Archive for the ‘SAFETY’ Category

Aug
2014
18

REPORT: Many Workplace Deaths Related to Irresponsible Contracting, Exploitable Labor in TX and Other “Right-to-Work” States

REPORT: Many Workplace Deaths Related to Irresponsible Contracting, Exploitable Labor in TX and Other
  Days after the Texas Workforce Commission praised the economy as strong in part due to the strength of the construction industry, the Dallas Morning News ran a weekend feature about the dangers of construction in the Lone Star State.  Their investigative report echoes past arguments made by the Workers Defense Project and the AFL-CIO...
Aug
2014
14

PLA on Mass. Bridge Project Mandated Safety Training that Saved Stranded Kayakers’ Lives

PLA on Mass. Bridge Project Mandated Safety Training that Saved Stranded Kayakers' Lives
  When Newburyport, Massachusetts resident Rosalie Cuticchia found herself in danger during a recent kayak excursion, an unlikely team of rescure workers came to her aid. The construction crew working on the Whittier Bridge overhead had been drilled on how to react in this scenario, and these drills may have saved Cuticchia’s life.  ...
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Aug
2014
11

Political Scaff: Data Tampering by Anti-Safety Biz Advocates Exposed in Vital Report

Political Scaff: Data Tampering by Anti-Safety Biz Advocates Exposed in Vital Report
  An article from the Albany Times-Union shows evidence of data tampering in a report on the state’s contentious scaffolding law. Between the initial draft and a final version of the report, the estimate of the law’s cost was artificially increased.   The study, conducted by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, was paid...
Jul
2014
29

9/11 Claimed Nearly 3000 Lives. Cancer Related to the Rescue and Clean Up May Claim 3000 More.

9/11 Claimed Nearly 3000 Lives. Cancer Related to the Rescue and Clean Up May Claim 3000 More.
  The official number of deaths resulting from the infamous 9/11 Al-Qaeda attacks stands at 2,996. But by the middle of this century, that number could as much as double. That’s because more than 2,500 of the workers who helped in the crucial moments and months following the World Trade Center attacks have cancer.   [&hellip...
Jul
2014
29

$800 Million Asbestos Settlement Will End Rust-Oleum Maker’s Worker Harming Days

$800 Million Asbestos Settlement Will End Rust-Oleum Maker's Worker Harming Days
  The Medina, OH based RPM International, makers of Rust-Oleum and other specialty paints, has agreed to spend nearly $800 million to fund a trust that would resolve asbestos-based personal injury claims against the company.  The settlement is less than the $1.17 billion a judge had previously suggested they could owe and still needs to...
Jul
2014
28

United Way, GOP Gov and Dem Mayor All on Hand as MI’s “Access for All” Graduates First Class

  In the City of Detroit, the first class of the pre-apprenticeship program “Access For All” graduated last week, prepared to enter apprenticeships in the Building and Construction Trades.  The program enjoys bipartisan support from both Republican Governor Rick Snyder and the Mayor of Detroit, Democrat Mike Duggan.   The...
Jul
2014
24

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force
  Six years after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick created the Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy (JTF) via executive order, the highly successful program will become statute thanks to language in the state’s newly enacted minimum wage law.   Recent reports show that in 2013 alone the JTF recovered $15.6 million in back wages,...
Jul
2014
23

Canada Passed an Asbestos Law Aimed at Raising Safety and Awareness, but Nobody is Complying With It

  The early months of a new asbestos registry in Saskatchewan are proving problematic as many institutions required to provide reports have failed to do so and others have submitted reports over two decades old.   Jesse Todd, whose stepfather Howard Willems died of mesothelioma after a 31-year career as a building inspector, pushed for...
Jul
2014
23

Limited to 6 Minutes of Daily Bathroom Use, Teamsters Local Takes Chicago Employer to NLRB

Limited to 6 Minutes of Daily Bathroom Use, Teamsters Local Takes Chicago Employer to NLRB
  In Chicago, a showdown over bathroom breaks between WaterSaver Faucet Company workers and management has made its way to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  New regulations from the company allots six minutes per day for each employee to use the bathroom and violators are being forced to discuss their bathroom activities and face...
Jul
2014
18

Rail Industry, Long Marred by Managerial Retaliation and Lack of Regulation, Now Improving

  An incredible article from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) gives a detailed look into the rail industry and the efforts made to change a centuries old culture of heavy-handed retaliation by management when workers question the status quo.   Since the inception of the labor movement, the rail industry has found...
Jul
2014
18

NY Building Trades Leader: Insurance Co.’s to Blame for Many Scaffold Law Attacks

  The president of the New York State Building & Construction Trades Council, James Cahill, is calling out state leaders in Albany who seek to dismantle worker-protective scaffolding laws. Noting the importance of the law for workers hoping to restart life after catastrophic injuries, Cahill questions why the focus of opponents’...
Jul
2014
14

Out of Hospital Following Tragic Highway Wreck, Tracy Morgan Sues Walmart Over Overworked Trucker

Out of Hospital Following Tragic Highway Wreck, Tracy Morgan Sues Walmart Over Overworked Trucker
  A month after his limousine was hit by a tractor trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike, actor Tracy Morgan has been released from a rehabilitation facility and has announced a lawsuit against Walmart.   According to the lawsuit, the driver involved in the incident — which killed one and injured three — had traveled [&hellip...