The Center for Public Integrity’s Jim Morris writes a soulful account of a plumber named Jim Spencer who was fatally injured on-the-job in 2016. Read it before looking at the new BLS data on the 5,190 worker fatalities from the same year.
President Trump boasted yesterday at a photo op of his plans to cut the “red tape of regulations.” His regulatory agenda ignores his crush on coal miners by threatening current rules to prevent black lung disease.
Hospital records and workers’ compensation data from Michigan reveals many more crushing-type injuries occur on the job than suggested by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
An investigation by GAO of the meatpacking and poultry industry validates concerns raised by workers about fear of losing their jobs if they report safety problems, and being denied access to the bathroom and proper medical care for injuries.
Firefighters report they are more concerned about getting cancer from their job than about the other health dangers they face.
The 22-person editorial board of an occupational and environmental health journal resigns in protest. They are rejecting the publisher’s interference in the board’s decision-making and scientific independence.
Day laborers in Houston are key players in the clean-up and recovery worker following Hurricane Harvey. Eight weeks after the disaster, a new report describes the work they’ve been doing, the hazards they face, and the wages being paid.
Now available is a first-of-its kind database of U.S. worker fatality cases which were criminally prosecuted. The collection currently contains 77 cases from 17 states, and offers links to court records, investigation files, and news stories from each case.
Alexander Acosta told lawmakers that negotiations are underway to resolve industry’s and labor’s concerns about OSHA’s silica rule. He answered questions about workplace violence and requirements for injury reporting.