OSHA Enforcement: OSHA Continues to Protect Employers from Hazardous Press Releases.

Twenty more companies succeeded over the past week in hiding federal OSHA enforcement actions from the withering public scrutiny that press releases have traditionally provided.  Since last January 18, OSHA has issued only one enforcement-related press release. As usual, for a few we have been able to get some details that might have been useful…

Hit the fu**ing Road Jack: Why we need a strong OSHA enforcement program.

This is not generally how a good company wants a supervisor to respond to a worker who reports unsafe conditions:  “Next time you have a problem with safety, talk to me. Then get in your car and hit the f***ing road.”  Then you write him up, don’t renew his contract — and, for good measure, fire…

Swamp Monster in the White House: See no evil, fix no evil.

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank makes no secret about disliking Donald Trump. Instead of “draining the swamp” as he promised his supporters, Trump has become the “Swamp Monster” for his extreme secrecy (keeping White House visitor logs hidden), populating his administration “with former lobbyists, lawyers and consultants who are making policy for the industries that…

OSHA Enforcement Update: Confined Space Writes OSHA Press Releases

If OSHA won’t do it, Confined Space will. During the Obama administration, OSHA’s policy was to issue a press release for any citation greater than $40,000. Since January 20, 2017,  OSHA has issued roughly 200 citations for $40,000 or above. Yesterday, OSHA issued its first — and thus far, only — enforcement press release of…

BREAKING!!! OSHA Issues First Enforcement Press Release Announcing $1.5 million fine for two trench deaths

Employer in fatal Boston trench collapse did not provide safety training and basic safeguards for employees, OSHA finds Atlantic Drain Service Co. Inc. cited for 18 violations In a sharp break from Trump OSHA tradition, OSHA today issued the first enforcement-related press release of this administration, close to $1.5 million for the death of two…

Blood in your food: Injury and Death on Farms

There are many metaphors that are commonly used in Washington DC . One of those metaphors is to describe something at “the third rail of politics.”  Wikipedia defines “third rail of politics” as “a metaphor for any issue so controversial that it is “charged” and “untouchable” to the extent that any politician or public official…