Making OSHA More Effective: President Trump and Secretary Acosta Need Your Help!

President Trump and Labor Secretary Acosta need you to do something for your country. On March 13, President Trump signed an “Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch” directing the head of each agency to submit a “proposed plan to reorganize the agency, if appropriate, in order to improve the efficiency,…

Liberty Mutual to Close its Famed Research Institute

The country is about to lose a major player in safety and health research, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. We have heard from multiple sources that Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, the premier private sector researcher establishment in occupational safety and health, will abruptly close its doors within the next few weeks. Reading…

Short Stuff: News You Will Be Embarrassed Not to Know

Here’s the latest news that you can use to impress your friends and intimidate your enemies. Slashing and Burning: The New York Daily News warns of the effects of Trump’s budget cuts on workers and on OSHA, especially the Susan Harwood Program. And the article extensively quotes a former OSHA official. But there’s at least…

Weekly Toll: Remembering Those Who Aren’t Coming Home

The latest deaths in the workplace, at least as many as I can locate. Lots of vehicle related fatalities this week, and as usual, several who have no names. 25-year-old dies after falling at work; 8th worker death in Michigan this year Kalamazoo, MI — The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports the state’s…

“Unavoidable Employee Misconduct?” No.

A coffee packaging machine gets jammed, and the employee, instead of shutting the machine down, reaches under the machine guards to unjam the machine, which starts up and amputates his finger tip. OSHA issues a $4,988 serious citation against the employer, Berardi’s Fresh Roast. But wait, says Berardi’s. The employee admitted he circumvented the guards, so…

OSHA Issues Second Enforcement Press Release

Could Alex Acosta be ushering in a new era at OSHA (or maybe re-ushering in an old era)? Yesterday OSHA issued a press release announcing $569,463 in proposed penalties against Antoneum North America after a machine amputated a 46-year-old worker’s right hand, wrist and part of his forearm.  OSHA issued three willful and two repeated violations of machine…

Walkaround: Trump’s OSHA Attacks Workers’ Rights

Summary One of the main challenges of running an agency like OSHA is ensuring that a mid-20th century law adequately assures worker safety and health under 21st century working conditions. The economy and structure of work is very different than it was in 1970 when the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed:  for example, there far…