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November 2012 Archives

No safety net in the dangerous commercial fishing industry: part two

Last week we talked about the high fatality rate in the commercial fishing industry and how the industry has traditionally resisted legislative efforts to intervene with safety standards. Traditionally, commercial fishing safety has received a dearth of attention on the federal level.

Keep toy safety in mind this holiday season

This week millions of Americans will hit their local malls and shopping centers to start their Christmas shopping and hunt for great holiday deals. As you consider gift-giving for the children in your life, it is the perfect time to think about toy safety and how to make wise purchasing choices to keep your family happy and healthy this holiday season.

No safety net in the dangerous commercial fishing industry: part one

Commercial fishing is one of the deadliest industries in the United States, ranked as the most dangerous occupation by the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2007 to 2010. From 2000 to 2010 the industry's fatality rate was 31 times higher than the national workplace average, with 116 work-related deaths in the Gulf of Mexico alone.

Ride accident at Louisiana State Fair highlights machinery dangers

A woman was hurled from a ride at the Louisiana State Fair in Shreveport this year. She was taken to the hospital after being thrown but, fortunately, her injuries are not life-threatening.

Oil industry group tries to block dispersant lawsuit against EPA

Earlier this year, the environmental law group Earthjustice filed a lawsuit to compel the Environmental Protection Agency to force the agency to issue a rule on chemical oil dispersants. The agency's current rules do not fulfill requirements set by the Clean Water Act and failed to ensure that ensure that dispersants were used safely during the 2010 Gulf oil disaster.

Louisiana making great strides in workplace safety, says OSHA

Louisiana scored a major victory for workplace safety recently in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's 2011 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. The state's rate of private industry work-related injuries and illnesses was the best since OSHA revised its record-keeping rules in2002.

Consumers reach out via social media regarding auto defects

Consumers rely on the Internet more than ever for information about product safety, reliability and how to react to defective products. But a new study shows that they can also be providers of valuable information for manufacturers, especially when it comes to motor vehicles.

Court clarifies "course of employment" for Jones Act claims: part two

Last week we introduced a case that was recently heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which includes Louisiana. A driller on a drilling rig accidentally shot and killed a fellow employee, a crane operator, while the former was scheduled for duty. The victim's widow sued the company for wrongful death under the Jones Act and a federal court in Louisiana ruled in her favor.

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