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…

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

More Tesla: I wrote earlier this week about the health and safety issues, and under-reporting of injuries and illnesses at Tesla’s Fremont, California plant.  A couple of follow-up article have appeared: First, CalOSHA has opened an investigation following the Reveal article. And CalOSHA is investigating another incident involving a subcontractor who was hospitalized after a piece…

House OSHA Hearing: What You Missed and What It Meant. Part 1

In a fiery rebuttal of Republican and employer attacks on OSHA during the Obama administration, former Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels yesterday rejected assertions that OSHA had focused only on confrontation over cooperation, and or that the agency had flouted the law and good safety practice when it came to enforcement, standards and media campaigns.…

Weekly Toll: Another group of workers join the list those who didn’t make it through the workday

Parkland School Teachers Killed in Shooting Parkland, FL — Three school employees were among the 17 persons killed in the mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Scott Beigel, 35, a geography teacher, was killed as he tried to usher students back into his classroom when the shooting broke out. Aaron Feis,…

Maryland Refuses to Protect Construction Workers From Deadly Silica Dust

Inhaling silica dust can cause silicosis, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease. OSHA’s 45 year old standards were antiquated and did not protect workers, which is why in 2016, OSHA issued two new respirable crystalline silica standards: one for construction, and the other for general industry and maritime.  About 2.3 million workers are exposed…

Martin Luther King Died Defending Workers: Honor Him With a Moment of Silence

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is asking the entire union to join with their members in Memphis in observing a moment of silence on February 1, 2018 to honor the 50th anniversary of the tragic events that touched off the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike, where King was killed. And we here…

Weekly Toll: Last Workers to Die in 2017. Let’s hope 2018 is better

Bad couple of weeks for workers in Kansas and firefighters across the country. Also two trench deaths and a food processing worker whose leg was ripped off. Last list of workers killed during 2017. Good Riddance. Let’s hope for a better 2018. Man Killed Loading Road Salt at Kentucky Facility Identified LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) —…

Las Vegas

Maybe it’s because I’m a creature of Washington, but it occurs to me that if 60 people were killed as a result of: — Terrorism — A Coal Mine Collapse — An Ebola outbreak — Food poisoning — Faulty brakes — A chemical plant explosion — A high rise fire — Altered drugs — Sharks…