The year in occupational safety; a new series of articles on threats to workers; rating insect repellants as West Nile Virus continues to top the news; a fraud prevention and compliance blog; and a huge product recall for exploding toilets. It’s all in this week’s Safety News Summary.
The Pump Handle starts “a new Labor Day tradition: The Year in Occupational Health & Safety.” Liz Borkowski writes about what stood out for her in workplace safety in the last 12 months.
The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) has already published a number of investigative pieces on OSHA and workplace safety. In the coming months, CPI will publish, under the banner Hard Labor, stories exploring threats to workers, “and the corporate and regulatory factors that endanger them.”
The Dallas Morning News’ Scoop blog notes health officials are saying it’s the worst year ever for West Nile Virus in the U.S. With that in mind, The New York Times Bucks blog answers the question, Which bug repellent is best?
This week on Safety News Alert, we featured a story about a business owner who could go to prison for workers’ comp fraud. The source article for that post came from Nailed: A fraud prevention and compliance blog, written by Elizabeth Smith, Fraud Prevention and Compliance Manager at Washington state L&I. Elizabeth posts a few times each week, often about workers’ comp fraud cases.
And finally this week, it’s a manufacturer’s nightmare. A company had to recall up to 2.3 million units of a defective product that’s hurt more than a dozen people and exploded into a $5 million lawsuit. You can read more at Manufacturing Weekly about, “Exploding toilets land manufacturer in deep doo doo.”
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