Breaking news: Another contract worker has been killed on the job at BPâs Texas City refinery â the site of the deadly 2005 explosion that took 15 workersâ lives. The worker, whose name has not been released, was electrocuted while working on an idle unit that was being reconditioned.
Stress on the job has been in the news lately. Troops serving in Iraq and in other violent conflicts face intense stress daily, and the pressure doesnât just disappear when they return home. Suicides among veterans whoâve recently returned from Iraq have galvanized some families and veteransâ groups to demand better treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health needs.
In the U.K., a new report focuses on the day-to-day stresses that affect workers. Depression and stress together make up the second largest cause of workers taking time off sick. Employers could help by addressing sources of stress at work â one union leader notes that employees are often expected to take on extra work without additional resources â and also by being aware of signs of ill mental health and providing support before an employeeâs condition deteriorates.
In other news:
New England Journal of Medicine: To gain the best possible information about the longer-term consequences of inhalation of dust from the World Trade Center disaster, continued monitoring of responders and commitment to the World Trade Center Health Registry are essential.
Ventura County Star: Workers at the metals recycling company Halaco Engineering were exposed to dangerous substances on the job â but they were more worried about injuries. (This article is part of a series on the now-defunct recycler, which explores why government regulators were unable to stop its massive pollution.)
Occupational Hazards: In an address to the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo, American Public Health Association executive board member Dr. Linda Rae Murray reminded industrial hygienists that their mission is to protect not only workers, but the communities in which they practice. She also warned that the U.S. public health infrastructure is under attack, and that this attack deprives industrial hygienists of the tools they need to do their jobs.