Trench Death: ‘Mom, I got in a ditch today, and it started caving in on me and I got out’

There is so much sad and infuriating about this story that it’s hard to know where to begin. How about here? Donald J. “DJ” Meyer was buried alive last December 10 at the bottom of an unshored 12-foot deep trench in Belton, Mo. Meyer, an employee of Arrow Plumbing, had a 9 year old son,…

5 Killed in Tampa: Playing With Fire And Workers’ Lives

The Tampa Bay Times has published a fascinating and tragic investigative piece on the June 29, 2017 incident where five workers at Tampa Electric —  Michael McCort, 60, Christopher Irvin, 40; Frank Lee Jones, 55, Antonio Navarrete, 21, and Amando J. Perez, 56 — lost their lives at the Big Bend Power Station after management…

OSHA Shuts Down Recordkeeping Webpage Due To Alleged Security Breach

  OSHA announced yesterday that it was temporarily shutting down a portal for employers to report injuries and illnesses while the agency investigates a “potential compromise” of a company’s electronic data.  Apparently the cyber-sleuths at Homeland Security came up with something: The Homeland Security Department informed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Aug. 14 that…

Solution to Workplace Injury of Immigrant Workers: Deportation

Immigrant workers do some of the most dangerous jobs in this country, and get hurt and killed most often.  Now Howard Berkes at NPR and Mike Grabell at Pro-Publica have broadcast a report on immigrant workers who are hurt on the job being denied workers compensation and deported from the country for felony workers comp…

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

Problem with the job? Go kill yourselves: You’ve all heard the phrase “Your job of your life,” but Richland County, South Carolina, Administrator Kevin Bronson took that phrase a little too far last week telling EMS workers who had complaints about the job that if “it’s really that bad you can just kill yourself or…

GAO to OSHA: What’s Up With Workplace Violence and Ammonium Nitrate?

The Republican Congress may not be fulfilling it responsibility to provide oversight over a Republican-controlled OSHA, but the Government Accountability Office is still on the job.  The GAO is Congress’s “watchdog” and investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. Over the past couple of years, the GAO has investigated OSHA’s activities around protecting healthcare workers…