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Colorado Workers with Bird Flu Toiled in Heat, Without Effective Protective Gear

Colorado workers who contracted bird flu were working during extreme heat and under large fans, factors that made wearing protective equipment difficult and potentially contributed to their infections, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday. The …

The Key Role of Workplace Safety Education in Small Business Insurance

It’s no surprise that a recent survey we conducted shows 25% of small businesses don’t feel secure in their understanding of workers’ compensation coverage and regulations. With many still feeling the talent shortage impact from the pandemic, they don’t often …

Work Safety Group Releases List of ‘Dirty Dozen’ Employers

A retail giant, a space launch operation, a major food processor, the nation’s two biggest rideshare providers and a large healthcare system are among those entities marked as being among the most unsafe employers. The National Council for Occupational Safety …

Phoenix Ordinance Adds Rules to Protect Workers from Extreme Heat

With hundreds of heat related deaths in and around Phoenix, Arizona last year, a new city ordinance has taken a “critical first step” to protect workers for city contractors from the dangers of extreme heat. That was the praise from …

Nevada Tops States Where Energy Workers Get Highest Compensation Pay-Outs

Nevada tops states in a new study of states in which current and former employees of the Department of Energy received the highest average payout in monetary compensation and paid medical bills after suffering illnesses as a result of being …

Startups Are Inventing Cooling Clothes for a Hotter Future

Every morning, thousands of construction workers in Qatar start their day by soaking their uniforms in water. The two-minute ritual kickstarts an important process: When the workers are toiling outside — often at summer temperatures above 120F (48C) — their …

Amazon Workers in New York City Win Partial Revival of COVID-19 Safety Lawsuit

Amazon.com Inc. must face a claim that it failed to protect New York City warehouse workers and their families from COVID-19, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday while dismissing the bulk of the workers’ 2020 lawsuit. The 2nd U.S. …

Washington Adds Emergency Rules for Outdoor Workers Exposed to Extreme Heat

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries filed an emergency rule to provide increased protection for employees exposed to extreme heat, including those working in agriculture, construction and other outdoor industries. The emergency Outdoor Heat Exposure rule filed on …

Pork Group Asks USDA to Support Faster Slaughterhouse Speeds

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A group representing pork producers urged the federal government Tuesday to let them continue an effort to speed up the processing of pigs into bacon and ham despite a union’s claim that the increased volume …

Judge Hands Amazon a Setback in New York Lawsuit Over COVID-19 Shortfalls

NEW YORK — A federal judge on Friday ruled against Amazon.com Inc as the company defends against New York Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit claiming it prioritized profit over worker safety during the COVID-19 pandemic at two New York City …