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Wal-Mart Cited in Holiday-Sale Trampling Death of Temp Worker

May 27, 2009
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OSHA reported the worker died of asphyxiation after being knocked to the ground and trampled by a crowd of about 2,000 shoppers who were surging into the store for its 2008 ‘Blitz Friday’ pre-holiday sale.
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Department of Labor Seeking More Funding for Workplace Safety Enforcement

May 21, 2009
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The first Department of Labor budget of the Obama administration places an emphasis on workplace safety enforcement and other worker protections.
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Experts Urge Calm During Swine Flu Outbreak, Say Firms Must Assess Workforce and Supply Risks

May 4, 2009
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Contingency plans need to be reviewed and updated. Issues such as supply chain security and workplace attendance policies should be addressed. Travel policies also demand attention.
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Training to Keep Food Safe

May 1, 2009
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The deadly salmonella outbreak linked to Peanut Corporation of America is the most recent example of the long-range impact that food-production safety processes can have on consumers. Food safety training for employees is obviously the place to start, but what’s also imperative is a culture in which all employees, from the production line to the executive suite, know the right things to do—and do them.
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Democrats Vow to Strengthen Penalties for Safety Violations

April 29, 2009
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Republicans at the House hearing said they wanted to improve workplace safety but that increasing penalties was the wrong answer because current regulations are complex and confusing.
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Court Fired Worker Must Prove Danger Met Standard

March 11, 2009
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The decision by a Connecticut federal district court involved a worker who claimed he was discharged for complaining about his employer’s alleged violation of public policy requiring employers to provide a reasonably safe workplace.
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Texas Bill Would End Parking-Lot Gun Bans

February 12, 2009
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The measure would also eliminate employers’ liability for damages in cases involving guns stored in their parking lots, except in instances of gross negligence.
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A Murder-Suicide Points Up the Devastation of Job Loss

January 30, 2009
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No one may ever know all the factors that led a fired X-ray technician to kill himself and his family, but the tragedy shows how fragile employees can be during a serious economic downturn, experts say.
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With Layoffs on the Rise, Retaliation Risks Grow

January 30, 2009
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Some experts expect violent incidents to rise during the next several months because the number of layoffs at companies nationwide is expected to increase. While there is no ironclad guarantee someone will not become violent after being laid off or fired, there are steps companies can take to significantly mitigate the risk.
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Mumbai Attacks, Piracy Heighten Need to Manage Deadly Risks

December 18, 2008
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A recent survey of 600 large multinational companies found that less than half track terrorism as part of their risk monitoring process.
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