Crushed to Death and Discarded: The Invisible “Third Men” of New York’s Garbage Industry

 There are eight million stories in the Naked City, and some of them — like this one — you’d never believe. After all these years, I’m the stories of the work people — especially immigrants — do in this country continue to amaze and sicken me. This is a ProPublica and Voice of America investigation by Kiera Feldman…

Really Stupid Sh*t: Johns Hopkins, Scott Walker and Bad Foster Parents

Sometimes you just have to smack your head and laugh. Because the only other thing you can do is scream and cry. Let’s start close to home. Martin Luther King Rises From The Grave to Bust Unions Johns Hopkins is Maryland’s largest employer. Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) employs more than 3,000 nurses — 3,000 unorganized…

Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Battle for Safe and Health Workplaces: Short Stuff

The moral of this week’s stories is that if you find yourself eating pork chops at your fancy seaside hotel in a hurricane ravaged part of Florida, you need to re-evaluate your life. Trumpworld to Government Scientists: No Science for You! This falls into “The Onion or Real News” category. Imagine my alarm when I…

Boiled to Death, Buried Alive and Leg Ripped Off: The Stories Behind the Statistics

One of the fathers of occupational health, Irving Selikoff, once said that “statistics are people with the tears wiped away.” Today, the statistics look bad. This week we learned that coal mining deaths doubled in 2017, and rose to their highest point in three years. Fifteen miners died on the job in 2017, compared with eight…

Dispatches From the Front Lines of the War On Worker Safety: Short Stuff

The Incredible Disappearing Security Breach: Hard to know what to say about this. Remember that alleged security “breach” in OSHA’s website that’s collecting injury and illness data from employers covered by OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements? That’s the same database that was supposed to be up in February, with a submission deadline of July 1.  It was…

Solution to Workplace Injury of Immigrant Workers: Deportation

Immigrant workers do some of the most dangerous jobs in this country, and get hurt and killed most often.  Now Howard Berkes at NPR and Mike Grabell at Pro-Publica have broadcast a report on immigrant workers who are hurt on the job being denied workers compensation and deported from the country for felony workers comp…

Ohio Decides Injured Workers Deserve Workers Comp — Even if Undocumented

A proposal that would have blocked workers compensation benefits for undocumented workers injured on the job was defeated Wednesday in the Ohio state Senate. Last month, by a vote of 65-29, the Ohio House of Representatives passed H.B. 27, which included language giving “employers immunity for injuries suffered by undocumented immigrants except when the worker…

Lead Poisoning, Murder, and Trump’s Father-Daughter War on Workers: Short Stuff

Get the Lead Out: Joe Rubin at Huffington Post has a troubling story of how the California Department of Public Health failed to crack down on lead contamination at a firing range, or even refer the case CalOSHA despite serious worker overexposure and neighborhood contamination. Trump’s Impact on Public Safety: Former OSHA head David Michaels…