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…

FY 2017 OSHA Budget Slashes Funding in Standards, Statistics

The FY 2017 Omnibus Budget bill that was released by Congress today provides a flat overall budget for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and a $2 million cut in the budget of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The standards programs of both agencies were cut, while compliance assistance was increased. Occupational Safety…

Trump’s Attacks on Immigrants: Bad for all workers, good employers and workplace safety

Read this article in The Nation by Terri Gerstein. Gerstein was formerly  Labor Bureau Chief in the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and a Deputy Commissioner in the New York State Department of Labor. Her article vividly describes why the Trump administration’s war on immigrants hurts all workers and helps bad bosses.  And without mentioning health…

Trump to Construction and Maritime Workers on Workers Memorial Day: “Get Sick and Die.”

The Trump administration today — Workers Memorial Day — initiated its first real OSHA regulatory rollback — a proposed weakening or elimination of worker protections from deadly beryllium dust. While it’s not clear what is actually in the proposal that OSHA submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review yesterday, knowledgeable observers think its a weakening or elimination…