Trump to Visit Company Where Worker Was Killed After Company Removed Guard

Donald Trump is on his way to Springfield, Missouri today to deliver a major speech about tax cuts reform at the Loren Cook company. Loren Cook, one of Springfield’s largest companies, manufactures fans, blowers, gravity vents and laboratory exhaust systems and employees 1,000 workers. And the company’s executives are big Trump supporters: Loren Cook II, vice-president…

Weekly Toll: OSHA Won’t Tell You Who Died In The Workplace. We Will

Last week in the workplace: Of note, three fatalities related to forklifts. Also, while OSHA removes workplace fatalities from its homepage and buries them on their website without victims’ names, you’ll continue to find them here. Union Bridge man killed in agricultural accident Union Bridge, MD — A 32-year-old Union Bridge man died as the…

OSHA Cuts Back Fatality Reporting at Urging of Chamber of Commerce

Who’s running OSHA now? Alexandra Berzon of the Wall St. Journal reports that OSHA cut back its reporting of workplace fatalities at the urging of the Chamber of Commerce. (Click here if WSJ link doesn’t work.) Under the Obama administration, “they saw this as a way to scare employers straight,” said Marc Freedman, executive director…

As Mining Deaths Rise, MSHA Gets Acting Head — With No Mine Safety Experience

MSHA has joined OSHA with a new Deputy Assistant Secretary as the agency’s highest official until an Assistant Secretary is nominated and confirmed by the Senate. Wayne Palmer, Labor Secretary Acosta’s Chief of Staff since the end of May, was appointed acting assistant secretary for mine safety and health. The United Mine Workers union isn’t so…

Interior Department Cancels Surface Mining Health Study

The Trump administration has halted a study of the health effects of mountaintop removal strip mining for people living near surface coal mine sites in Central Appalachia. In a letter to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,  which was conducting the study, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and…