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April 2014 Archives

Why is the 'Scaffold Law' important?

April signals the true birth of spring across both the Northeast and the Midwest. At this time of year, trees and flowers are beginning to bloom, birds have returned from their winter homes and people flood the streets, parks and worksites of the city in ways that are neither practical nor generally possible during the coldest months of the year.

Office workers, beware of back pain risk

We frequently write about the hazards that workers in high-risk industries face on a daily basis. Workers who report daily to work in industries like construction, logging, commercial fishing and commercial trucking understand that they face a higher than average risk of dying on the job and of suffering potentially debilitating injuries as a result of their work. However, workers in high-risk industries are not the only workers who should be concerned about sustaining injuries on the job.

Hearings held on the new silica exposure limits

Very few people would choose to accept a position at a workplace if they knew that in accepting that position, they would be routinely exposed to a toxic substance and placed at an elevated risk of developing a chronic and potentially fatal health condition. But when it comes to toxic exposure in the workplace, skilled workers in several construction and industrial trades are in fact routinely exposed to just such a scenario.

Employee whistleblowers are protected under federal law

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced the release of an interim final rule concerning whistleblowers. Specifically, the agency released an interim final rule that will help to protect workers who wish to avail themselves of whistleblower protections provided by the Consumer Financial Protection Act. The new interim final rule outlines timeframes and various procedures that workers must adhere to in order to receive protections under this act.

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