Alabama Congressman Blind to Constituents’ Workplace Hazards

“President Donald Trump repealed an Obama-era health and safety regulation this week that could leave Alabama workers more at risk from health and safety violations,” leads an article in the Alabama Media Group’s website. Mobile, Alabama, is the home district of Congressman Bradley Byrne. Byrne, chair of the House Education and Workforce subcommittee on Workforce…

OSHA Resumes Preventive Auto Parts Inspections

OSHA today officially renewed its Regional Emphasis Program (REP) targeting auto parts establishments in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Following the devastating Bloomberg Business Week article about preventable fatalities and injuries in foreign-owned auto parts facilities in the South, Confined Space learned that OSHA’s auto parts REP had expired on February 4, 2017 and had not been…

OSHA Stops Preventive Inspections in Southern Auto Parts Industry

In the wake of  yesterday’s devastating article in Bloomberg Business Week about the carnage in foreign-owned auto parts facilities in the South,  Confined Space has learned that OSHA has apparently stopped doing programmed (or pro-active) inspections in Southern auto parts plants. In my summary and analysis of the Business Week article, I discussed OSHA’s Regional Emphasis…

Cars stained with the blood of American workers

If you read nothing else this week, read this: Inside Alabama’s Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs. It tells the soul-crushing story of workers — mostly “temporary” employees — killed, dismembered, and permanently disabled in foreign owned auto parts companies producing parts for large auto companies like Kia and Hyundi. As the author, Peter…

URGENT: Senate Poised to Take Away Worker Safety Protections

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on S.J Res 27/H.J. Res 83 repealing the so-called “Volks Rule.” Repealing this rule will make it impossible for OSHA to cite employers’ recordkeeping requirements in any meaningful way.  I explain below in more detail why the repeal of this OSHA regulation will make workplaces less…