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April 18, 2013

Look for the helpers in chemical explosions

The devastating chemical explosion that occurred last night in West, Tex., at Adair Grain’s DBA West Fertilizer Company plant reminds me of not only the importance of workplace safety but also the tremendous gratitude we owe to first responders such as our communities’ firefighters.

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April 3, 2013

The “Big John” Legacy

Every asbestos victim’s story is unique and has the ability to inspire. Today, we had the great privilege of helping to share a special story that is building upon the strength of the asbestos community while honoring the life of an honorable man whose mission was to save lives.

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March 29, 2013

Sequestration, tower closings and the maturation of the aviation industry

When good air traffic controllers are focused on doing their jobs fully and expertly, they are saving lives and providing an increased level of safety. With significantly reduced air traffic since 2000 (no matter how you measure it), the rise in FAA budgets and personnel cannot be justified. The cold hard statistics cannot spare them from the five percent sequestration cuts faced by all government agencies.

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March 28, 2013

Brain Injuries do not discriminate

An estimated 1.7 million people will sustain a brain injury this year. Of these are nearly 475,000 children who will sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States. March marks the Brain Injury Association of America’s (BIAA) Brain Injury Awareness Month.

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February 8, 2013

Brazil club fire: errors and progress

The Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil, was destroyed by a tragic fire early Sunday morning, leading to the deaths of more than 230 people. Even the most basic regulations being properly enforced could have potentially prevented this tragedy and saved the lives of hundreds of young people.

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January 28, 2013

Mali and the kidnappings in Algeria - reason for concern

The recent terrorist kidnapping of Amenas gas facility workers in Algeria and the request of Mali’s transitional government for France (its former colonial power) to come to its military aid to prevent a takeover by northern rebels, should concern all global citizens—not because of France’s intervention but because of why the action was needed and what the kidnapping signaled.

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January 2, 2013

Nonprofits that responded to 2010 BP oil spill may be eligible for financial recovery

When people think about the losses suffered because of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, they consider the 11 men who lost their lives; the damage to wetlands and the loss of wildlife; the impact on the livelihood of professional seafood industry workers (e.g. boat owners, captains deckhands, leaseholders, fishers, shrimpers and oystermen and women); or the hard hit that businesses in the tourism and other industries took. What many people may not realize, however, is that some of the hardest hit after the oil spill were nonprofit organizations.

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December 18, 2012

European Union updates list of banned airlines

While the United States’ FAA does not publish a list of banned airlines, they do ban certain countries from operating airlines in the United States. Passengers flying abroad can help protect themselves by reviewing those airlines the EU has deemed unsafe.

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December 14, 2012

Costly hits: new findings link head trauma to CTE

From the collective smash of helmets and the grunts of tackled players to the cheers following a touchdown, these are the sounds that have categorized the sport for decades. However, these very sounds are starting to define generations of players who have made sacrifices as a result of their often successful and celebrated time on the field.

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October 31, 2012

Air travel tips after Hurricane Sandy

As in many previous storm situations, the airlines have announced they will refund and will allow you to re-book without penalties or fees, but you have to act quickly. All major airlines have posted rebooking rules, and they all have deadlines and cut-offs on their kindness, some as early as this week.

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October 25, 2012

Re-examining a misguided in-flight electronics ban

There has never been an accident or crash attributed to the interference of electronic devices. I applaud the FAA for re-examining the use of PEDs during flight, but I believe the study should include the use of cell phones in-flight. Modern aircraft wiring and instruments are required to be properly shielded from errant electric signals, pulses, arcing and static and lightning strikes.

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