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Summer Jobs Can Put Teens at Risk for Workplace Injuries

The start of summer means summertime jobs for many teens across the U.S. In 2015, 19.1 million workers under 24 years old represented 13 percent of the workforce, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The …

Feds Issue Warning to Arizona on Reducing Workplace Injury Fines

Federal officials warned a commission overseeing Arizona’s workplace safety agency that its practice of lowering fines on companies for worker injuries and deaths violates the state’s laws and could jeopardize its ability to run its own safety program. The letter …

Workers’ Comp Programs Assist Workers in Addiction Fight

Meet a victim of the nation’s opioid addiction scourge: the American worker. A number of U.S. states are taking steps through their workers compensation systems to stem the overprescribing of the powerful painkillers to workers injured on the job, while …

Iowa House Passes Amended Workers’ Comp Overhaul

Republicans in the Iowa House passed a bill Thursday to overhaul how workers in the state are compensated for on-the-job injuries, though they backed off some key proposals amid internal concern over the extent of the changes. The GOP-majority chamber …

How Employer Finances Affect Workplace Safety

More than 3.5 million workplace injuries and illnesses occur each year in the United States, costing an estimated $250 billion annually. A new study from the University of Texas at Dallas examined how financing constraints impact workplace safety and the …

Liberty Mutual: Serious Workplace Injuries Cost U.S. Businesses $62B a Year

Workplace injuries and accidents that cause employees to miss six or more days of work cost U.S. employers nearly $62 billion in 2013, the most recent year for which statistically valid injury data is available from the U.S. Bureau of …

Research Finds That OSHA Citations, Penalties Reduce Workplace Injuries

A new study from the Institute for Work and Health concludes that citations with penalties from inspections reduce workplace injuries. Researchers performed a systematic review to determine the effectiveness of the enforcement of occupational safety and health regulation in creating …

Washington Reports Rise in Youth Work Injuries in 2014

More youth, age 17 and under, were injured at work in 2014 compared to the previous year. Falls were the leading cause of injuries in the food and retail industries. Still, youth work-related injuries are down significantly from the highs …

OSHA Issues New Safety Rule for Workers in Confined Spaces

Construction workers in confined spaces like manholes and tanks will come under a new federal rule intended to give them similar protections to workers in manufacturing and other industries. The rule is being issued by the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety …

Wyoming Looks to Improve Workplace Safety

It has been nearly 34 years since Jane Ifland’s brother, Roger, died in a workplace accident that she says should have been avoided. But even though more than three decades have passed, the Casper resident says she is still upset …