Kavanaugh: Is There Honor in Getting Your Fingers Bitten Off?

When Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh comes back before the Senate next week to respond to allegations of attempted rape, the Senators may want to follow up on his SeaWorld dissent and testimony (See here and here) by discussing another related story. For those of you just tuning in, in 2010 SeaWorld killer whale trainer Dawn…

Weekly Toll: Employees Killed at Work

CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT KILLS WORKER AT SELMON EXTENSION TAMPA, FL – A Land o’ Lakes man died Saturday (Sept. 15) while working at the Selmon West Extension project, the Tampa Police Department said. Kadri Elmazi, 68, of Land O’ Lakes, died at the scene. Mr. Elmazi was operating a “roller” machine on a dirt embankment when the machine toppled,…

There He Goes Again: Kavanaugh Still Doesn’t Get It

Good news! Good News! Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh thinks it’s perfectly reasonable for American workers to expect to come home safely at the end of the day, even if they work in the entertainment industry. Sort of. So he claims in his response to a written question from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Unfortunately, “expecting”…

This Day In History: Pakistan Garment Fires Kill 289 Workers

September 11 is a date with deep meaning in the United States — but also in other parts of the world, for different reasons. On 11 September 2012, two garment factories in the Pakistani cities of Karachi and Lahore burst into flames,  killing 289 people and seriously injuring more than 600. The fires occurred in a textile factory in…

Weekly Toll: Kavanaugh Testifies, While Workers Continue to Die

Firefighter dies after propane tank explodes in Tilford Rapid City, SD — A local firefighter died Friday afternoon while fighting a structure fire and searching for an unaccounted for person during a blaze in the Tilford area. As the structure burned, the fire moved to a nearby propane tank, causing it to explode. A firefighter…

Kavanaugh’s Lies About SeaWorld: Annotated

Allow me to be blunt: Judge Brett Kavanaugh lied about the SeaWorld case during his Senate Confirmation testimony last week and he showed very little understanding of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Being as Judge Kavanaugh is a great girls basketball coach in the crime-ridden streets of Bethesda, Maryland, however, these facts probably won’t…

Doing Harm in the Name of Liberty: Lisa Heinzerling on Kavanaugh’s Nomination

Georgetown Professor of Law Lisa Heinzerling has always been a fresh voice in defending workplace, environmental and consumer protections against the onslaught of complaints from Republicans and the business community about allegedly job-killing regulations. So in an otherwise depressing week listening to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, it was a breath of fresh air to hear…