I explain five reasons why I'm not shocked by the epidemic of black lung cases among U.S. miners.
Like Capt. Louis Renault in the film Casablanca, I could declare "I'm shocked, shocked to learn about the epidemic of black lung disease in the U.S."
The first six months of the Trump administration nine coal miners have been fatally injured on the job. That's one more than all of 2016.
California farmworkers living in fear of deportation; Ontario health care workers call on officials to address violence in the workplace; West Virginia legislators consider dramatic loosening of mine safety standards; and thousands of workers get ready to strike on May 1.
Senators preparing for next week's confirmation hearing for Trump's Labor Secretary should study National COSH's newly released Agenda for Action. "Protecting Workers' Lives & Limbs" makes dozens of recommendations to improve occupational health and safety policies and practices which will fall under the purview of the future Labor Secretary.
An NPR investigation identified nearly 1,000 new cases in Appalachia of the most severe form of black lung disease. The government's surveillance system recorded just a fraction of them.
The Labor Department's safety alerts should not point blame at a worker for suffering an injury.
The Center for Public Integrity investigates working conditions inside the nation's oil refineries; mine safety advocates worry about changes under a Trump administration; garment workers in Bangladesh continue to face abusive conditions; and workers chronicle sexual harassment and retaliation within the National Park Service.
Reporters investigate the man whose research is used to deny veterans' claims about Agent Orange exposure; former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship goes back to court to appeal his conviction; voters in five states will cast ballots on raising the minimum wage; and OSHA's new worker retaliation rules are delayed.
The fifth edition of The Year in U.S. Occupational Health and Safety recaps the key events over the last 12 months in government agencies, notable publications by academic researchers and public interest organizations, and exceptional reporting by investigative journalists.