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Recipe for an accident

I still believe my mom has the best recipe for banana bread.  “The secret…” she told me, “…is in adding an extra banana.”  As safety professionals, our focus is on accident prevention, and that’s where it should be.  However, coming at it from a different angle can shed some light and reveal unseen causes. Let’s examine the “ingredients” that go ...

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Wait — How many jobs cut?

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At this point in the oil slump, dreaded jobs cuts hardly come as a surprise anymore; this week, Talisman Energy let go of 200 employees while Neven energy cut 400. But how many total American jobs have low oil prices cost? A recent Forbes article estimates at least 75,000—about 12 percent of the nation’s oil and gas workforce—so far. According ...

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Drop in price of oil affecting Texas jobs

WICHITA FALLS, Texas – While the price per barrel of oil continues its downward trend, the number of unemployment claims by workers in the oil and gas industry has gone up. Texas Workforce Commission data shows 6,814 oil and gas workers filed unemployment claims from Nov. 1-Feb. 19, while the total number of claims filed in the state was almost ...

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Colorado unemployment rate spikes are due to seasonal employment

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After a steady march downward, Weld County’s unemployment rate began to creep up in January, while Colorado’s rate remained flat. Colorado’s unemployment, adjusted for seasonal fluctuations, stayed at 4.2 percent from December to January while the Weld rate, which is unadjusted for seasonal fluctuations, rose to 4.2 percent in January from 3.9 percent in December, according to the Bureau of ...

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U.S. refinery deal hits roadblocks at 8 striking plants

HOUSTON – A tentative national agreement to end a six-week strike at twelve U.S. refineries has struggled to win ratification at eight plants as workers and companies struggle to settle local issues, according to union officials. The deal reached on Thursday by the United Steelworkers (USW) and lead industry negotiator Royal Dutch Shell Plc to end the biggest walkout of ...

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