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New York Lawmakers Approve Tougher Regulation of Nail Salons

New York lawmakers on June 19 approved tougher regulation of nail salons, intended to help protect some 40,000 workers — many of them female immigrants — from getting shorted on pay and otherwise mistreated. The Assembly’s unanimous vote, following Senate …

Violations by Companies And Navy Led to Hawaii Worker Deaths, Says OSHA

A federal agency says workplace safety violations led to the deaths of two workers at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii last December. Hawaii News Now reported that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fines for two companies for the …

Report Suggests Decrease in Occupational Injuries, Illnesses in N.H.

New Hampshire health officials have released a report suggesting there’s a decrease in occupational injury and illness rates in the state over the years. The report finds that from 2000 to 2012, there were 160 work-related fatalities in New Hampshire. …

Montana State Fund Lowers Rates for Upcoming Policy Year

Montana State Fund’s board of directors announced an average overall 5 percent decrease in workers’ compensation rates for 2016. The decrease is for any policy with an effective date in policy year 2016, which is July 1, 2015 to July …

Report: 50 Massachusetts Workers Died on the Job in 2014

Fifty workers died from injuries on the job in Massachusetts last year. That’s according to a report released Tuesday by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupation Safety and Health. Transportation workers — including taxi, bus and truck …

Connecticut Labor, Advocates to Honor Workers Who Died on the Job

Organized labor is marking Workers Memorial Day by calling on the Connecticut legislature to pass bills intended to improve employee safety. One measure would require the state’s Department of Administrative Services to report complaints of bullying or abusive conduct among …

Holding Multiple Jobs Increases Risk of Injury: Liberty Mutual

Researchers with the Liberty Mutual Research Institute’s Center for Injury Epidemiology have concluded that individuals who work multiple jobs — approximately 14 million U.S. residents – have a greater likelihood of injury than those holding a single job. According to …

Safety Probe Underway of Montana Plant Fire That Burned 3

Wyoming workplace safety officials say they’re investigating a fire that burned three men at a chemical plant that manufactures explosives near Cheyenne. The fire happened Thursday morning at the Dyno Nobel plant a couple miles west of town. Wyoming Department …

Fatal Work Injuries in N.Y. Metro Area Declined in 2013: BLS

Work-related fatal injuries in the New York metropolitan area (the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. Metropolitan Statistical Area) totaled 152 in 2013, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The 2013 figure was down …

Maine Business Faces $100K Federal Fines for Alleged Safety Violations

An Auburn, Maine, company that makes automotive fabric products is facing more than $100,000 in federal fines for allegedly putting its employees in harm’s way. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Tuesday cited Formed Fiber Technologies Inc. for seven …