OSHA Stops Preventive Inspections in Southern Auto Parts Industry

In the wake of  yesterday’s devastating article in Bloomberg Business Week about the carnage in foreign-owned auto parts facilities in the South,  Confined Space has learned that OSHA has apparently stopped doing programmed (or pro-active) inspections in Southern auto parts plants. In my summary and analysis of the Business Week article, I discussed OSHA’s Regional Emphasis…

Cars stained with the blood of American workers

If you read nothing else this week, read this: Inside Alabama’s Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs. It tells the soul-crushing story of workers — mostly “temporary” employees — killed, dismembered, and permanently disabled in foreign owned auto parts companies producing parts for large auto companies like Kia and Hyundi. As the author, Peter…

Acosta Hearing: We watched so you wouldn’t have to

Alexander Acosta, the President’s nominee for Secretary of Labor testified today before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. If you’re interested, you can watch the entire hearing here, although that would be two and a half hours you will never get back. I’m going to review the parts of the hearing that addressed workplace…

OSHA Enforcement Cases: They Won’t Tell You; We will

OSHA has stopped issuing press releases for large enforcement cases. In fact, the last enforcement press release was issued January 18, 2017, two days before the inauguration of Donald Trump. Although the Obama administration did not invent the enforcement press release, business associations and some Republicans in Congress have vilified OSHA press releases  for allegedly…

Hurting Workers, Hurting Good Employers: More articles on attempts to repeal OSHA’s Volks Rule

You should definitely read every one of the articles below about why repealing the Volks rule is bad for workers, bad for good employers and bad for America. But if you don’t have time, I’ve summarized the greatest hits here: First, Nell Greenfieldboyce has a great story on NPR’s All Things Considered this evening, starring…

Bush and Obama BLS Commissioners Oppose Repeal of OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

Two former commissioners of the Bureau of Labor Statistics sent a letter yesterday to Senate HELP Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA.), urging them to oppose S.J Res 27, a Congressional Review Act resolution that would permanently block OSHA from enforcing a requirement that employers keep accurate injury and illness records.…

Killing of EMT reminds us of the dangers of public employees and the “helping” professions

Tragic story about the killing of Yadira Arroyo, a 44 year-old emergency medical technician with the New York Fire Department by an apparently mentally ill man, Jose Gonzalez. Arroyo was the mother of two sons who were trying to follow her into the profession. Her death plunged the city’s medical workers into mourning and sent ripples beyond…