occupational health and safety News

Study Links Obesity to Higher Workers’ Compensation Costs

Obese and overweight workers are more likely to incur high costs related to workers’ compensation claims for major injuries, reports a study in the September Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and …

Work Comp Bureau Funding Workplace Safety Research at Ohio Universities

The state Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has awarded two Ohio universities with money to research occupational health and safety. The grants support research in how injuries can prevented in the workplace and ways to improve the health and productivity Ohio’s …

Midlife Back Pain Traced to Heavy Physical Work Habits in Youth

Young adults with jobs that involve heavy lifting and forceful movements might be at higher risk for back pain later in life, a study from Finland suggests. “When you’re young, you do things your own way, you muscle your way …

All Risks Adds New Classes for Occupational Accident Product

All Risks, Ltd., an independent wholesaler, has added a variety of new classes for its occupational accident product, which is part of the Accident & Health division.  Classes that All Risks can offer occupational accident coverage now includes behavioral healthcare, …

University of Kentucky to Study Workplace Safety in Appalachia

A center at the University of Kentucky is receiving a five-year, $5 million grant to improve occupational health and safety in central Appalachia and Kentucky. UK said the region reports higher rates of occupational injuries and fatalities than the rest …

Military Contractor KBR Seeks Immunity from Soldiers’ Toxic Exposure Claims

KBR Inc. is invoking federal laws shielding contractors during wartime in an effort to avoid a Texas trial over injuries claimed by troops who were exposed to toxic chemicals while guarding a work site in Iraq. KBR argued this week …

Texas Cabinet Manufacturer Fined $267K for Severe Work Hazards

Federal officials have cited a San Antonio, Texas-based cabinet manufacturer with 29 safety and health violations and a proposed penalty of $267,434. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Cardell Cabinetry LLC for failing to …

West Virginia Employers Seek Solutions for Drugs in Workplace

They might have red eyes and constricted pupils. They might be nodding off at their desk, if they show up at all. They might not be as certain as they should with a heavy piece of machinery, or maybe have …

OSHA Hit for Taking Too Long to Adopt Workplace Safety Rules

The nation’s premier worker safety agency takes nearly eight years on average to adopt new safety regulations, government auditors said in a report. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration takes far too long compared to other agencies, safety experts said …

Air Force Building in Georgia Clears the Air for Workplace Safety

A year ago, Building 169 at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia was the epicenter of the base’s troubles with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. An inspection of the building by OSHA investigators found dust in the building with …