Tools for drug testing: Oklahoma employers encouraged to update policies for new law
Employers should update their drug testing policies now to take full advantage of a beneficial state law taking effect Nov. 1. While employers face no deadline for changing their workplace drug testing policies, putting off this alignment prevents them from taking advantage of several improvements designed to help businesses improve workplace safety and better contain their unemployment and workers’ compensation costs, all by streamlining employee drug testing regulations.
Citing safety flaws, New York yanks licenses of 8 bus companies
In a crackdown prompted by a rash of fatal crashes this year, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has suspended the licenses of eight charter and tour bus companies for repeatedly violating safety rules. State officials said the bus companies have failed three or more surpise roadside inspections in the last six months, or failed their scheduled semi-annual inspections or received a federal “out-of-service” orders.
Caution: Your child’s first job may be hazardous to her health
An estimated 80 percent of teens are employed at some point during their high school years—but many of them are ill-equipped to deal with on-the-job hazards. Around 146,000 adolescents are injured in the workplace every year, according to federal data, with about 70 dying as a result. Even worse, a study in the current issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health argues that parents are unprepared to help their children stay safe.
Porn trade group to revive performer STD database
A San Fernando Valley-based porn trade group plans to revive a controversial database that tracks adult performers’ sexually transmitted disease test results. As of Friday, the new database, Adult Performer Health and Safety Services, will provide porn producers and agents with access to results from numerous testing facilities, according to Diane Duke, executive director of the Canoga Park-based Free Speech Coalition, which created the database. Duke estimates it will be at least two months before testing of performers is complete and the database is fully functional.
Inland Empire warehouse workers file complaint over alleged unsafe working conditions
Warehouse operations employ a lot of people in the Inland Empire, and now, some of them have filed a complaint with the state stating that they routinely work amid health and safety violations. They say employees at Inland warehouses often have to work with dangerous machinery in facilities with poor ventilation. When they report unsafe conditions, they say their bosses retaliate against them.
Group claims Storrs Center project is depriving CT workers of jobs
A group called Connecticut First Coalition has issued a press release accusing the developers of the Storrs Center project in Mansfield of giving away Connecticut jobs and violating OSHA workplace safety rules.
Death of corrections officer leads to citation, fine for DOC
The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries has cited and fined the Department of Corrections in connection with the death of corrections officer, Jayme Biendl. The total proposed penalty is $26,000, nearly the maximum amount allowed. The agency determined that workplace safety violations at the Monroe Correctional Complex resulted in several opportunities where prison staff could have noticed Biendl’s absence sooner.
OSHA cites AMF Bowling Centers facility in Dallas, Texas
AMF Bowling Centers Inc. was cited for three serious and three repeat violations following the death of a worker at the company’s 300 Dallas facility on Belt Line Road in Addison, according to The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA initiated an inspection after receiving a report that a worker was fatally injured after being caught in a pinsetter machine while clearing a jam.
Report offers new details about panda attack at SD Zoo
10News uncovered new details on Tuesday about how a giant panda was able to attack her keeper at the San Diego Zoo last March. According to the nine-page report from Cal/OSHA, the zoo’s panda exhibit has an elaborate underground setup. There are bedrooms for the three bears and a tunnel where keepers guide them through several secure doors up to the public exhibit. On March 13, at about 7:15 a.m., senior panda keeper Karen Barnes failed to check the underground doors before bringing Bai Yun up to the exhibit for the day, according to Cal/OSHA.
3 injured in COS industrial accident
Three iron workers were injured after several 500-pound metal beams collapsed and fell on the men Tuesday at Tulare’s under-construction College of the Sequoias campus.