Fire protection jobs have high injury rate
Fire protection is one of the most dangerous types of work in the nation.
Last year, almost 71,000 injuries to U.S. firefighters occurred in the line of duty, and the rate of nonfatal injury and illness in fire protection was more than three times the rate for all industries, according to government and industry estimates.
“It’s just part of the job,” Greenville, Ohio, fire Capt. Chip Fashner said.
But injuries can occur in any workplace, and there were more than 3.8 million work-related injuries and illnesses last year.
Manufacturing industries used to be the most dangerous types of work because of the machinery involved, but injuries today frequently occur in occupations that involve repetitive physical tasks, such as bending, lifting and carrying heavy objects.
Bond-buying plan expected today
WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve is expected to announce a revamped bond-buying plan today to maintain its support for the U.S. economy.
The Fed’s goal would be to keep downward pressure on long-term interest rates and encourage individuals and companies to borrow and spend. If it succeeds, the Fed might at least soften the blow from tax increases and spending cuts that will kick in in January if Congress can’t reach a budget deal.
But its actions wouldn’t rescue the economy. Chairman Ben Bernanke warned last month that if the economy fell off a “broad fiscal cliff,” the Fed probably couldn’t offset the shock.
Export drop makes U.S. trade deficit rise
WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit increased in October because exports fell by a larger margin than imports, a sign that slower global growth could weigh on the U.S. economy.
The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the trade deficit grew 4.8 percent in October from September to $42.2 billion.
Exports dropped 3.6 percent to $180.5 billion. Sales of commercial aircraft, autos and farm products all declined.
Imports fell 2.1 percent to $222.8 billion, reflecting fewer shipments of cellphones, autos and machinery.
The trade gap with China also increased to a record high, which will keep pressure on the Obama administration. Manufacturers and U.S. lawmakers have complained about China’s use of unfair trade practices.
Chefs join campaign for oven toy for boys
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Some well-known male chefs are getting behind a New Jersey girl’s call for Hasbro to make a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven.
Chefs including Manuel Trevino of TV’s “Top Chef” and Michael Lomonaco of Porterhouse New York are featured in a YouTube video applauding McKenna Pope’s online petition, which had reached about 40,000 signatures as of Tuesday on the website Change.org.
The 13-year-old eighth-grader from Garfield, N.J., started the petition when she went to buy an Easy-Bake Oven for her 4-year-old-brother, Gavyn Boscio, but discovered it comes only in purple and pink. She wants Pawtucket, R.I.-based Hasbro to feature boys on the box of the toy and to make it in gender-neutral colors.