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News Digest 8-16-2012

Tower Climbers Dying at 10 Times Rate of Construction Workers: Report
Subcontracted cell tower climbers are dying in large numbers in order to build better cell service for the public, a risky, high-pressure job that is necessary to expand America's cellular infrastructure. Cell tower climbers are dying at ten times the rate of construction workers, according to PBS Frontline. Digital Journal
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Four Times More Public Waste Workers Get Hurt, Sick Than Private
Four times as many publicly employed trash and recycling collectors miss work because of injuries and illnesses than their brethren in the private sector, according to statistics revealed at Wastecon on Tuesday. Workforce Management
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Mother Speaks Out on Son's Death on Oil Rig
In Texas, the mother of a 21-year-old man who was killed in a drilling accident just over two weeks ago is speaking out about a company she says does not care about safety. KOSA (Odessa, Texas)
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Fed-OSHA Cites New Hampshire Foundry for Willful Lead Hazards
A Franklin, N.H. foundry faces a total of $185,900 in proposed fines following an inspection by Fed-OSHA that was opened in January to verify abatement of hazards cited by the agency in 2009. EHS Today
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Publicity Leads to Fed-OSHA Bust at Ex-Dairy
The Star Press recently published a story with photographs documenting the deconstruction of two historic barns. The same day, Indiana OSHA inspectors showed up at the worksite with the newspaper in hand. As a result, a Muncie, Ind. deconstruction specialist, architectural salvager and custom furniture maker is facing $12,750 in fines. Star Press (Muncie)
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