Archive for the ‘SAFETY’ Category

Feb
2015
26

Quarter-Million Dollar OSHA Fines Levied on Wreckless, Repeat Violator in MI

Quarter-Million Dollar OSHA Fines Levied on Wreckless, Repeat Violator in MI
  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that an August 2014 inspection of Escanaba, Michigan-based Basic Marine Inc. resulted in 18 federal citations which could lead to a total of $242,940 in penalties.  The Michigan shipbuilder was cited for three willful, five repeat, and 10 serious violations and will be...
Feb
2015
26

DISTRICT 9: OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program Rife with Corruption, Says Investigator

DISTRICT 9: OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program Rife with Corruption, Says Investigator
  An investigative report from NBC Bay Area writers Vicky Nguyen, Liz Wagner, and Felipe Escamilla discovered several systematic failures with the OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program that has resulted in botched or falsified several whistleblower cases.  Among their main sources is Darrell Whitman, an agency investigator, who now considers...
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Feb
2015
24

Majority of Speakers at WV Committee Hearing Remain Opposed to Prevailing Wage Reform

Majority of Speakers at WV Committee Hearing Remain Opposed to Prevailing Wage Reform
  A West Virginia house committee heard testimony from nearly 30 people — including U.S. Senator Joe Manchin — about a controversial compromise bill that would dramatically alter the state’s prevailing wage system.  The bill started in the Senate as an outright repeal of the prevailing wage before the Republican hand was...
Feb
2015
19

Augusta Building Trades Training Program Graduates Class of 40% Females, 87% People of Color

Augusta Building Trades Training Program Graduates Class of 40% Females, 87% People of Color
  The latest graduates of the Augusta Building Trade Council’s Apprenticeship Readiness Program (ARP) are ready to take on the adventure of beginning a career in the building trades. Many of them could soon be employed on one of the nation’s largest construction projects. The program is a collaboration between North America’s Building...
Feb
2015
17

TODAY: Indiana Construction Unions Fight the GOP’s Wage-Slashing Sneak Attack

TODAY: Indiana Construction Unions Fight the GOP's Wage-Slashing Sneak Attack
  UPDATE: This morning’s hearing on this issue was live-tweeted by some in attendance. Below are a handful of embedded tweets offering further insight Last speaker for repeal #CommonConstructionWage up now. Worth noting: not one of the speakers was a construction business owner. — Top Notch of Indiana (@TopNotchIndiana) February...
Feb
2015
3

Scores of Amputations, 1000s of Injuries Lead to $1.76M Fine at Ashley Furniture Facility

Scores of Amputations, 1000s of Injuries Lead to $1.76M Fine at Ashley Furniture Facility
  Over 4,500 people work at the Ashley Furniture facility in Arcadia, Wisconsin. Stunningly, during the three-and-a-half year period covered by a new workplace safety investigation more than 1,000 workers suffered injuries.  Go ahead. Catch your breath. These 1,000+ injuries are what Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) found...
Jan
2015
27

American Airlines Union Mechanics: Airline Made Us Release Unsafe Planes for Flight

American Airlines Union Mechanics: Airline Made Us Release Unsafe Planes for Flight
  A lawsuit brought on behalf of American Airlines mechanics by Transport Workers Union Local 591 claims that supervisors pressured mechanics to release planes before they were safe to fly.  The lawsuit also claims that the airline threatened union officials with termination and arrest when they raised objections.  The suit was filed last...
Jan
2015
23

Houston City Council Considering $7M Training Facility for Construction Workers

Houston City Council Considering $7M Training Facility for Construction Workers
  Houston has experienced a massive construction boom which has spread the cream of the worker crop quite thin, according to some contractors.  So with multiple projects ongoing and upcoming at the region’s airports, the Houston Airport Authority (HAA) has decided to take a proactive approach by planning a construction training facility at...
Jan
2015
16

Hustle & Flu: PA Senators Try to Ban Local Paid Sick Leave Laws Before Philly Passes One

Hustle & Flu: PA Senators Try to Ban Local Paid Sick Leave Laws Before Philly Passes One
  You know what workers need in 2015? More enemies! A pair of Pennsylvania state senators — Republican John Eichelberger and Democrat Lisa Boscola — are introducing a bill which would prohibit municipalities from enacting paid sick leave protections.  It comes as a direct response to Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s...
Dec
2014
16

“The Other 4-Year Degree”: DOL Announces $100M in Apprenticeship Grants

  The Department of Labor (DOL) has officially announced that it will make available $100 million in grants to help registered apprenticeship programs expand their training.  The grants are specifically aimed at helping boost programs in high skill industries such as healthcare, biotechnology, information technology and advanced...
Dec
2014
11

Canada’s Least Unionized Province Had 4 Worker Deaths in 8-day November Span; 8 Deaths that Month

Canada's Least Unionized Province Had 4 Worker Deaths in 8-day November Span; 8 Deaths that Month
  The province of Alberta has the lowest union density of any Canadian province. Perhaps not surprisingly, this has led to unsafe working conditions for construction workers. In 2012 Alberta had a unionization rate of 23.5 percent, well below the national average of 31.5 percent.  As The Militant reports, Alberta had four construction...
Dec
2014
8

UPS, FedEx Among the Companies Who Lobby to Keep Exhausted Drivers, Pilots on the Job

UPS, FedEx Among the Companies Who Lobby to Keep Exhausted Drivers, Pilots on the Job
  When we think of occupational hazards, two primary types of situations come to mind: people working without proper training or without proper equipment. The result can be anything from a fall to a tragic encounter with a dangerous piece of equipment. Just as dangerous, however, can be something as unassuming as fatigue, especially in...