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OSHA cites Florida labor contractor after farmworker dies from heat illness

A federal workplace safety investigation revealed that a 35-year-old farmworker died from heat illness on a Duette, Florida, farm in April 2022, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Wednesday. Inspectors learned the employee of Citrus Harvesting Inc., which is facing a $29,004 fine, was harvesting strawberries at 5:45 p.m. when others observed the worker …

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Despite unions’ organizing successes, labor law reform is still urgently needed to address inequality in America.  

The past year has seen growing unionization efforts by employees of high-profile US organizations like Amazon and Starbucks. Caroline Hanley argues that these unions’ recent organizing successes will improve the lives of American workers, but labor law reform is urgently needed to support the wider union movement and address the American inequality problem.  After decades …

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HMUSA 2022 Conference: Using Automation to Reduce Labor Costs

Rutgers engineers created a way to 3D print large, complex parts at a fraction of the cost of current methods. They detailed their work in the journal “Additive Manufacturing.” “We have more tests to run to understand the strength and geometric potential of the parts we can make, but as long as those elements are …

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HMUSA 2022 Conference: Using Automation to Reduce Labor Costs

About the presentationSensors are the eyes, ears, and skin of a robot, and are the basic devices for gathering data for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications. In the past, sensors were individually wired to robots and controllers, requiring many cables and a lot of time to set up. Their data was limited (on/off, analog …

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COVID-19 related supply, labor shortages could delay AC repairs in AZ

As summer approaches, Arizonans may prepare for scorching temperatures by wearing oven mitts while driving to protect from hot steering wheels, or mimic viral trends to see if they can cook food on asphalt.   But one important seasonal check that people might forget is to make sure air conditioning units are working in their homes. Supply shortages …

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