Monday, December 01, 2014

Miscellaneous News

Some 4,405 people died in work-related accidents this year.

While there has been a three-year contraction in the number of fatalities reported (4,693 in fiscal year 2011, 4,628 in fiscal year 2012, 4,405 in fiscal year 2013), this is not because workplaces are getting safer. The contraction in worker fatalities over the past three years corresponds to an overall contraction in mean employment participation, from 64.3 percent in fiscal year 2011 to 62.9 percent in fiscal year 2013. The report for this year is preliminary and will likely be adjusted upwards as state fatal injury reports are further reviewed, and as injured and sick workers die from injuries and illnesses sustained before October 1.

In addition to these staggering numbers, three million workers suffered a lost-work-time injury, amounting to 3.4 out of every 100 full-time equivalent workers. The median number of days lost for these injuries is nine.

It's called "culling the herd."

Bill Cosby quits his trustee gig at Temple University.

Obituary: I am in the middle of reading a book about the alleged elder abuse of the late Brooke Astor. It appears her son, the person at the center of the allegations, has died at the age of 90.

He was a real piece of work:

But after a lifetime of public service and creative accomplishments, his life was turned upside down by allegations of mistreatment of his mother and mismanagement of her affairs. In a six-month trial that captivated New York with clashing accounts of tawdry greed and filial devotion, a parade of witnesses who included boldface names from the worlds of society, politics and finance as well as maids and nurses took turns castigating and defending Mr. Marshall and the lawyer, Francis X. Morrissey Jr., who did estate planning for Mrs. Astor.

Concluding 12 days of deliberations on Oct. 8, 2009, a jury in State Supreme Court in Manhattan convicted Mr. Marshall on 14 of 16 counts, including first-degree grand larceny for giving himself a $1 million retroactive raise for managing his mother’s finances. Mr. Morrissey was found guilty of fraud and conspiracy and of forging Mrs. Astor’s signature on an amendment to her will.

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