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What’s Next for Construction Safety and Health?

February 21, 2017 Staff 0

By Randy Palladino

Construction safety and health have come a long way in the past 40 years. Over the past dozen years, fatality rates have fallen for construction laborers in both general industry and construction, even as the overall number of workplace fatalities has increased. Injury rates in construction are now similar to those in retail work – an achievement that seemed out of reach 15 years ago. Despite this progress, more than 930 construction workers were killed on the job in 2015 and almost 80,000 suffered serious injuries. In the past, tying worker safety to public health concerns has been a successful strategy to improve conditions for workers. Asbestos didn’t become a national issue until it was seen as a threat to children in schools. Community demands for information about what chemicals were being used at nearby plants resulted in the passage of state Right-to-Know laws, which eventually led to OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard. In light of this, how can we move forward and keep making improvements? Here’s a look at what has worked and what could be done better.

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Bronfman/Raniere perjury? NXIVM 14-year-old federal lawsuit against Rick Ross dismissed

February 21, 2017 Staff 0
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Keith Raniere from a YouTube video.

A federal lawsuit filed by NXIVM (pronounced nexium) against cult tracker Rick A. Ross was dismissed last month by US District Judge Katharine S. Hayden after 14 years in federal court.

Keith Raniere, of Albany, NY, is the founder of NXIVM, a “human potential company” that offers personal growth seminars based on Raniere’s “Rational Inquiry” system.

In the lawsuit, Raniere claimed defamation, copyright and trade secret violations after Ross published reports by Dr. Paul Martin, a psychologist, and Dr. John Hochman, a psychiatrist, which characterized NXIVM as a cult that brainwashed seminar participants.

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