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November 2013 Archives

Pennsylvania nurses face work injury risk due to strenuous duties

Facing dangers and risks is something that many employees in various occupations face on a daily basis. Some Pennsylvania residents may think the risk of work injury is obvious in areas such as construction, but they may fail to consider the hazards of occupations where heights and machinery are not necessarily factors. Many employment opportunities need workers to perform duties that include heavy lifting and frequent bending and moving, which all could contribute to an injury.

FDA Overturns Safety Limits on Diabetes Drug Avandia

The FDA recently overturned safety limits that restricted the sale of the diabetes drug Avandia (rosiglitazone).  The drug, manufacturered by GlaxoSmithKline had been much debated over the past several years due research done in 2007, which suggested that use of the drug was linked to a higher risk of heart attack.  The FDA limited the sale of the drug in response to the research findings in 2010 that suggested it use might be dangerous.  Now the drug is being unrestricted meaning that those suffering from diabetes will not have to enroll in a special program to obtain the drug.  This recent action by the FDA is not without controversy however, since no new informaton concerning the drug has been made available since the original decision was made.  Additionally, the doctor at the head of the 2007 study, which resulted in the FDA's safety restrictions is questioning the motives of the FDA. 

Altoona and Hot Dogs

In representing our clients, we travel around Western Pennsylvania from Pittsburgh to Erie to Smethport to Bellefonte to Bedford and beyond on a daily basis. While driving around, I (Paul G. Mayer, Jr.) try take a minute every once in a while to appreciate the beautiful scenery of our Commonwealth. I also get to meet many interesting people on the road. From the neighborhoods of Pittsburgh to the small towns people have their unique stories to tell. Sometimes sad, sometimes funny, but always important to the people who tell them. In "Hittin' the Road with Friday & Cox, LLC", I'll try to give you the highlights. Hope you enjoy it.

Dangerous Baby Monitors Recalled After Two Infant Deaths

Injures, and fatalities, often occur when a product is defective or fails to contain suffient warnings.  Tragically dangerous products that cause injury are often children's toys and products.  Children due to their youth do not recognize that serious injury may result from cords, small objects, batteries, or a number of other objects that are often compents of children's toys and products.  Baby monitors pose a risk to infants when the cords are placed in close proximity to the crib. 

Labor officials warn retailers of holiday shopping dangers

The Department of Labor has issued a warning to retailers this shopping season, asking that special precautions be taken this year to insure worker safety during the holidays. With Black Friday coming up next week, stores offering discounts are gearing up to please customers, but it is important to remember to maintain the wellbeing of employees even during the busy season.

Should OSHA reports be made public?

Federal regulators are proposing an exciting new possibility - to make OSHA workplace safety reports available to the public. This would make it easier for employees and others to view the safety records of various companies and would perhaps encourage better compliance with workplace safety regulations.

Numbers show decrease in workplace injuries in 2012

According to a recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workplace injuries in the United States actually went down in 2012. The decrease was slight, from 3.5 injuries per 100 workers to 3.4. Still, the improvement means that employers and workplace safety regulators are doing something right to prevent on-the-job injuries.

On the Road- Johnstown, PA

In representing our clients, we travel around Western Pennsylvania from Pittsburgh to Erie to Smethport to Bellefonte to Bedford and beyond on a daily basis. While driving around, I (Paul G. Mayer, Jr.) try take a minute every once in a while to appreciate the beautiful scenery of our Commonwealth. I also get to meet many interesting people on the road. From the neighborhoods of Pittsburgh to the small towns people have their unique stories to tell. Sometimes sad, sometimes funny, but always important to the people who tell them. In "Hittin' the Road with Friday & Cox, LLC", I'll try to give you the highlights. Hope you enjoy it.

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