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Retailer Reaches Settlement on Health and Safety

15 Aug 2013
Written by World Watch

The United States (US) Department of Labor (DoL) has made available a Stipulated Settlement (7 August 2013) entered into by Wal-Mart Stores Inc (Wal-Mart) to "improve safety and health conditions in ... 2,857 [Wal-Mart-operated] stores under [US] federal jurisdiction".

Several businesses in the United States (US) are partnering with migrant advocates to offer workplace citizenship assistance to US legal immigrants seeking US naturalisation.

Korean Chinese Workers Identified as At-risk

08 Aug 2013
Written by World Watch

A series of industrial accidents involving ethnic Koreans with Chinese citizenship, the most recent of which resulted in two workers being crushed to death by a steel structure and heavy equipment at a major bridge in the Republic of Korea, has highlighted shortcomings in working visitor visa issuances and related worker safety regulation.

The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that matchmaking company It's Just Lunch USA (IJL) has agreed to pay US$900,000 to settle charges that it:

Firm Fined After Worker Suffers Permanent Injury

01 Aug 2013
Written by World Watch

The United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that an incident in which a foundry worker was pinned against a storage bin by 964 kilograms of falling machinery that had a temperature of between 100°C and 250°C has resulted in a company being fined £120,000 and ordered to pay costs of £55,000.

The United States (US) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that an Idaho-based cheese manufacturer will pay US$91,352 to settle breaches of chemical accident prevention regulations under the Clean Air Act.

The United States Equal Equality Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that it has reached a five-year conciliation agreement with J.B. Hunt Transport Inc (J.B. Hunt), following charges of race discrimination filed against the company by the EEOC. According to the EEOC, the agency also reviewed J.B. Hunt's policy regarding the hiring of job applicants with criminal conviction records and found that it was inconsistent with EEOC's policy guidance on the matter. J.B. Hunt has agreed to review its hiring policies and to provide further training to its employees to ensure the company's practices comply with EEOC's guidance.

The United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that Ashbury Chocolates Ltd (Ashbury) has been fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,485 for breaching The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

The United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that Greater Glasgow Health Board (the Board) has been fined £6,000 after pleading guilty to breaching The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006, with HSE inspector Eve Macready commenting that the Board's failure had potentially exposed "a number of employees and external contractors" to harmful asbestos fibres.

Are Near Misses Important to You?

25 Jun 2013
Written by Neil Eddy

I was at a conference recently and was surprised to hear that while many organizations encourage their employees to record Near Misses in the course of their duties, some organizations then failed to perform any formal investigation and an appropriate root cause analysis for these events because of other priorities.

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