Ben McGrath has an excellent article on “the NFL and the concussion crisis” in the January 31st issue of the New Yorker. It’s well worth a read (though it might change the way you see the Superbowl), but the thing I want to highlight is the roles of Alan Schwarz and the New York Times in raising the public’s awareness of a problem that pervades football. Specifically, the problem is the effects of repeated brain trauma, which football players often experience during games and practice alike.
With some 280,000 jobs at stake in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, you’d think Senate lawmakers would be working together to get those jobs in the pipeline as soon as possible. With the support of most of his Republican colleagues, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants to use the bill to take away workplace safety and health rights for flight attendants—and, in effect, put passengers at risk as well.
With falls continuing to be the leading cause of death among construction workers, especially those involved in residential construction activities, OSHA has ramped up its compliance guidance.
The New York City Fire Department has determined that its new fire-retardant gloves have a critical flaw: they do not adequately protect firefighters from burns.
The belief in asbestos lives on in this mining town of 7,000 people, not just in the name — retained despite its association with cancer — but in the ambitions of the mineral’s long-time champion here, G. Bernard Coulombe. He is hoping to attract investors and revitalize the mine that gave rise to the town in 1879 and for more than a century has swallowed chunks of it into its ever-expanding pit.
A new killer-whale show that SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment will open this spring in its three U.S. marine parks will not include any in-water interaction between trainers and whales.
You’re low on food and your car can’t handle the icy road conditions, so why not save the hassle and have a pizza delivered to your home? Since Tuesday, many Wichita Falls, Texas, pizza retailers have struggled to balance employee safety and the skyrocketing demand for delivery, with many stores opting to temporarily cancel delivery services until road conditions change.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed penalties of $199,800 for North Central Power Co. following the August electrocution of a line worker in Winter, Wis.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration will not cite Sam Mazzola over the fatal bear mauling that took place at his Columbia Township compound last year. But even though Mazzola wasn’t cited, that didn’t mean the investigation didn’t raise concerns about the hazards inherent in dealing with bears.