurants. A recent survey of fast food workers conducted by the Hart Research Association found that 79% of respondents were burned at least once on the job in the past year and 58% were burned more than once in

Randall Miller, director of the now-scrapped film Midnight Rider, has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter over the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones. Jones was killed in February 2014 while the crew was trying to film a dream sequence on a train trestle when a train came down the tracks unexpectedly. Miller also pleaded guilty

Nina Pham, the 26-year-old nurse who contracted the Ebola virus while treating an infected patient, is suing her employer, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. She claims she contracted the virus because her employer was negligent by failing to provide adequate training or protection for working with such a highly contagious patient. She also says her employer

On February 18th, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have issued a hazard alert regarding exposure to silica during the manufacture and installation of stone countertops. They have identified exposure to crystalline silica as a hazard people who work in manufacturing, finishing, and installing

In September of 2014, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) announced changes to their rules about recordkeeping and reporting work-related injuries and fatalities. The new rules went into effect on January 1, 2015. Under OSHA’s new rules, employers are required to report all work related fatalities, in-patient hospitalizations of one or more people, amputations,

Filmmakers working on the film “Midnight Rider” are attempting to appeal penalties issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) in relation to an accident that killed one person and injured eight other workers. “Midnight Rider” was to be a movie about the life of musician Gregg Allman starring William Hurt as Allman. The

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined Ashley Furniture, one of the world’s largest furniture manufacturers, $1.7 million dollars for dozens of workplace safety violations at their manufacturing facility in Arcadia, Wisconsin. OSHA began investigating Ashley Furniture’s Arcadia location in the summer of 2014 after a worker lost three fingers while operating a

Although there are laws meant to encourage workers to report unsafe and dangerous conditions in the workplace or to speak out about illegal practices their employer engages in, many workers are still hesitant to do so because they’re afraid of losing their job or otherwise being punished for speaking out. The same laws that give

When you’re working in construction, there’s a certain amount of risk that comes along with it. With all the powerful tools, heavy equipment, electrical wires, and work that involves being high off the ground, its easy to see how much potential there is for construction site accidents to happen. There’s so much that can go

Reporting Unsafe Working Conditions

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 by

Whether you work in an office or a construction site, every workplace comes with its own set of hazards. But even if you’re working in areas that have a reputation for being dangerous like construction sites and factories, there is no excuse for your workplace being needlessly dangerous. Employers are required to provide workers with