Mine Workers Sue MSHA Over Lifting Enforcement Action

mine safety

Things have been somewhat quiet lately in the world of mine safety and health. We wrote earlier about the troubling rise in black lung cases, but thankfully mining fatalities are down slightly this year after they spiked last year.  In 2018, we’ve seen 9 coal mining deaths and 16 worker deaths in meal/non-metal mines.  Last…

House Workforce Committee Goes Out With a Whimper, Not a Bang

Workforce Committee

The last hearing of the soon-to-be late, great Republican-controlled House Education and Workforce Committee of the 115th Congress was supposed to be held yesterday.    The subject: “Mandating a $15 Minimum Wage: Consequences for Workers and Small Businesses”. (Subtext: How a mandatory minimum wage will doom small businesses and starve their employees.) Unfortunately for Republicans…

What’s in a Name? House Labor Committee Reborn

Labor Committee

In one of the first moves of the soon-to-be Democratic Majority in the House of Representatives, Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott has been elected Chair of the newly christened House Education and Labor Committee. Yes, you read that right: (Re)Introducing the House Education and Labor Committee.  The House Education and Workforce Committee is no more.  What’s in a…

Farm Bill Drops OSHA Language that Would Have Endangered Chem Plant Workers

OSHA Chemical

Workers in chemical facilities and those living nearby can sleep easier after the US Congress declined to include language in the long-awaited Farm Bill that would have forced OSHA to write regulatory language into the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard that would have threatened the lives of chemical plant workers and those living nearby. PSM…

It’s Beginning to Look at Lot Like HanukkahChristmasKwanza: Buy Books

Whatever you celebrate — or if you’re just into Winter Solstice gift-giving, you can give the gift of books to friends and family that you want to indoctrinate into the wonderful world of labor and occupational safety and health.  They will thank you. And you will thank me for giving you lots of good ideas.…