Next time you are in a teaching hospital, consider this: The doctors-in-training who are attending to you may be so exhausted that they are a danger to you and others.
- Statement by US Department of Labor’s OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels on long work hours, fatigue and worker safety
“We are very concerned about medical residents working extremely long hours, and we know of evidence linking sleep deprivation with an increased risk of needle sticks, puncture wounds, lacerations, medical errors and motor vehicle accidents. We will review and consider the petition on this subject submitted by Public Citizen and others…”
An accident this week in Arkansas has boosted to 21 the number of people that have been killed so far this year in medical helicopter and plane crashes, renewing concerns about the safety of such operations.
For most people, Labor Day marks the end of summer or back to school and for many an election season. For Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Labor Day has always been what it was originally intended to be: A day to celebrate the contributions that working men and women have made to the strength and prosperity of the country.
Enbridge’s labor and safety practices are drawing scrutiny after a Michigan Messenger investigation found undocumented workers toiling nearly 100 hours per week in unsafe conditions at the oil spill cleanup site along the Kalamazoo River. A look at the company’s record reveals a pattern of problems with worker safety including multiple worker deaths in recent years.
Military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder are more likely to develop dementia than those who do not suffer from PTSD, according to a new study by researchers at a VA medical center in Texas.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, from 1998 to 2007, “taxi drivers’ homicide rates were between 21 and 33 times higher than the national average for all workers.”
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed $550,400 in penalties against a Pennsylvania brass foundry, citing it for willful failure to protect workers from lead exposure.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has proposed that Nuclear Fuel Services be fined $140,000 for lack of control of radioactive materials in an October 2009 event at the company’s Erwin, Tenn., facility.
The U.S. Postal Service faces roughly $8,000 in proposed fines after an Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation in June found several “serious” safety violations at the Henry Street postal facility, according to the OSHA report.