Joe Paduda has posted this week's Health Wonk Review: Health Reform - what's happening and why. It includes analysis and commentary from our usual participating policy experts - as well as guest commentary from Senator Byron Dorgan (D ND), chair of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, who gives us his thoughts on the importance of reform and a window into the process.
Three workers were killed and more than 40 were injured in this week's devastating explosion at the ConAgra meat plant in Garner, North Carolina. According to medical authorities, several of the workers are being treated for burns covering 40 percent to 50 percent of their bodies; other suffered exposure to toxic fumes from ammonia leaks. Teams from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board and the Department of Labor have been dispatched to the site to begin investigations into the cause of the explosion. Via WRAL, survivors recount their experience. More on the explosion: The Pump Handle and Comp Time
NIOSH addresses health and safety issues related to green jobs, noting that "...for the product of work to be truly sustainable, the work itself must also be sustainable. It must protect not only the surrounding environment and its end-users, but also the workers who are producing it. Sustainability must include worker safety and green jobs must be safe jobs."
National Underwriter reports on a potential federal regulatory plan for insurance, which may be unveiled next week. Related: In this month's Risk Management, Lori Widmer asks if now is the time for the optional federal charter. For more background, see the Insurance Information Institute: Optional Federal Charter.