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Augusta's Habitat for Humanity struggles to find families to serve

A lack of qualified low-income families who are interested in buying and willing to help construct affordable homes, paired with an increase in regulatory costs, has put Augusta's Hab­i­tat for Humanity branch in a peculiar position.
McDonald's workers file complaints over burns in ongoing campaign for higher pay, unionization

NEW YORK - McDonald's workers in 19 cities have filed complaints over burns from popping grease, a lack of protective equipment and other workplace hazards, according to labor organizers.
OSHA investigations can take months; Kellogg bakery fall in Augusta latest probe

Federal inspectors continue to investigate a death at south Augusta's Kellogg Bakery and it could take inspectors four to six months to determine if the company was at fault.
1 worker hurt in chemical leak at Dalton plant

ATLANTA - An accident at a chemical plant in Dalton injured a worker and briefly caused authorities to close roads and warn residents nearby apartments to stay inside.
Across Georgia

SAPELO ISLAND, Ga. - Georgia wildlife agents intercepted 156 sea turtle eggs they suspect were stolen from a nest on Sapelo Island, authorities said.
30 Georgians died in workplace accidents last year

ATLANTA - Workplace accidents killed 30 Georgians last year, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported Monday."Too many families and friends lost loved ones last year," said Mike D'Aquino, of the U.S. Department of Labor's Atlanta office. "Someone they knew went to work and did not return home at the end of the day."Construction and manufacturing were responsible for 12 deaths each, followed by four from agriculture and landscaping, and two from maritime jobs.
Workplace fatalities decline in Georgia

Georgia's workplace fatalities have declined 23 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Georgia construction workers dies in SC fall

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - A Georgia construction worker has died after he fell through the ceiling at a clinic in South Carolina.The Island Packet of Hilton Head reported that 60-year-old Juan Arriaga of Savannah, fell about 12 feet Tuesday morning at a weight loss clinic on Hilton Head Island. Beaufort County Deputy Coroner David Ott said Arriaga was working on the heating and air conditioning system when he tripped and fell through a hole.Arriaga was taken to Hilton Head Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Woman dies after sickened by fumes at McDonald's

POOLER, Ga. - An 80-year-old Florida woman died early Thursday a day after being sickened by fumes at a McDonald's restaurant in south Georgia, police said.
Across Georgia

ATLANTA --- The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a $73,275 fine against Fieldale Farms Corp. in Gainesville after an inspection of a poultry processing plant found 22 violations.