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May 26, 2017
By Ana Ellington, Legal Editor
We know falls in the workplace are preventable and yet falls remain the leading cause of death in construction. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than 300,000 workers in the United States sustained nonfatal injuries from slips, trips, and falls in 2015. Fatalities caused by falls from heights in construction accounted for 350 of the 937 fatalities recorded in 2015.

May 26, 2017
Interest is up and the price is down. But how safe are 3D printers for your employees? New research published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene found that common filaments used in the printers can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) during the printing process.

May 25, 2017
The proposed federal budget for fiscal year 2018 is out, and President Trump is asking Congress to approve an overall cut of $2.4 billion for the Department of Labor (DOL), a reduction of 21 percent.
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May 23, 2017 (Final Rule) - In accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, this action temporarily delays, until June 5, 2017, the effective date of the final rule titled "Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators."

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