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http://www.publicintegrity.org/2014/09/18/15548/bill-aims-stop-coal-companies-denying-benefits-miners-black-lung?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=watchdog&utm_medium=publici-email&goal=0_ffd1d0160d-722f67d16d-100026977&mc_cid=722f67d16d&mc_eid=9a086e6f56Bill aims to stop coal companies from denying benefits to miners with black lung
By Chris Hambyemail 8:16 am, September 18, 2014 Updated: 3:00 pm, September 18, 2014 

Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety Chairman Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pa., shows an old picture of coal miners during a hearing in July of 2014. AP
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Breathless and Burdened

Dying from black lung, buried by law and medicine.
Stories in this series

Labor Department unveils rule to protect coal miners following Center investigation
By Chris Hamby May 27, 2014 

Coal industry’s go-to law firm withheld evidence of black lung, at expense of sick miners
By Chris Hamby October 29, 2013 

Johns Hopkins medical unit rarely finds black lung, helping coal industry defeat miners’ claims
By Chris Hamby, Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk October 30, 2013 

As experts recognize new form of black lung, coal industry follows familiar pattern of denial
By Chris Hamby November 1, 2013 

Bill aims to stop coal companies from denying benefits to miners with black lung
By Chris Hamby September 18, 2014 

Black lung disease surges to highs not seen since the ’70s, research shows
By Chris Hamby September 15, 2014 

Black lung claims by 1,100 coal miners may have been wrongly denied
By Chris Hamby July 22, 2014 

Labor Department issues warning about Hopkins doctor’s findings on black lung claims
By The Center for Public Integrity June 4, 2014 

U.S. announces sweeping reforms to protect coal miners from black lung disease
By Chris Hamby April 23, 2014 
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Update, Sept. 18, 2014, 3:00 p.m.: This story has been updated to include additional details about the proposed legislation and comments from Sen. Casey; the bill was not introduced today as planned.

Two coal-state senators plan to introduce sweeping legislation to reform the federal program meant to provide benefits to miners suffering from black lung disease.

For almost four decades, federal law has required coal companies to compensate miners who contract the debilitating and often deadly disease caused by breathing in coal dust. But companies have deployed strategies to avoid paying miners: Doctors working for coal companies have systematically misdiagnosed miners with black lung as having other diseases, and lawyers fighting miners’ claims have withheld evidence that the miners did, in fact, have black lung. These schemes were exposed last year in a major investigation by the Center for Public Integrity, partnering in part with ABC News.

The legislation, sponsored by Sens. Robert Casey, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, and Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat from West Virginia, aims to put a stop to those strategies. “To say this is shameful is an understatement,” Casey said during a conference call Thursday, referencing the current state of the black lung benefits system.

The bill’s prospects for passage this year look dim because toxic partisan battles have made it hard to pass almost any legislation. Still, the bill marks a major milestone in the fight of mine workers to secure much-needed benefits. New legislation is particularly urgent, its sponsors say, because new evidence indicates that rates of the severe form of black lung have surged back to the highest levels since the 1970s, and more miners are seeking benefits. If changes are not made, the bill says, miners “with meritorious claims would not receive benefits.”

Casey acknowledged the challenging political climate and said he planned to push the bill in November. “If it doesn’t work, we’ll try it again in 2015,” he said. “If you believe in the founding principles of this country, it’s hard to be against these measures.”

The first installment of the CPI series focused on cases in which coal company lawyers had withheld evidence that showed miners had severe black lung, leading to wrongful denials of benefits. The legislation would require both sides to disclose all medical evidence developed during the claim. It also strengthens criminal provisions; doctors, lawyers, and claimants could face up to a $10,000 fine and five years in prison for making false or knowingly misleading statements.

The second installment of the CPI series, reported in conjunction with ABC News, revealed that a unit of radiologists at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions had long been the go-to place for coal companies seeking negative chest X-ray readings to help defeat a benefits claim. The leader of the unit, Dr. Paul Wheeler, had never found a single case of severe black lung in more than 1,500 cases dating to 2000, the investigation found. The legislation does not mention Wheeler or Johns Hopkins by name, but it references “a certain physician employed at a prominent medical center.”

The bill seeks to root out systematic bias in X-ray readings in multiple ways. It would establish a pilot program that would allow claimants, coal companies, or Labor Department officials to request a review of films by an expert panel convened by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the federal agency that certifies doctors to read X-rays for diseases such as black lung.

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Improving Ambulance Design Through Body Measurement of EMS Providers

Finally in the news this week, I look at an article from our good friend Rob Lawrence of the Richmond Ambulance Authority. He wrote an article on new methods for ambulance design for EMSWorld.com and EMS World magazine as part of their EMS 2020 initiative to create an overall culture of safety in the field.

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Syarikat Binaan Digesa Bantu Perangi Wabak Denggi

Syarikat Binaan Digesa Bantu Perangi Wabak Denggi

KUALA LUMPUR – Institut Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan Kebangsaan (NIOSH) menggesa semua syarikat binaan memberi kerjasama kepada Kementerian Kesihatan bagi memerangi wabak denggi yang semakin meningkat.

Pengerusinya, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye berkata, syarikat binaan perlu memastikan semua tapak kerja mereka terutama tapak-tapak pembinaan dipastikan bebas daripada tempat pembiakan nyamuk aedes.

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Commercial Fishing Photo Of The Day | AMSEA Gear Shed

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This past week, AMSEA offered a commercial fishing safety drill instructor course in Sitka. The 10 hour course detailed numerous dangerous situations aboard commercial fishing vessels and the best plans and techniques for safety and survival. I highly recommend the course to all commercial fishermen and I encourage you to become a member of AMSEA.

 

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“The FSIS Administrator’s blog entry stated that NIOSH ‘…made several recommendations to improve worker safety at this facility, but slowing the evisceration line speed was not among them.’ This statement is misleading. Line speed affects the periodicity of repetitive and forceful movements, which are key causes of musculoskeletal disorders. Many of the NIOSH recommendations address the design of job tasks to minimize these factors.”

Dr. Howard goes on:

“The Administrator’s blog entry of March 27, 2014 stated that NIOSH found that ‘…the increase in evisceration line speed was not a significant factor in worker safety.’ The truth of the matter is that the HHE Report draws no such conclusion.”

High Risk Flu Workplaces

High Risk Flu Workplaces

Finally, as the current flu season winds down here in North America, we are seeing more data coming in from the CDC on various aspects of the flu’s effects. A recent item over at the DailyRx.com site caught my eye that looked at seasonal flu effects on the workplace and which jobs are more susceptible to getting the flu.

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New Post has been published on The Rakyat Post

New Post has been published on http://www.therakyatpost.com/news/2014/02/20/seek-someone-to-talk-to-says-psychiatrist/

Seek someone to talk to, says psychiatrist

KUALA LUMPUR 

Changing lifestyles and the pressures of modern living are causing more and more people to suffer from mental health problems.

Psychiatrist Tan Sri Dr M. Mahadevan said people today were living in an age of depression with many of them suffering some sort of mental disorder.

“Insecurity can cause anxiety. People are worried about their jobs and how to cope with the high cost of living.

“It must also be remembered that emotions, personality, values and the social environment also have a part to play,” he told The Rakyat Post.

He said it was important for people to have someone to talk to as this would help them cope with the problems they were facing.

Dr Mahadevan was commenting on the statement made by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) on Tuesday, urging the government to expedite the introduction of guidelines under the mental health care policy for employees .

Niosh’s chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the guidelines would enable the implementation of basic measures to be adopted by employers.

The mental health care policy is aimed at reducing the increasing number of employees who are likely to suffer anxiety, depression and mental stress due to the job pressure.

Dr Mahadevan added that it was a good idea for employers to come up with some sort of plan to help their employees cope with the pressures of their jobs.

“Some employees end up depressed because they feel they are not being given recognition for the job they are doing. These are some of the issues that lead to mental health problems.

“To deal with these issues, employers need to have trained psychiatrists or psychologists on hand.”

Meanwhile, clinical psychologist Chong Joo Chien said as the job pressure grew and as the job got more demanding, some people were not able to deal with it.

He said because people didn’t have the same support level as before, they were more prone to depression and this affected the relationship they had with others.

He added that the lack of a coping mechanism could also lead to people committing suicide.

“With high stress levels, people tend to cope in different ways. Some lash out while others do funny things,” Chong said, adding that mental issues were fast becoming a growing problem in the country.

Uji Minda : Adakah tandas ini dikategori sebagai “Ruang Terkurung” atau “Confined Space”? #NIOSH (at National Institute of Occupational & Health (NIOSH), Bangi)

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