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Last September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the
preliminary results of the 2014 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. The report revealed 4,679 fatal work injuries were recorded in the U.S. in 2014, an increase of 2 percent over 2013’s numbers. Nearly 750 of these workplace deaths were due to violence and other injuries by persons or animals. Among those classified as homicides, 32 percent involved relatives or domestic partners when female workers were the victims. Thirty-three percent of workplace homicides with male victims were robberies.



According to
Freddie Mac’s chief economist, mortgage interest rates should remain at historically low levels in 2016 regardless of the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise the federal funds rate (for the first time since 2006) late last year. What does that mean for you? Whether you’re ready to buy or sell a home, now could be the time to act. But before you do, consider how the three biggest homebuying trends may affect you.



We’re a full month into the New Year and many of us are already losing interest in the goals we set 30 days ago. Skipping the occasional yoga class or spending an afternoon or two binge watching Netflix is unlikely to really hurt you in the long run. However, ditching the financial promises you made to yourself as 2015 became 2016 just might. Whether you’re still going strong or need to revive your faltering commitment, these could be the most important resolutions to try to keep this year.



On a construction job site, safety is everyone’s responsibility. Rules established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) state that every contractor, regardless of its role, has a non-transferable duty to protect its employees from all hazards—regardless of who created them. This means that a general contractor, a subcontractor acting as a general contractor, or a sole proprietor who has subbed out specialty work can receive an OSHA citation and fine if an employee under them is injured on the job.

When issuing a citation, an OSHA inspector first determines the role each employer fits into.


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