Sacrificing Your Health For Paycheck: NELP Report on Severe Injuries — Especially in Poultry

Twenty-seven workers suffer severe injuries involving hospitalization or an amputation every day, according to the National Employment Law Project (NELP) in a report based on OSHA severe injury data. These numbers cover just over half the states. The NELP report singles out the poultry industry, reporting that two poultry companies, Tyson Foods and JBS/ Pilgrim’s…

The Dirty Dozen: National COSH Releases Report on Companies That Put Workers at Risk

Just in time for Workers Memorial Day, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) has announced “The Dirty Dozen” employers of 2017, highlighting companies that put workers and communities at risk due to unsafe working conditions. National COSH chooses the “Dirty Dozen” by soliciting nominations from health and safety activists around the country. Some…

Rana Plaza: Improvement for Garment Workers after Four Years?

Today marks four years since the catastrophic Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed over 1100 workers. And before that, 350 garment workers had lost their lives in fires at Pakistan’s Ali Enterprises factory and Bangladesh’s Tazreen Fashions factory. Michelle Chen at The Nation reports that while some improvements have been made in safety and…

OSHA Enforcement: OSHA Continues to Protect Employers from Hazardous Press Releases.

Twenty more companies succeeded over the past week in hiding federal OSHA enforcement actions from the withering public scrutiny that press releases have traditionally provided.  Since last January 18, OSHA has issued only one enforcement-related press release. As usual, for a few we have been able to get some details that might have been useful…

Hit the fu**ing Road Jack: Why we need a strong OSHA enforcement program.

This is not generally how a good company wants a supervisor to respond to a worker who reports unsafe conditions:  “Next time you have a problem with safety, talk to me. Then get in your car and hit the f***ing road.”  Then you write him up, don’t renew his contract — and, for good measure, fire…