Change in Asbestos Laws
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) has issued a statement supporting President
Bush's calls for passage of asbestos litigation reform legislation by
Congress. The organization claims that American companies have paid out
an estimated $70 billion on 730,000 asbestos personal injury claims. The
litigation has forced some 70 companies into bankruptcy as well says ILR.
"Our asbestos litigation system
has not only failed the sick people it was designed to help, but has also
crippled companies and cost workers their jobs in the process," stated ILR
president Lisa A. Rickard. She said the Chamber hopes to work with the
administration, Congress, and the business community to achieve "commonsense
solutions" that will curb asbestos lawsuit abuse.
Insurance Reported in Decline
California's job-based health
insurance system is rapidly eroding, according to a new report released by the
UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.
The study, job based
Coverage Drops for Adults and Children, but Public Programs Boost Children's
Coverage, is based on data from the 2003 California Health Interview
Survey and provides a profile of non elderly Californians' health insurance
coverage and lack of coverage.
E. Richard Brown, director of
the center and lead author of the article, says job-based insurance was down
among all income groups between 2001 and 2003. "The uninsured are
overwhelmingly working Californians whose low incomes put health insurance out
of financial reach."
The study found that
three-fourths of the uninsured are workers and their family members.
They include 4 million adults and children in families headed by at least one
adult who worked full-time for an employer.
Most of the working uninsured
lacked access to coverage because their employers did not offer it, or because
they were not eligible for benefits. Many could not afford the required
employee share of the cost.
The full report is at
When Too Much Light Is a Bad
Here's an important safety
reminder about a hazard that might not be on your radar screen.
The Oregon Occupational Safety
and Health Division is issuing a warning about the hazards of ultraviolet
radiation from broken metal halide lights.
The alert comes from an
incident at the school in the state where several teachers sat beneath a
broken light for several hours during a training session.
Afterwards, many complained of
temporary blindness, sunburn-like skin conditions and blurred vision.
Turns out, the protective glass
on the 400 Watt halide light above had been shattered by a ball several weeks
Result: People were
exposed to the equivalent of one day's worth radiation in about eight minutes.
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