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…

“I had to watch this poor kid’s head get crushed”

Common procedure for a workplace fatality: Blame the worker. Then blame the guy who warned that the workplace was dangerous. And fire him. Problem resolved. Case closed. Move along. This seems to be the practice of Goodwill Industries in Sacramento that was fined over $106,000 after Abraham Nicholas Garza’s head was crushed in a trash compactor,…

Legal Does Not Mean Safe: The Fate of Chemical Protections for Workers in the Trump Era

The fact that most OSHA chemical standards are old, outdated and don’t protect workers very well is something that government, labor and industry can generally agree on.  There is less agreement, however, on what needs to be done about that problem. But it’s a question that needs to be addressed, as an estimated 50,000 workers…

Alabama Congressman Blind to Constituents’ Workplace Hazards

“President Donald Trump repealed an Obama-era health and safety regulation this week that could leave Alabama workers more at risk from health and safety violations,” leads an article in the Alabama Media Group’s website. Mobile, Alabama, is the home district of Congressman Bradley Byrne. Byrne, chair of the House Education and Workforce subcommittee on Workforce…

The Weekly Toll: In Memoriam

Since I restarted this blog last month, I’ve mostly focused on policy and political issues, because, well….we’ve been overwhelmed by daily attacks by Congress and the Trump administration that undermine workplace safety standards and OSHA’s budget. But ultimately, we’re only fighting the policy and political issues because working people are getting hurt and killed every day in the…