Does the Rise in 2016 Workplace Fatalities Mean that OSHA Failed? Hearing Report Part 2

At yesterday’s House hearing, Eric Hobbes, representing the US Chamber of Commerce, cited a rise in workplace fatalities in 2016 as proof that OSHA’s approach focusing on standards, enforcement and strong media coverage doesn’t work. But according to an analysis performed by the AFL-CIO, a closer look at 2016 fatality data shows that Hobbs’ argument is…

House OSHA Hearing: What You Missed and What It Meant. Part 1

In a fiery rebuttal of Republican and employer attacks on OSHA during the Obama administration, former Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels yesterday rejected assertions that OSHA had focused only on confrontation over cooperation, and or that the agency had flouted the law and good safety practice when it came to enforcement, standards and media campaigns.…

Weekly Toll: Another group of workers join the list those who didn’t make it through the workday

Parkland School Teachers Killed in Shooting Parkland, FL — Three school employees were among the 17 persons killed in the mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Scott Beigel, 35, a geography teacher, was killed as he tried to usher students back into his classroom when the shooting broke out. Aaron Feis,…

Game Time: Which One of These Is Different From the Others?

These are some of the members of the US Department of Labor Hall of Honor. Which of these is different from all of the other ones? Why? Explain your answer. Edward (Ted) M. Kennedy The Chinese Railroad Workers Esther Peterson Bayard Rustin Dolores Huerta Tony Mazzocchi The Workers of the Memphis Sanitation Strike 911 Rescue…

Reagan to be Inducted into Labor Hall of Honor (sic) Thursday. Be There!

Following today’s attempt in the Supreme Court to kill public employee unions, the Department of Labor will top off “Kill the Labor Movement Week” by dishonoring American labor with the official induction of Ronald Reagan into the Labor Hall of Honor this Thursday at 1:00 p.m. EST. I’ve already written about Ronald Reagan’s Workplace Safety Legacy,…

Update: OSHA Hearing Witnesses Revealed!

No need to ruin your weekend constantly refreshing your browser, waiting to see who will testify at next Tuesday’s OSHA hearing. Our elected representatives have decided to have mercy on us and reveal the winners: In the Republican corner we have: Mr. Peter Gerstenberger, Tree Care Industry Association, Inc., testifying on behalf of the Tree…

House to Hold OSHA Hearing on Tuesday

The House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections will hold a hearing on Tuesday entitled “A More Effective and Collaborative OSHA: A View from Stakeholders.”  This will be the first — and probably the only — oversight hearing held in this two-year session of Congress.  The Committee has not yet made witness names public. (Hint: not me.) Republicans will…

Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Public Employee Unions: Worker Safety Is At Risk

One of the most significant cases for workers in recent history is coming before the Supreme Court next week. Janus vs. AFSCME will determine whether “workers who are not members of unions representing teachers, police, firefighters and certain other government employees must pay to help cover the costs of collective bargaining with state and local…

Weekly Toll: Public employees, workplace violence and death in a tire-shredder

I’ve been away, so it’s a long, depressing list this week. Lowlights include 11 public employees in states that don’t have OSHA coverage – Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Florida, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma and Ohio: Highway workers, police, firefighters. PennDOT worker killed in I-99 crash LOGAN TOWNSHIP, PA — State police at Hollidaysburg are investigating a…