Employees might complain about offices and cubicles, but at least they're productive there. Recent surveys show that most workers don't like to travel. It takes two days to catch up once they're back in their cubicle, say half of the 600 business travelers polled by the Kensington Technology Group (www.kensington.com/html/4000.html). Half of the travelers in another study—this one by the Business Travel Monitor—say they don't get enough sleep on business trips. (Take note, hotel bed designers.) Teleconferencing seems to be benefiting, with most market researchers showing annual growth rates of 40-50% in that sector. Maybe we'll see Frequent Caller benefits!
Industrial workplaces are governed by OSHA rules, but this isn’t to say that rules are always followed. While injuries happen on production floors for a variety of reasons, of the top 10 OSHA rules that are most often ignored in industrial settings, two directly involve machine design: lockout/tagout procedures (LO/TO) and machine guarding.
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