OSHA Is Bleeding: Shrinking Government and Killing Workers

Washington Post reporters Lisa Rein and Andrew Ba Trim published an excellent front page article today chronicling Donald Trump’s largely successful effort to shrink the federal government: “By the end of September, all Cabinet departments except Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and Interior had fewer permanent staff than when Trump took office in January — with…

American Nightmare: Wading Through Floating Fat and Chicken Guts While Machines Snap off Workers’ Arms

Peter Waldman, along with Kartikay Mehrotra have continued Bloomberg Businessweek’s amazing — and amazingly disturbing — coverage of the underbelly of the American workplace jungle in 2017. This piece, “America’s Worst Graveyard Shift Is Grinding Up Workers,” describes the horrible work-lives of a beleaguered population of mostly invisible immigrant workers who labor all night, in working…

Criminal Prosecution After Willful OSHA Citations for 5 Deaths at Tampa Electric?

On June 29, 2017, five workers were burned to death at Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station —  Michael McCort, 60, Christopher Irvin, 40; Frank Lee Jones, 55, Antonio Navarrete, 21, and Amando J. Perez, 56 — after management forced them to do a procedure that they knew was hazardous, probably just to save a few…

NY Times Misses the Point on “Regulatory Fatigue”

Buried in paragraph 6 of an article on Page 11 of today’s New York Times — right next to an article on new corporate loopholes provided by the Republican Tax Deform bill —  are statistics noting that about 48 million Americans get sick from food-borne diseases each year, according to the Food and Drug Administration. “Of…

Appeals Court Upholds OSHA Silica Standard

There is no better holiday gift than the gift of life and that is what the DC Appeals Court gave thousands of workers today with their decision upholding OSHA’s silica standard and telling OSHA to make it stronger. “We reject all of industry’s challenges,” the court stated. The court not only rejected five challenges to the rule brought…

Is Opioid Addiction the Most Important Workplace Safety and Health Problem?

I’m going ask some questions in order to start a conversation here — about workplace drug abuse, workplace fatalities and OSHA —  a conversation that will probably go on for a long time.  If you have anything to say about this topic, let’s try to get a discussion going in the comment section. In response…

“Anything goes” Death at Goodyear — in the Workplace and on the Road

Goodyear Tire and Rubber makes tires. They also seem to be good a killing people in a variety of different ways — in cars because of their defective tires, and in workplaces because of their defective safety procedures. Reveal (Center for Investigative Reporting) writer Jennifer Gollan discusses Goodyear’s special talent in her article Treading dangerously: Lax…

The Weekly Toll: More Workers Not Coming Home

Firefighter battling SoCal wildfire dies from ‘thermal injuries, smoke inhalation’ SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A firefighter died Thursday while working a colossal wildfire burning in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles that has become the fourth largest in California history. Cory Iverson was an engineer with a state fire engine strike team based in…