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Labor vigil calls for improved worker safety

About 70 laborers and their families gathered outside the State House Tuesday night to call for tougher workplace safety standards in Massachusetts, after a commercial diver drowned last week after being trapped inside a municipal water tank in Braintree. Speakers at the vigil, organized by the Massachusetts Coalition For Occupational Safety and Health, also demanded the passage of a bill…

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OSHA Fines USPS $178K After Inspectors Find Workers Exposed to Safety Hazards at Merrifield Distribution Center

Merrifield,VA.( – Employer name: U.S. Postal Service Processing and Distribution Center Inspection site: 8409 Lee Hwy, Merrifield, Virginia Citations issued: On Dec. 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations to the postal service for three repeat and two serious safety violations, including one issued as a violation of the OSH Act’s general duty…

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Labor Report Urges Study Of A Federal Role In State Workers’ Comp Laws

Today’s post comes from guest author Edgar Romano, from Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano. Howard Berkes and Michael Grabell have been shining a light on the deterioration of state workers’ compensation benefits over the last decade. A new U.S. Department of Labor report bolsters their investigative journalism, noting that those hurt on the job are at “great risk…

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4 injured N.J. vapers sue e-cigarette retailers for selling exploding devices

PLAINSBORO — Four New Jersey residents — including two teenagers — who suffered third-degree burns when their e-cigarette batteries ignited “like a rocket” are suing the shops that sold the “defective” devices, their attorneys announced Thursday. The manufacturers of the lithium ion batteries that power the vaping devices are also the targets of the litigation, although the attorneys acknowledged it…

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Essure Injury Lawsuits Moving Forward

St Louis, MOA Missouri federal judge at the beginning of December ruled against Bayer’s motion to dismiss its Essure lawsuit and ruled in favor of 32 women who allege serious and permanent injuries from the permanent birth control device. The Essure lawsuit has been remanded to St. Louis Circuit Court. Judge Henry E. Autrey of the US District for the…

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AAOS Board Approves Treatment Criteria for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Knee Osteoarthritis

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Directors has approved new Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for the management of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and the surgical management of osteoarthritis of the knee. The AUCs provide specific diagnostic criteria, complementing and building upon the clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) “Management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome” and “Surgical Management of Osteoarthritis of…

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