Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Battle For Workplace Safety: Short Stuff

Pork Processing Workers — From Bad to Worse: US meat workers are already three times more likely to suffer serious injury than the average American worker, and pork and beef workers nearly seven times more likely to suffer repetitive strain injuries. Add to that amputations, fractured fingers, second-degree burns and head trauma and you have a work population that…

Weekly Toll: Workplace Deaths Over the Last Two Weeks

I took a week off compiling this list. No change in the deadly work that American workers do, except that workers have fewer rights than they did two weeks ago — especially public employees. In other news, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed an appropriations bill requiring OSHA to start listing names of workers killed on their…

“Fund OSHA and List Workers Killed” Says the Senate

Some good news from the Senate, and God knows, we need a little good news. The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Committee voted yesterday to approve a bi-partisan bill that provides a $4 million increase for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and full funding for OSHA’s Susan Harwood Worker Training…

Former CSB Chair Moves on to (Much) Greener Pastures

Last month, without any warning or explanation, Vanessa Sutherland announced her resignation as Chair of the Chemical Safety Board. Earlier this week we learned why. More money and more love. Norfolk Southern announced that Sutherland had been hired as Vice President, Legal, for the giant rail corporation. Norfolk Southern Railway Co. is a major transporter/hauler of…

Today’s Bad Idea: Merge Labor and Education Departments

The Trump administration today proposed to merge the Department of Labor into the Department of Education. While some have suggested that the new department be christened the “Department of Child Labor,” the Trump administration has come up with the “Department of Education and the Workforce.” Some may be experiencing a sense of déjà vu at…

SEIU Retires Its Safety and Health Program

A recent study by Harvard University professor Michael Zoorob showed that unionization saves lives. That’s the good news. But it doesn’t happen automatically when you sign the union card. The beneficial effect of unions on worker safety is the result of action by educated union members supported by union staff. Unfortunately, the Service Employees International…

Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Battle for Workplace Safety and Health: Short Stuff

Death by Trench: Equipment World has just completed a special report on trench hazards and the dozens of preventable deaths that happen ever year.  Most chilling is the piece on survivors who tell of the terror they felt being buried under tons of soil. And there are heros, like Jay Herzmark in Washington who worked with…