Weekly Toll: OSHA Won’t Tell You Who Died In The Workplace. We Will

Last week in the workplace: Of note, three fatalities related to forklifts. Also, while OSHA removes workplace fatalities from its homepage and buries them on their website without victims’ names, you’ll continue to find them here. Union Bridge man killed in agricultural accident Union Bridge, MD — A 32-year-old Union Bridge man died as the…

OSHA Cuts Back Fatality Reporting at Urging of Chamber of Commerce

Who’s running OSHA now? Alexandra Berzon of the Wall St. Journal reports that OSHA cut back its reporting of workplace fatalities at the urging of the Chamber of Commerce. (Click here if WSJ link doesn’t work.) Under the Obama administration, “they saw this as a way to scare employers straight,” said Marc Freedman, executive director…

As Mining Deaths Rise, MSHA Gets Acting Head — With No Mine Safety Experience

MSHA has joined OSHA with a new Deputy Assistant Secretary as the agency’s highest official until an Assistant Secretary is nominated and confirmed by the Senate. Wayne Palmer, Labor Secretary Acosta’s Chief of Staff since the end of May, was appointed acting assistant secretary for mine safety and health. The United Mine Workers union isn’t so…

Interior Department Cancels Surface Mining Health Study

The Trump administration has halted a study of the health effects of mountaintop removal strip mining for people living near surface coal mine sites in Central Appalachia. In a letter to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,  which was conducting the study, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and…

Kansas City Star Calls on Trump, Congress to Give OSHA Tools It Needs

Following up on its article (and my blog post) on the tragic trench death of DJ Meyer last December, the Kansas City Star has published a strong editorial calling on the Trump administration to “appoint a permanent leader for OSHA without delay. The agency should pursue an aggressive role in adopting workplace safety rules. And Congress should…

OSHA Issues Largest Workplace Violence Citation in its History. Good indication for the Future?

Although I am frequently critical of OSHA under the Trump administration, never let it be said that I have failed to praise the agency when they do something good. On August 11, OSHA announced that on June 29, the agency had issued a $207,690 failure to abate citation and fine against UHS of Westwood Pembroke, Inc. –…

Weekly Toll (Actually 3 Weeks): Death in the American Workplace

Summer vacations, eclipses, white power marches and murders –but one constant: people keep dying in American workplaces One killed in industrial accident on Friday Wichita, KS — A construction worker was killed Friday afternoon when part of a concrete roof fell on top of him. The large warehouse at 29th and Mead was being demolished…