Save Harwood, War on Workers, War on the Earth: This Week’s Short Stuff

Save Harwood, Save Workers: The Trump Administration’s plan to scrap the Susan Harwood Worker Training Grant program has been getting a bit more negative attention. Some of the attention has come from Charles Davis at  ATTN,  mobile media platform for the young(er) folk. His piece, ‘Workers Are Going to Die’: The Overlooked Budget Cut That Could…

Ohio Decides Injured Workers Deserve Workers Comp — Even if Undocumented

A proposal that would have blocked workers compensation benefits for undocumented workers injured on the job was defeated Wednesday in the Ohio state Senate. Last month, by a vote of 65-29, the Ohio House of Representatives passed H.B. 27, which included language giving “employers immunity for injuries suffered by undocumented immigrants except when the worker…

Blame The Worker — The Error of Blaming Incidents on “Human Error”

A New York subway train derailed earlier this week, injuring thirty-four  riders and striking fear into the hearts of subway riders who had believed their biggest concern was subway delays, not injury or death on the way to work. Thankfully, after only two days, and without even having to conduct a lengthy, troublesome, expensive investigation,…

Acosta Testifies in the Senate: Red Lights, Retaliation and VPP

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta testified yesterday before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies on the Department of Labor’s FY 2018 budget proposal. As expected, there were very few questions dealing with worker safety and health, and unfortunately none on the Susan Harwood Grant program which is slated for…

Save Harwood. Here’s the easy way to Contact Your Congressperson

Labor Secretary Acosta just finished his last hearing before the Senate on the Department of Labor’s FY 2018 budget. We’ll report on that later, but the bottom line is he’s not backing down on the Administration’s proposal to terminate the Susan Harwood Worker Training Grant Program. Since its inception in 1978, more than 2.1 million…

OSHA Proposes to Delay Recordkeeping Rule

OSHA has officially announced a proposal to delay the reporting requirements of its “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” recordkeeping rule that was issued last July. The recordkeeping rule simply requires employers already covered by OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements to send the form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) to OSHA and then OSHA…

Breaking: OSHA Launches Rollback of Beryllium Worker Protections

Less than half a year after workers finally received long overdue protections against deadly beryllium dust, the Trump administration has officially proposed removing many of those protections from construction and shipyard workers. OSHA announced today “a proposed rule that would modify the agency’s recent beryllium standards for the construction and shipyard sectors.” The proposal would send…

Lead Poisoning, Murder, and Trump’s Father-Daughter War on Workers: Short Stuff

Get the Lead Out: Joe Rubin at Huffington Post has a troubling story of how the California Department of Public Health failed to crack down on lead contamination at a firing range, or even refer the case CalOSHA despite serious worker overexposure and neighborhood contamination. Trump’s Impact on Public Safety: Former OSHA head David Michaels…