Tesla’s Recordkeeping Violations Show How Repeal of OSHA’s Volks Rule Hurts Workers

One of the first actions of the Republican Congress after Trump’s election was to repeal OSHA’s recently issued “Volks Rule” that allowed the agency to cite companies for continuing failure to accurately record injuries and illnesses. Now an article by Will Evans at Reveal shows how real workers are suffering because of automaker Tesla’s failure…

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

Michaels to Musk: Manage safety at Tesla and production will fall into line: Former OSHA head Dr. David Michaels has penned an article in the Financial Times calling on the safety-challenged automaker Tesla and its owner Elon Musk to learn the lessons of the safest companies. Musk has been plagued by production and safety problems, but…

Why Workers Wait So Long For OSHA Standards (And How Trump Is Making It Worse)

Attached here is an article I wrote for Law 360 about OSHA’s painfully slow process for issuing standards that protect workers, and how the Trump administration is trying to make it even slower. OSHA’s law, court decisions and OMB Executive Orders have already slowed the process to a crawl, but Trump’s Executive Order requiring one…

The First Hundred Days of Trump’s OSHA: Ain’t Seen Nuthin’ Yet?

Today is Workers Memorial Day, a day set aside around the world to remember those killed on the job — and commit ourselves to fighting to protect workers from preventable death injury and illness on the job. As the AFL-CIO summed up in its Death on the Job report, 4,836 workers were killed on the job…

Alabama Congressman Blind to Constituents’ Workplace Hazards

“President Donald Trump repealed an Obama-era health and safety regulation this week that could leave Alabama workers more at risk from health and safety violations,” leads an article in the Alabama Media Group’s website. Mobile, Alabama, is the home district of Congressman Bradley Byrne. Byrne, chair of the House Education and Workforce subcommittee on Workforce…

Trump Signs Repeal of Volks Rule: Workers Lose

President Trump yesterday signed the resolution repealing the Volks rule , thereby permanently removing OSHA’s ability to cite patterns of injury and illness recordkeeping violations.  The resolution, passed under the Congressional Review Act, is yet another step in the Administration’s goal of deconstruction the administrative state, or as the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne explained recently: In…

Industry Uses Unproven Arson Claim to Repeal Chemical Safety Rule

Chemical industry representatives are using unproven allegations that a criminal act caused the catastrophic 2013 West Texas explosion to try to kill an important chemical safety rule. Millions of people live and work in the shadow of high-risk chemical plants that store and use highly hazardous chemicals.  The House of Representatives is expected to vote…

Michaels to Trump: Show Workers You Care About Their Safety

In an open letter to President Donald Trump, former OSHA Assistant Secretary David Michaels asks the President to show workers “you care about their safety” by not signing the repeal of the Volks Rule. The Senate voted last week, and the House on March 1 to use the Congressional Review Act to repeal the rule that…

OSHA Recordkeeping Rule Dead: Senate Votes. Workers Lose

The Senate just  voted to repeal OSHA’s Volks rule making it impossible for OSHA to enforce its recordkeeping standard. Workers will pay the price. More injured. More sick. More dead. It was a straight party line vote. We put up a good fight.  Good work everyone who worked to defeat this. Way to go Republicans.…