Weekly Toll: The Last Two Weeks of Carnage in the American Workplace

These reports always contain an surprising and upsetting diversity of ways to die in the workplace.  The last couple of weeks seemed to witness a large number of workers who were killed in violent workplace incidents — retail robberies, carjackings, and law enforcement. Marks Farms worker dies from injuries suffered in farm accident MARTINSBURG, NY…

Acosta Testifies and He’s Not Terrible

Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta testified last Thursday at a hearing before the full House Education and Workforce Committee, and although I take great pleasure in (deservedly) criticizing Trump administration appointees, he wasn’t terrible — as Trump appointees go. Now let me qualify a bit. I’m focusing only on workplace safety issues, not on any…

Murray, DeLauro Call on USDA to Reject Chicken Council’s Petition to Increase Line Speeds

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Ranking Member of the House Labor Appropriations Committee, today sent a sharply worded letter to Carmen Rottenberg, acting head of USDA’s Food Safety Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) calling on the agency to reject a petition…

Arkema Update: Chemical Plants and Climate Change

More information is coming out about the chemical releases at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby Texas following last summer’s flooding in the Houston area as a result of Hurricane Harvey. To refresh your memory, rising floodwaters disabled the plant’s power supply, the emergency generators and finally the cooling mechanisms in temporary truck storage, allowing…

CSB Withdraws Deepwater Horizon Worker Participation Recommendations

In a 3-1 vote, the Chemical Safety Board voted yesterday to withdraw recommendations calling for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) to strengthen worker participation requirements and to take measures to prohibit retaliation against workers who use their rights.  Chair Vanessa Sutherland, joined by members Manny Ehrlich and Kristen Kulinowski voted to rescind the recommendations despite…

The Weekly Toll: The Deaths Just Keep On Happening

Rockford police officer killed after traffic stop ROCKFORD, Ill. — A Rockford police officer was killed in the line of duty, and a man he pulled over was also killed, after the two were involved in a “scuffle” early Sunday, according to officials. Rockford Chief of Police Dan O’Shea said 30-year-old Officer Jamie Cox, who had been…