Department of Labor: US Department Of Labor Launches App To Provide Miners Access To Health, Safety, Miners’ Rights Information

Department of Labor: US Department Of Labor Launches App To Provide Miners Access To Health, Safety, Miners’ Rights Information. “The app allows miners to easily use the tool at mine sites and outside of working hours to search for best safety and health practices and find resources on understanding their rights and responsibilities under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. The app also sends users notifications of mining accidents and how to prevent them.”

University of Exeter: Pandemic left hospitality workers more vulnerable to conflict from customers and less able to challenge managers over safety due to financial insecurity, study shows

University of Exeter: Pandemic left hospitality workers more vulnerable to conflict from customers and less able to challenge managers over safety due to financial insecurity, study shows. “Hospitality workers felt less able to challenge and negotiate bad practice or unsafe working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic, a new study shows. Workers feeling less financially secure, particularly those on zero-hour contracts, said they couldn’t raise concerns about health and safety with their bosses.”

Houston Chronicle: Texas mother sues Wells Fargo, area hospital over son’s death from COVID-19

Houston Chronicle: Texas mother sues Wells Fargo, area hospital over son’s death from COVID-19. “Robert ‘BB’ Wagstaff was a course shy of completing his bachelor’s degree in accounting when he died of COVID-19 on April 10, 2020. Wagstaff, 30, became one of the first San Antonio residents to succumb to the virus. On Monday, a day after the second anniversary of his death, his mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his former employer and the hospital where he died.”

Financial Times: DeepMind accused of mishandling sexual misconduct allegations

Financial Times: DeepMind accused of mishandling sexual misconduct allegations. “A former DeepMind employee has accused the artificial intelligence group’s leadership of mishandling multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment, raising concerns over how grievances are dealt with at the Google-acquired company. The female member of staff, whom we call Julia to protect her identity, claimed in December 2019 that a senior researcher at the London-based group had sexually assaulted her twice, threatened suicide, and alluded to previous instances of rape, among other concerning behavior.”

NPR: 6 in 10 teachers experienced physical violence or verbal aggression during COVID

NPR: 6 in 10 teachers experienced physical violence or verbal aggression during COVID. “Educators are taking blows from all sides, and they sometimes feel like no one is hearing them. That is the key finding of a big, new COVID-19-era survey from an American Psychological Association task force. Responses, collected between July 2020 and June 2021, came from nearly 15,000 school personnel – from psychologists to bus drivers – in all 50 states.”

New York Times: Office Lobbies Get Security Makeover, but Not One You Will See

New York Times: Office Lobbies Get Security Makeover, but Not One You Will See. “After Sept. 11, the lobbies in many U.S. office buildings permanently changed as landlords beefed up security, adding cameras, turnstiles, programmable elevators and other technological tools. All who entered were required to have identification, and guards recorded who came and went. Now, as pandemic restrictions ease and workers begin to trickle back into the office, the lobby is changing again, this time with an emphasis on health and safety. But the changes are subtle, and they are primarily meant to ease the flow at the turnstile.”

New York University: Most Workers Experience Multiple, Interconnected Vulnerabilities to COVID-19

New York University: Most Workers Experience Multiple, Interconnected Vulnerabilities to COVID-19. “COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on people’s physical and mental health and has caused economic hardship. However, this adversity has disproportionately hurt certain populations—including essential workers and women—deepening existing disparities. One reason behind these disparities? The same people have been affected by clusters of interrelated factors, according to new research published in PLOS Global Public Health.”

Modern Materials Handling: MHI industry group launches search engine for protective guarding equipment

Modern Materials Handling: MHI industry group launches search engine for protective guarding equipment. “The Protective Guarding Search Tool addresses the myriad of protective guarding solutions that are available in the market and supports end users looking for the right products for their varying facilities. It is an environment where off-the-shelf products do not always work, and custom-engineered guarding is required in many scenarios.” This is stuff like bollards and rack protectors and safety netting.

Los Angeles Times: Workplaces are filling up with employees who have COVID

Los Angeles Times: Workplaces are filling up with employees who have COVID. “Maria Bernal, an employee at a Jack in the Box in Folsom, Calif., couldn’t read the orders popping up on her screen. Her vision was blurry, her hands shook from chills and her head felt heavy. A pharmacist told her she probably had COVID-19. When she told her boss, the manager told Bernal to keep working. ‘Don’t worry, everyone has it, you can still work. Just wear a mask and don’t tell anyone,’ the manager said, according to a Jan. 14 complaint Bernal filed with Sacramento County’s public health department.”

Bloomberg: Google Team That Keeps Services Online Rocked by Mental Health Crisis

Bloomberg: Google Team That Keeps Services Online Rocked by Mental Health Crisis. “In November, ‘team temperature’ surveys found dissatisfaction among Borg employees. Out of a top score of 10, Borg’s three sub-teams scored 5.07, 6.5 and 6.73—all short of the 7.5 rating Google considers satisfactory. In meetings with human-resources officials, some Borg employees described a toxic and overwhelming work environment, according to notes HR shared with the team that were reviewed by Bloomberg, but Google left the management team in place and promoted [Pierre] Aubert.”

Business Insider: Google is supplying full-time staff with rapid COVID-19 tests while contractors must wait for slower mail-in results

Business Insider: Google is supplying full-time staff with rapid COVID-19 tests while contractors must wait for slower mail-in results. “Since December 2020, Google has offered full-time employees free rapid COVID-19 tests that can be administered at home, via Cue Health, and which deliver results in minutes. But its temporary contractors must report to Google’s offices in-person to do a PCR test, which is then mailed to healthtech firm BioIQ, and results are delivered in the following days.”

DCist: Some D.C. Trader Joe’s Workers Call The Company’s COVID Practices Into Question

DCist: Some D.C. Trader Joe’s Workers Call The Company’s COVID Practices Into Question. “There are fewer health and safety protocols at Trader Joe’s now than at any point in the pandemic, according to multiple grocery store workers at the Union Market location — despite unprecedented COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. (Two of the four workers who agreed to speak with DCist/WAMU asked not to be named because they feared retribution at work or had privacy concerns.) Vaccination reduces their risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19, but workers still hope to avoid exposure or infection, partly because quarantine could mean losing wages.”