Are Kentucky — And Other OSHA State Plans — Failing Their Workers?

OSHA State Plans: love ’em or hate ’em, but we have to live with them. The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, Ohio Valley ReSource and the Center for Public Integrity have just put out a devastating series of articles and audio reports about serious flaws in Kentucky’s state run OSHA program, and raised serious questions about the…

Weekly Toll: A Few American Workers Who Will Never Come Home

Not a good week to be a worker in Indiana (California and Florida weren’t so hot either.) Construction worker killed in accident near Willmar Holland Township, MN — A man tiling a field in central Minnesota died on Friday morning in a workplace accident. The construction company employee was installing drainage tile in the field…

Weekly Toll: Who Didn’t Come Home From Work Last Week

Officer dies after falling off on-ramp to Poplar Street Bridge during struggle with 2 suspects EAST ST. LOUIS, IL – Two suspects are under arrest after a high-speed chase from Washington Park Illinois into East St. Louis on westbound I-64. KTVI-TV reports around 5 p.m. Saturday, officers from the Washington Park Police Department were chasing two suspects…

Weekly Toll: A Few of the Workers Killed on the Job Last Week

Question: in this election season, how many candidates are being asked about their plans to reduce the every-day carnage in the country’s workplaces? Construction worker killed at Margaritaville Resort in Kissimmee, authorities say Kissimmee, FL — A construction worker was killed after his truck fell into a retention pond at the Margaritaville Resort in Kissimmee,…

Weekly Toll: Workers Killed on the Job Last Week

Family, friends mourning death of construction worker killed in Twin Peaks Tunnel SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KTVU) – Family and friends are mourning the death of a construction worker, killed after he was hit by a steel beam in the Twin Peaks Tunnel in San Francisco on Friday. Loved ones have identified him as 51-year-old Patrick Ricketts,…

Weekly Toll: Workers Killed on the Job Over the Past Two Weeks

2 firefighters killed as blaze rages in northern California REDDING, CALIF. —The National Park Service reports a second firefighter has died while battling the Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County.  On Sunday morning, Capt. Brian Hughes of the Arrowhead Interagency Hotshots was killed. According to the National Park Service, 33-year-old Hughes was on the east side of…

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

Criminal Conviction Upheld: DNRB, a Missouri warehouse construction contractor (doing business as Fastrack Erectors) was confirmed to be criminally liable for the fatal fall of an employee, according to the Eighth Circuit, affirming a previous guilty verdict. 22 year-old Eric Roach died July 25, 2014, after falling 30 feet from a building under construction. Roach…