Dispatches from the Front Line of the Battle for Workplace and Environmental Safety

See No Evil, Radiate No Evil: Nuclear safety advocate and form Department of Energy official Bob Alverez describes how Trump’s Department of Energy and Republican appointees on the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board—which oversees and reports on safety practices in the US nuclear weapons complex — is attempting to undermine the agency. With an annual budget…

Worker Killed In Trench Collapse — Again. Why? And What Can Be Done?

Another in a continuing, never-ending series on the tragedy of preventable trench collapses (and the journalism that accompanies them.) Anthony Smith was killed in a preventable trench collapse a on August 16 when a 15 foot deep trench caved in on top of him. OSHA, for those who don’t know, requires trenches more than 5…

Trump Calls For More Regulation!

Observers wait to see what two regulations of equivalent cost he will withdraw to make room under his 1-in/2-out Executive Order.  Costs to be determined. Benefits (to Trump) are clear. Options: All searches for “Trump,” “Mueller,” “Russia,” “Cohen,” “Manafort,” “McCain,” “Hillary,” “Impeachment,” “California,” “Climate Change,” “2020” or “Treason” will automatically refer to Fox News or…

Weekly Toll: Summer Ends, Workplace Deaths Continue

Man run over while overhauling bus at Chicago Heights junkyard Chicago, IL — A man died after being run over by a bus he was overhauling Friday afternoon at a junkyard in south suburban Chicago Heights. Officers responded at 2:17 p.m. to the incident at Wilkins Rebuilders Supply, 171 E. 12th St., according to Chicago Heights…

Court Orders EPA To Implement Chemical Plant Safety Rule

In a stinging rebuke to the Environmental Protection Agency, a federal court has called EPA’s delay in implementing the Obama administration’s chemical disaster rule “arbitrary and capricious” and told the agency to implement the rule. EPA had argued that delaying the rule would reduce industry confusion while it figured out whether it wanted to modify…

Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Battle for Workplace Safety: Short Stuff

Poison Food, Poisoned Workers: Eyal Press of The Intercept writes about chronic health problems that have plagued Jessica Robertson since she began working as a  part-time U.S. Department of Agriculture poultry inspector at a turkey processing plant, most likely from peracetic acid which is used to remove bacteria from the carcasses of chickens and turkeys. USDA had ignored…

Weekly Toll: Workers Killed on the Job Last Week

Family, friends mourning death of construction worker killed in Twin Peaks Tunnel SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KTVU) – Family and friends are mourning the death of a construction worker, killed after he was hit by a steel beam in the Twin Peaks Tunnel in San Francisco on Friday. Loved ones have identified him as 51-year-old Patrick Ricketts,…

“Types” of Racism in the United States Today

As the nation’s capital was about to be overrun by more than two dozen American Nazis yesterday, President Trump issued an official Presidential tweet condemning “all types” of racism. What did he mean by “all types” of racism?  Possibly the terrible scourge of racism against oppressed white folk, which would make sense after his “very fine…

“Stop Poisoning Children and Farm Workers” Court Tells EPA

Every day we read about how EPA or OSHA announced their intention to roll back this protection, or failed to act on that long planned initiative. And every day a little bit of our spirit dies. But don’t despair: Seattle, WA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must ban a widely used organophosphate pesticide linked to…