The "gig" economy is causing more accidents and fatalities among Americans who work as contractors.Employers are cutting back on safety and training in key industries like construction.A robust economy means truckers are working longer and harder -- and getting less sleep.Older workers and those new on a job -- often lacking training -- are most likely to be injured or killed.Joey Hale and Ben Ricks were cutting pipe from a scaffold in an elevator shaft last June. Their job was to help turn the hulk of the Old Shoe Co. in St. Louis into a high-end hotel. The cable snapped, and they fell six floors to their death. Neither was wearing a safety harness. They weren't alone. Elevator accidents have more than doubled in recent years, as both older, less-agile workers and younger ones with little or no training are working longer hours in dangerous construction and transportation jobs.Overall government statistics don't reflect how hazardous this corner of the workplace has become. Workers … [Read more...] about Safe at work? Not in construction or driving a truck
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Tim Sloan faced skeptical lawmakers Tuesday as the Wells Fargo CEO argued he remains the right person to lead the scandal-stained bank. "It's my job as CEO to make sure things change, and they are changing," he said before a House panel convened to examine the company's record of consumer abuses. Sloan remained calm despite being grilled by members of the House Financial Services Committee, chaired by California Democrat Maxine Waters, who is among the lawmakers looking to increase oversight of large banks. After citing a litany of Wells Fargo's abusive practices, Waters told Sloan "this conduct appears to persist." Waters, a noted critic of Wall Street, also said the bank's "ongoing lawlessness" and its failure to reform suggests it is "too big to manage." The lawmaker pointed to a New York Times story published Saturday that outlined how Wells workers remain under pressure to squeeze extra cash from customers, with rules reportedly bent or broken to meet performance … [Read more...] about Wells Fargo “too big to manage,” lawmaker tells CEO
LONDON (Reuters) - European borrowers are starting to raise more debt governed by their own laws rather than the English legal system, creating uncertainty for investors over how bond defaults and bank restructurings will be treated post-Brexit. FILE PHOTO: Dealers work at their desks whilst screens show market data following a vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit 'plan B' at CMC Markets in London, Britain, January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/File Photo The shift underscores how Britain’s impending departure from the European Union (EU) is affecting its status as a go-to jurisdiction for international commerce. The English legal system’s reputation as a neutral venue for resolving disputes has made it a favourite option for bond investors in Europe. But some borrowers, banks specifically, are starting to issue debt governed by laws from the other 27 EU member states to ensure their bonds are compliant with European rules ahead of Britain’s exit … [Read more...] about Investors sweat the small print as Brexit fragments bond laws
Victims of crime in Hartlepool can get help and support from a new specialist officer. Jane Munden has joined Hartlepool Community Safety Team as its new Victim Services Officer.The psychology graduate, who is employed by Hartlepool Borough Council, has re-located from Cumbria to take up the role.She offers a range of free, confidential and independent emotional support and practical help to victims and their families.Jane said: "They may have been victims of crime, anti-social behaviour and/or hate, and I want them to be reassured that they have someone they can talk to about their experiences in complete confidence.“I am able to provide them with information on court procedures should they be required to give evidence, I can help them in their dealings with other organisations and I can advise on compensation and insurance claims,” said Jane who has previous experience of volunteering for Victim Support."She also offers a range of free crime prevention information, advice … [Read more...] about ‘I want them to be reassured that they have someone they can talk to’: Crime victims in Hartlepool can get help from a new specialist worker
Maureen Groppe and John Fritze and Micaela Watts USA TODAY Published 4:56 PM EST Jan 25, 2019 WASHINGTON – The pain experienced by hundreds of thousands of federal workers who have gone without paychecks for more than a month was part of the pressure that led to Friday's deal to reopen the federal government for three weeks. Federal employees will get back pay but not it's not clear how long that will take. Plus, Bureau of Prison psychologist Dr. Genevieve Grady said there's a big misconception that federal employees' problems go away when the shutdown ends. "That's wildly untrue," she told the Salem Statesman Journal, noting that financial losses and credit scars will remain long after paychecks resume. And federal contractors, who have also been affected, will not be compensated. While both President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders expressed support for federal workers, it remains to be seen whether they can … [Read more...] about Despite deal to end government shutdown, federal workers still hurt.