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Safety Violations Found After Attacks at Iowa Psych Hospital

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Regulators have recommended a nearly $73,000 fine against the Iowa Department of Human Services after finding serious workplace safety violations at a state-run psychiatric hospital where several employees have been assaulted by combative patients. Staffers at …

Warehouses Are Tracking Workers’ Every Muscle Movement

Every morning when he goes to work in the freezer room of a warehouse in eastern Pennsylvania, Jack Westley throws on a hooded sweatshirt to keep warm and grabs a radio to talk to his coworkers. He was recently given …

Fatal Lion Attack Nets 3 ‘Serious’ Violations for Center

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina labor officials have cited an animal sanctuary for safety violations after a lion fatally mauled a 22-year old intern last December. The state Occupational Safety and Health Division issued a citation Thursday for three “serious” …

Commission Ruling Adds to Pressure for National Workplace Violence Prevention Standard

A federal commission decision that an employer had a duty to protect a social services worker who was stabbed to death by a client, even though the company did not violate any specific safety standard, reinvigorated advocates who are calling …

Huge Tesla Job Cut Seen as Way to Control Work Safety Concerns

Language in a confidential severance agreement Tesla Inc. is using as part of the biggest job cut in its history is likely to deter dismissed employees from going public with worker safety concerns, according to employment-law experts. A proposed severance …

OSHA Forms Alliance to Prevent Trench Deaths in North Dakota

Some business groups in North Dakota are working with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to increase awareness of trenching hazards and collaborate on training programs. The alliance members signed a two-year agreement Thursday at the North Dakota Safety …

Nearly a Third of Workers’ Comp Claim Payments Due to Construction Falls

Over the past five years, Nationwide processed more than 10,000 workers’ compensation claims due to a multitude of accidents from construction-related businesses. One of the most common — and costly — causes of claims occur when construction workers fall from …

Exoskeletons Should be Used With Caution During Heavy Lifting

You can wear an exoskeleton, but it won’t turn you into a superhero. That’s the finding of a study in which researchers tested a commercially available exoskeleton—a mechanical arm attached to a harness—that’s typically worn by workers to help them …

Robots Used in Japan to Beat Construction Labor Shortage

Robots that can weld, lift and bolt are being developed to help bridge labor shortages at Japanese construction sites, though their use will be limited to night shifts when no human workers will be nearby due to safety and regulatory …

Sanitation Worker Safety Group Pushes Penalty Bills

Kenny Lawson loved being a garbage collector. The Germantown, Ohio, resident enjoyed working outdoors alongside his family, throwing his “solid as a horse” frame into physical labor that made people’s lives better. One customer left a cooler near the curb …