OSHA Stops Preventive Inspections in Southern Auto Parts Industry

In the wake of  yesterday’s devastating article in Bloomberg Business Week about the carnage in foreign-owned auto parts facilities in the South,  Confined Space has learned that OSHA has apparently stopped doing programmed (or pro-active) inspections in Southern auto parts plants. In my summary and analysis of the Business Week article, I discussed OSHA’s Regional Emphasis…

Cars stained with the blood of American workers

If you read nothing else this week, read this: Inside Alabama’s Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs. It tells the soul-crushing story of workers — mostly “temporary” employees — killed, dismembered, and permanently disabled in foreign owned auto parts companies producing parts for large auto companies like Kia and Hyundi. As the author, Peter…

Acosta Hearing: We watched so you wouldn’t have to

Alexander Acosta, the President’s nominee for Secretary of Labor testified today before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. If you’re interested, you can watch the entire hearing here, although that would be two and a half hours you will never get back. I’m going to review the parts of the hearing that addressed workplace…

OSHA Enforcement Cases: They Won’t Tell You; We will

OSHA has stopped issuing press releases for large enforcement cases. In fact, the last enforcement press release was issued January 18, 2017, two days before the inauguration of Donald Trump. Although the Obama administration did not invent the enforcement press release, business associations and some Republicans in Congress have vilified OSHA press releases  for allegedly…

More Articles on Devastating Labor Department and Workplace Safety Cuts

“There’s this assumption in Washington, Jonathan, that if you get less money, it’s a cut.”  — Sean Spicer From some very eloquent writers: Trump budget targets programs that help people get jobs, by Jennifer Golan, Reveal (Center for Investigative Reporting) Key Quote: “I am struck by the heartlessness of these cuts,” said Chris Lu, the former deputy…

Utah State OSHA Plan: Good for the boss, bad for me?

The Salt Lake City Tribune (partnering with The Utah Investigative Journalism Project) published an article last week entitled “Death on the Job: Utah’s worker safety agency rejects ‘heavy-handed’ enforcement,” which, as you can probably tell, addressed a number of serious problem with Utah’s Occupational Safety and Health program (UOSH): no penalties for public employee OSHA citations…

URGENT: Senate Poised to Take Away Worker Safety Protections

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on S.J Res 27/H.J. Res 83 repealing the so-called “Volks Rule.” Repealing this rule will make it impossible for OSHA to cite employers’ recordkeeping requirements in any meaningful way.  I explain below in more detail why the repeal of this OSHA regulation will make workplaces less…