What Constitutes “National Security?”

What constitutes “national security?”  It’s not meant to be a trick question, but it is one that perhaps needs to be rethought for our modern world.  This has become all the more apparent as the White House and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy work on a possible deal to avert a United States debt default. We … Continue reading What Constitutes “National Security?”

June 20, 2022 Fatality – Final Report | Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

June 20, 2022 Fatality - Final Report Accident Report: Fatality Reference June 20, 2022 Fatality PDF VERSION JUNE 20, 2022 - FINAL REPORT.PDF (1.08 MB) FAI-6915008-1 UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION REPORT OF INVESTIGATION Surface (Crushed, Broken Granite) Fatal Slip or Fall of Person Accident June 20, 2022 Explosive Contractors … Continue reading June 20, 2022 Fatality – Final Report | Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Issues Final Report into 2021 Fatal Acid Release at LyondellBassell La Port Complex in La Porte, Texas

CSB Releases Final Report into 2021 Fatal Acid Release at LyondellBasell La Porte Complex in La Porte, Texas Washington D.C., May 25, 2023 - Today, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released its final report into the July 27, 2021, fatal acetic acid release at the LyondellBasell La Porte Complex in La … Continue reading U.S. Chemical Safety Board Issues Final Report into 2021 Fatal Acid Release at LyondellBassell La Port Complex in La Porte, Texas

Tennessee Lawmakers Approve PTSD Workers’ Comp Presumption for Firefighters

The Tennessee General Assembly has approved a workers’ compensation presumption that post-traumatic stress disorder is work-related for firefighters, joining several other states that have adopted mental health presumptions in recent years. Senate Bill 856, sponsored by state Rep. Johnny Garrett, R-Goodlettsville, was named after Dustin Samples, an east Tennessee firefighter who took his own life … Continue reading Tennessee Lawmakers Approve PTSD Workers’ Comp Presumption for Firefighters

Accountant Charged With $10 Million in Construction Workers’ Compensation Fraud

According to court documents and statements in court, Lyon engaged in a scheme with Anaar Construction & Contracting Corp. and its owner Sadaf Bhatti, Anaar, a Fresh Meadows-based masonry subcontractor specializing in building façade repairs and waterproofing, and Bhatti utilized Lyon to complete the firm’s premium audits. Though the company had a privately retained tax … Continue reading Accountant Charged With $10 Million in Construction Workers’ Compensation Fraud

34% of Workplace Injuries Occur in First Year on the Job: Travelers

More than a third of workplace injuries occur during employees’ first year on the job, regardless of age or industry experience, according to a new report from Travelers. In fact, an employee’s time spent in a particular role is one of the driving factors in injury frequency, according to Travelers 2023 Injury Impact Report, which … Continue reading 34% of Workplace Injuries Occur in First Year on the Job: Travelers

Contractor Says it has Settled Lawsuit with Sick and Dying Coal Ash Workers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Attorneys for a group of workers who believe their jobs cleaning up a massive coal ash spill in Tennessee led to a slew of illnesses, including fatal cancers, have reached a settlement with the contractor who organized the cleanup for the Tennessee Valley Authority, according to a notice posted on the … Continue reading Contractor Says it has Settled Lawsuit with Sick and Dying Coal Ash Workers

Reasonable Accommodations under the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA”) was signed by President Biden on December 29, 2022, and takes effect on June 27, 2023. The PWFA requires …Reasonable Accommodations under the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

May 2, 2023 Fatality – Fatality Alert | Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

May 2, 2023 Fatality - Fatality Alert Accident Report: Fatality Reference May 2, 2023 Fatality PDF VERSION 5-2-2023 FATALITY ALERT.PDF (302.77 KB) MINE FATALITY – On May 2, 2023, a miner died when he was struck by a mobile radial stacker conveyor. Best Practices Provide safe access to all working places by identifying hazards around belt … Continue reading May 2, 2023 Fatality – Fatality Alert | Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

You Can Probably Beat ChatGPT at These Math Brainteasers. Here’s Why – Scientific American

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives. — Read on http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/you-can-probably-beat-chatgpt-at-these-math-brainteasers-heres-why/

It Could Cost $21 Billion to Clean Up California’s Oil Sites, Study Finds — ProPublica

“This major issue has sneaked up on us,” said Dwayne Purvis, a Texas-based petroleum reservoir engineer who analyzed profits and cleanup costs for the report. “Policymakers haven’t recognized it. Industry hasn’t recognized it, or, if they have, they haven’t talked about it and acted on it.” The analysis, which was commissioned by Carbon Tracker Initiative, … Continue reading It Could Cost $21 Billion to Clean Up California’s Oil Sites, Study Finds — ProPublica

OSHA Plans to Reform “Star” Workplace Safety Program — ProPublica

The federal government is planning to reform a workplace safety program that was scrutinized in a recent ProPublica investigation. The Star Program recognizes workplaces with strong safety programs and rewards them by curtailing the number of times government regulators show up randomly. It is based on the theory that motivating companies to adhere to best … Continue reading OSHA Plans to Reform “Star” Workplace Safety Program — ProPublica