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The Morning Briefing: Is your workplace safe?

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must reads from the web. This morning we're reading about employee safety legislation and fines.
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Written by Charlie Osborne, Contributor on

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must reads from the web. This morning we're reading about employee safety legislation and fines.

1.) Nestlé fined £180k ($282k) after health and safety failures led to worker's death. A man based in Halifax was killed at a Nestlé factory as the food giant allegedly failed to implement basic safety measure to protect its workers. In a statement (as the case was dealt with in court), the company said it 'deeply regretted' the incident, and new measures are in place to improve safety across all of the company's manufacturing. The man had entered a conveyor-type machine to inspect a blockage -- and when a colleague arrived he could not see anyone, therefore restarted the machine -- crushing its victim.

2.) Michigan work safety rules may be changed. A report released Monday by the Office of Regulatory Reinvention has made hundreds of recommendations to eliminate 'duplicative' or 'unnecessary' rules, which are seen as a burden on companies based in Michigan.

3.) Safety Culture: Is your workplace safe? In the first two months of 2012, there has already been a reported 7 deaths related to the workplace in Nova Scotia. What are you doing, or failing to do, to protect your employees?

4.) Tech firm faces $56,000 in workplace safety fines. Due to a deadly explosion within a technology and research center, a Northern California technology firm is facing possible fines of nearly $56,000 in reparation after one researcher was killed, and another was injured.

5.) New safety plan proposed for manufacturing sector. A new plan aimed at reducing the number of workplace-related injuries and deaths within manufacturing was recently launched in New Zealand. Manufacturing currently accounts for the highest rates of severe workplace injury in the country. The Manufacturing Sector Action Plan sets out the key priorities for government and the manufacturing sector to work on in order to increase safety. This includes safer machine design, education and training.

Bonus: Foxconn creates new positions for Apple unit

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