Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Battle for Workplace Safety: Short Stuff

Problem with the job? Go kill yourselves: You’ve all heard the phrase “Your job of your life,” but Richland County, South Carolina, Administrator Kevin Bronson took that phrase a little too far last week telling EMS workers who had complaints about the job that if “it’s really that bad you can just kill yourself or…

Doubt Grows Concerning ATF Conclusion that West Fertilizer Fire was Deliberately Set

Sometimes blogging is like shouting into the wind. All you hear are echos of your own voice. Then silence. But, then sometimes you actually get a response. I’ve felt like I’ve been shouting into the wind for months, ranting about the evidence-challenged ATF statement over a year ago that the 2013 fire at West Fertilizer…

Weekly Toll: And Congress Wants to Cut OSHA’s Enforcement Budget?

Worker killed after collision with SUV on Fargo airport runway FARGO, ND — A contract worker painting stripes on the runway of Hector International Airport was killed in a collision with an SUV early Monday, July 31, 2017, said Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of the Fargo Airport Authority. The name of the worker has not yet…

Weekly Toll: Suffocations, Shootings, Highways — again.

Fourth TECO worker dies after accident at plant Tampa, FL — A fourth person has died from the TECO Apollo Beach industrial accident on June 29. Frank Lee Jones, 55, died Saturday, according to a company spokeswoman. Christopher Irvin, 42, and Michael McCort, 60, died the day of the accident. Antonio Navarette, 21, died Wednesday.…

Enforcement Update: OSHA Still Embarrassed About Enforcing the Law

Press Release Drought Continues When Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta testified last month before the US Senate, he committed to citing employers who have the information about how to make the workplace safe, but don’t do what they need to do to provide a safe workplace.  Well, to their credit, OSHA continues to enforce the…

EPA “Reconsiders” Whether to Protect Communities Surrounding Chemical Plants

But as the ….government has promoted the [chemical] sector’s rapid growth, it has struggled with its impact on the environment. The chemical industry has quashed calls to strengthen oversight and force companies to publicly disclose what substances they produce. Local environmental bureaus are often politically feeble and understaffed. — New York Times, June 13, 2017…