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May 2013 Archives

Company president charged with felony

The president of a Pennsylvania trucking company has been placed on a four year probation period. The company accepted payments for workers' compensation insurance but subsequently knowingly failed to provide the coverage for its workers. The company's president plead guilty to not carrying the insurance, which is designed to cover workers in the event of a workplace injury. The woman originally faced hundreds of charges related to the incident; however, the judge accepted her negotiated plea.

Actavis moves some operations

Businesses are making their way out of Colorado and other states. Actavis, a Fortune 500 drug maker that specializes in generic pharmaceuticals, is the latest major company to relocate a portion of its operations in pursuit of a lower tax rate. The company acquired Warner Chilcott, located in Ireland. The business acquisition is the most recent in a string a moves the pharmaceutical manufacturer has made which have included a merger and a name change. Actavis plans to move much of its operations to Ireland, though the top executives will remain in New Jersey.

AFL-CIO releases workplace injury statistics

According to a new report released from the AFL-CIO, about 150 people per day died from work-related injuries or illnesses in 2011. There were approximately 137 work-related illness deaths per day and another 13 fatalities were attributable to a workplace injury. Pennsylvania, however, had the lowest rate of work-related accidents for the year.

Workplace accidents more likely to kill than terrorist attacks

Labor advocates are trying to draw more awareness to workplace safety stating that hazardous conditions in workplaces receive far less attention from the media and the public than they should. According to a labor reporter for In These Times in a Washington Post op-ed, workplace accidents killed 4,609 Americans in 2011, whereas terrorist attacks killed 17 people in 2011.