Weekly Toll: The Bell Continues to Toll For American Workers

Bentleyville man dies at ArcelorMittal plant in Monessen Monessen, PA — A Bentleyville man died Sunday night at the ArcelorMittal Coke Plant in Monessen. According to a report Tuesday from the Washington County coroner’s office, Robert Klett, 60, was found unresponsive about 10:45 p.m. Sunday at the plant at 345 Donner Ave. The report said…

OSHA Enforcement Update: Large Cases, More Press Releases.

At a Congressional hearing last month, Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta extolled the virtues of compliance assistance, cooperation over confrontation and the Voluntary Protection Program. But he also repeated several times that the agency’s compliance assistance program “has to be balanced by a vigorous enforcement program” and especially when the employer engages in repeated and willful…

Weekly Toll: The Last Two Weeks of Carnage in the American Workplace

These reports always contain an surprising and upsetting diversity of ways to die in the workplace.  The last couple of weeks seemed to witness a large number of workers who were killed in violent workplace incidents — retail robberies, carjackings, and law enforcement. Marks Farms worker dies from injuries suffered in farm accident MARTINSBURG, NY…

California Fires: Firefighters Aren’t The Only Ones At Risk

Over 40 people have been killed in the California fires. All but one, so far, have been residents; only one fire-fighter has died in a vehicle-related incident. But the risk to firefighters who throw themselves in danger to protect people and property in California and elsewhere is clear. We’ve seen far too many cases of…

The Weekly Toll: Three Weeks and the List Goes On and On and On

Auto shop worker fatally pinned in Montevideo MONTEVIDEO, Minn. (AP) — Police say the death of an auto shop worker in Montevideo is accidental. Authorities said Monday 55-year-old Richard Fultz was pinned between a pickup truck and a tool chest that was up against a concrete wall when the owner of Backstreet Auto accidentally stepped…

Weekly Toll: Workers Not Coming Home This Week

68-year-old man killed in workplace accident in Hall County Atlanta, GA — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating. A 68-year-old man was killed Friday in a workplace accident in Hall County, the sheriff’s office said. The man was identified Saturday as Jake Sanders of Flowery Branch, sheriff’s spokesman Stephen Wilbanks said. Sanders, an…

Weekly Toll: Workers Age 19 to 60 Won’t Be Coming Home

Worker Dies in Industrial Accident at Northern Idaho Mill ATHOL, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a worker at a northern Idaho lumber mill died in an industrial accident on Friday. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s office says the 45-year-old man was fatally injured while trying to clear a broken piece of wood from a machine at the Merritt Brothers…

OSHA Alliance: Protecting Workers or Protecting the Chemical Industry?

OSHA may have strong principles about not issuing press releases that might embarrass companies that endanger or kill workers, but they’re gung-ho about press releases publicizing their cozy relationships with industry associations, especially where those relationships are actually helping those industry associations fight off regulatory activity in another state that would protect workers and consumers.…

OSHA to the Public: ‘You Can’t Handle The Truth!’

OSHA has engaged in a furious flurry of press activity over the past month. Well, “furious” by Trump-OSHA standards. By anyone else’s standards, it’s still pathetic. OSHA has issued an astonishing total of six press releases since the beginning of August.  This is, of course, practically nothing compared with the more than 50 large cases…