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Beware of Bloggers

There's a Difference Between a Reporter and Blogger.

By Thomas J. Roach

Newspapers and television news broadcasts are not the dominant source of public information that they used to be. More and more we are turning to the internet where bloggers compete with journalists as sources of news. A blog is an internet page that is updated weekly, daily or even hourly with new information.

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Managing Employee Stress

Reduced Full-Time Staffing, Increased Responsibilities a Challenge for Employers.

While leading economists expect the economy and job market to steadily improve throughout 2011, many employers and their employees are struggling to stay afloat under the weight of increasingly heavier workloads and high stress loads.

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Safety Poachers

By Randy Logsdon

On Dec. 10, 2010, the Chicago Tribune published a column by John Kass entitled Where Doors Revolve, Ride Poachers Lurk. The holiday piece was a light-hearted look at human behavior in the big city. Having worked for a period on Michigan Avenue, I can relate fairly easily to the concept. Declaring December as National Ride Poaching Awareness Month, Kass both describes and defines ride poaching in the following passage:

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Big Picture Look at Safety Needed after Coal Tragedy

By James Sharpe

Fewer U.S. miners died in 2009 than in any other prior year. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) heralded the achievement in a January 2010 news release with these words:

Just three short months later, an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia convulsed the nation and cast doubt on the agency's self-congratulatory claim about the central role of tough enforcement in mine safety. Responding to the worst disaster in U.S. coal mining in 40 years, Celeste Monforton, a former staffer under MSHA Assistant Secretary Davitt McAteer, expressed the sentiment of many when she said, “I really wonder if we're moving backwards rather than forwards.”

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Severely Scratched Windshield Costs Company $10,000

By Ellen Smith

Lafarge Midwest Inc. was ordered to pay a $10,000 penalty for a severely scratched windshield on a gator that was used on every shift, seven days a week, with Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission ALJ Margaret Miller increasing the penalty from MSHA’s initial fine of $8,209.

MSHA issued a citation for a violation of §56.14103(b), which requires that damaged windows , which obscure visibility necessary for safe operation, or create a hazard to the equipment operator, must be replaced or removed.

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