California Makes Major Move to Protect Refinery Workers (and communities in their shadow)

It’s not all bad news out there. While Washington sucks workers down into an abyss of corporate anarchy, the State of California is showing us that humans can be rational and protective of their fellow beings. Despite efforts by federal EPA to roll back its Risk Management Program improvements, other Trump administration attacks on worker…

Feds Crack Down on Arizona OSHA…For Now.

There are a couple of stories here. Recent headlines report on an OSHA letter warning Arizona OSHA that it is following inappropriate enforcement procedures. Underlying this situation is the question of how OSHA will enforce its legal duty to ensure that OSHA state plans are “at least as effective” as the national program. The Arizona case may…

Public Employees: Too Late to be Concerned After a Death

The Massachusetts Senate has voted to expand the death benefit for public employees who die on the job to $300,000. The amendments was submitted in honor of Longmeadow Department of Public Works foreman Warren P. Cowles who was killed earlier this year during Winter storm Stella. Good news? So why does this make me mad? Because generally I’d…

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…