Tacoma Couple Must Reimburse State $224,000 for Workers’ Comp Fraud

Jaime Beroth, 63, and her husband Lawrence Beroth, 67, pled guilty to one count each of second-degree theft in Pierce County Superior Court. Both Beroths claimed they were injured at work and filed claims with the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), claiming they could no longer work.  A tip to L&I led investigators to the couple’s drywall business, where they were secretly videotaped doing a variety of physical tasks. During the 2 years they collected benefits from L&I, Jamie Beroth received more than $100,000 for her injury claim, and Lawrence Beroth collected $123,000 for his. The Beroths told investigators that the couple’s business had experienced difficulties due to the […]

Rita Ora Tour supported by Allen & Heath GLD Digital Mixing System

Rita Ora on her Allen & Heath-assisted tour MacAulay has been using Allen & Heath’s popular, compact GLD digital desk (distributed in the UK by Audio-Technica Ltd) for all of Ora’s recent headline shows in the UK. During the interview MacAulay and Ora’s guitarist, Jonas Jalhay, discuss the benefits of the desk during a grueling run of Academy-size shows. Summing up his thoughts on the GLD system MacAulay says, “I’ve been using all of the available inputs and outputs on the desk and all of the on-board effects every night and there’s been not even a glitch. It’s a proper little workhorse and Rita commented that the on-stage sound is […]

Rita Ora Tour supported by Allen & Heath GLD Digital Mixing System

Rita Ora on her Allen & Heath-assisted tour MacAulay has been using Allen & Heath’s popular, compact GLD digital desk (distributed in the UK by Audio-Technica Ltd) for all of Ora’s recent headline shows in the UK. During the interview MacAulay and Ora’s guitarist, Jonas Jalhay, discuss the benefits of the desk during a grueling run of Academy-size shows. Summing up his thoughts on the GLD system MacAulay says, “I’ve been using all of the available inputs and outputs on the desk and all of the on-board effects every night and there’s been not even a glitch. It’s a proper little workhorse and Rita commented that the on-stage sound is […]

Is OSHA Wrong About Safety Incentive Programs?

Recently, OSHA issued a bulletin discouraging employers from using safety incentive programs based on the premise that injuries could go unreported due to peer pressure from workers who want to win awards. Sounds reasonable, but I wonder if OSHA isn’t missing the big picture. Let’s start by examining the downside of incentives, as laid out in the OSHA argument. OSHA presumes that workers are easily dissuaded from reporting legitimate injuries. OSHA should acknowledge that hidden injuries are almost always of the minor variety, since getting treatment for a major injury outweighs any other considerations. A seriously injured worker’s primary concern is always getting treatment. The second OSHA argument is that […]

Electrosonic goes back to nature for Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center

Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership was responsible for the architecture, interiors, graphic design and exhibit design of the Visitor Center project. The main floor is an open room with an area for membership and visitor information.  Large windows in the back overlook the Preserve providing the backdrop for a three-dimensional topographical map that gives bird’s-eye views of trails and major points of interest. Electrosonic added four 32in ELO interactive touchscreens to the map. Visitors can access details and photos about the trails and attractions via the touchscreens with content created by the Preserve in collaboration with Richard Lewis Media Group. At the entry is the “Nature Notebook,” made up of […]

Harman’s Crown Audio amps power PA in Canadian nuclear plant

Point Lepreau nuclear power plant in Canada “Since 9/11, much closer attention has been paid to life safety systems,” said Steve O’Rourke, audio division manager of Backman Vidcom, the Canadian integrator responsible for installing the plant-wide public address system. “Along with security, fire protection and rescue systems, the PA system has an extremely important role in plant safety. People need to be able to hear announcements and alerts clearly – it can be a matter of life and death in an emergency situation.” The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station system includes 18 Crown CTs Series CTs 8200USP/CN power amplifiers with CobraNet networking cards and 32 Crown CTs 2000 amps with […]

Riedel wireless intercoms fitted at Pershing Square Signature Center in New York

The facility’s Artist systems feature a distributed masterless system architecture that reduces wiring, making it cost-effective for users to configure intercom panels and partylines to meet current production requirements at the center’s three theatres: the Linney, the Diamond, and the Griffin. For each theater, engineers have created stage manager stations comprised of Artist 1000 Series control key-panels packaged into flight cases. Access plates throughout the building provide connections for both Artist control panels and Performer digital partylines, which are routed via a central patch bay. The theatre company uses an Acrobat CC-60 cell controller to support 16 wireless beltpacks. In addition, 24 Acrobat CA-6 cell antenna units installed at the […]

Keep Your Eyes (and Mind) on the Road: April is Distracted Driving Month

“What were you thinking?” That’s the question the National Safety Council (NSC) is asking during Distracted Driving Awareness Month this April in an effort to encourage all drivers to put down their phones and put their minds on the road. Drivers using cell phones causes an estimated one in four crashes, according to NSC. Contrary to popular belief, this distraction cannot be thwarted by using a hands-free headset because, as NSC research indicates, speaking on a phone at all distracts the brain from driving. “Many drivers have a false sense of security that hands-free devices make cell phone use while driving safe,” said Janet Froetscher, NSC president and CEO. “More […]

The Recession Spells Increased Stress for Workers

In a new poll, 92 percent of North American workers reported that their workplaces are more stressful now than they were 5 years ago. These results led Right Management, a talent and career management firm, to surmise that the recession has led to the uptick in workplace stress. “Nearly everybody thinks stress has grown over the past five years … in other words, since the recession began,” said Monika Morrow, senior vice president of career management at Right Management. “That prolonged economic downturn prompted staff cutbacks, curtailed training and development initiatives, reduced opportunities for career advancement and made for heavier workloads all around.” Management and employees alike have been hard […]

Workplace Bullying: How to Deal with Intimidation or Harassment at Work

Workplace bullying has become a hot-button topic over the past few years, with statistics suggesting that up to 35 percent of the work force have fallen victim to this alarming trend. Some suggest that bullying victims simply are people who “can’t take the pressure” at work. Not so, says Jeff Shane, vice president of Allison & Taylor Reference Checking. “Bullying has become an unpleasant fact of life in too many workplace environments. What makes it especially insidious is that it often continues even after someone has left a job, with the bully continuing to make their life difficult by them a poor reference to a prospective employer,” says Shane. Workplace […]