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

Workers Can Participate in CSB Investigations: A major goal of the Occupational Safety and Health Act is to encourage workers to participate in the process, including allowing workers to walk around with OSHA inspectors. When the Chemical Safety Board was authorized, the law required that workers be given the same opportunity to participate in facility…

Weekly Toll: Who Didn’t Come Home From Work Last Week

Officer dies after falling off on-ramp to Poplar Street Bridge during struggle with 2 suspects EAST ST. LOUIS, IL – Two suspects are under arrest after a high-speed chase from Washington Park Illinois into East St. Louis on westbound I-64. KTVI-TV reports around 5 p.m. Saturday, officers from the Washington Park Police Department were chasing two suspects…

Mar-Jack: OSHA Inspectors “Are Not There For Us”

I wrote earlier this month about a court decision in the Mar-Jac case restricting OSHA’s ability to expand inspections at poultry plants — even when the company’s log shows high rates of injuries and illnesses — despite the industry’s record of unsafe conditions. When conducting an inspection about a specific incident, you may recall, OSHA…

Bringing Back Child Labor: In Nursing Homes and Health Care

It’s the 21st century, so why are we still arguing about the safety of child labor? Continuing on its mission to deregulate worker protections, the Trump administration’s Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor has proposed a new rule allowing rule that would allow 16- and 17-year-old nursing-home workers to operate power-driven patient…

Dispatches from the Front Lines of Workplace and Environmental Safety: Short Stuff

The High Price of Clean Rooms: Thousands of Marriott hotel workers are on strike in 23 hotels in Detroit, Boston, San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, Maui, and Oahu. Aside from wanted a greater share of the company’s enormous profits, the hotel workers, represented by UNITE-HERE, are also demanding that the company address conditions that…

Happy Birthday Frances Perkins Building

  Happy Birthday! Forty-four years ago today, on October 18, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford and Secretary Peter J. Brennan laid the ceremonial cornerstone of the new Frances Perkins Department of Labor building. In February 1975 the first wave of employees moved in. I spent over ten years taking the Red Line down to the Perkins building — some of the…

Fall 2018 Regulatory Agenda: No Surprises

Lots happening these days: the grizzly murder of a Saudi journalist, baseball championships (Go Dodgers!!), mid-term elections, Presidential temper tantrums about “Horseface” and “Pocahontas.” The usual. But by far the most important thing happening today is the Fall 2018 Regulatory Agenda.  Release of the Regulatory Agenda is a much anticipated (for regulatory geeks) semi-annual event…

Weekly Toll: A Few of the Workers Killed on the Job Last Week

Question: in this election season, how many candidates are being asked about their plans to reduce the every-day carnage in the country’s workplaces? Construction worker killed at Margaritaville Resort in Kissimmee, authorities say Kissimmee, FL — A construction worker was killed after his truck fell into a retention pond at the Margaritaville Resort in Kissimmee,…