Archive for the ‘SAFETY’ Category

Dec
2014
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“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...
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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...
Dec
2014
4

Ontario Building Trades: Drill Responsible for Worker Death Should be Considered a Crane, Require Compulsory Certification

  Kyle Knox was 24 when he died on the job. He was working a backhoe when a drill rig being operated by a non-licensed worker fell on him.  He died instantly.  Late last month, the company responsible was fined $400,000 for his death. But long before the incident the framework for looming tragedy was [&hellip...
Nov
2014
21

Employ, Endanger, Repeat: Georgia Automotive Plant with Dangerous History Cited for 27 Violations

  OSHA has cited automotive exhaust manufacturer Tenneco Automotive Operating Co. Inc for a whopping 27 safety and health violations at its Hartwell, Georgia facility.  Eight of the citations were for repeat violations. Tenneco faces $242,550 in penalties and has been placed in the agency’s severe violator enforcement program for...
Oct
2014
31

And Then There Were Two? NJ May Join CT as Only States with Paid Sick Leave Mandates

  The New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee recently voted in favor of a paid sick leave ordinance which, if passed, would make the Garden State the second state with such legislation.  By a 6-3 margin the committee voted to move forward with the proposal which was amended following heated debate to reflect the concerns of [&hellip...
Oct
2014
27

Slew of Violations Result in Fines Following Fires at Hazardous Chemicals Plant in WI

Slew of Violations Result in Fines Following Fires at Hazardous Chemicals Plant in WI
  The Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) has announced that a May inspection of Quest Specialty Coatings in Menomonee Falls, WI resulted in the issuing of eight safety violations and $132,000 of proposed penalties.  The inspection was conducted after OSHA received a complaint about three separate fires at the facility.  Of...
Oct
2014
14

Texas Officials Not Collecting Data on the Race of Injured Workers; Discrimination Suspected as a Result

  Since 1993, state law has required the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDWC) to maintain information on the race and gender of every valid injury claim.  Yet, last year less than 8 percent of claims contained that information.  Without this information those who wish to study racial bias in the workers’ compensation...
Oct
2014
6

In California, Contractors are No Longer Free to Pass the Buck on Subcontractors’ Violations

In California, Contractors are No Longer Free to Pass the Buck on Subcontractors' Violations
  California Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 1897, which holds companies responsible for the labor violations of the companies they have subcontracted to provide labor.  The law aims to curb the tendency to ‘buck-pass’ responsibility for labor violations through a “chain of command” defense.  The law exempts a...
Oct
2014
1

Death by Deregulation: OSHA Embroiled in Battle with AZ Home Builders Lobby Over Fall Prevention

Death by Deregulation: OSHA Embroiled in Battle with AZ Home Builders Lobby Over Fall Prevention
  In Arizona a battle is brewing between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and non-union roofing contractor groups over the state’s protection of workers from falls, which make up roughly 50% of residential construction fatalities and 80% of residential roofing fatalities.  Since the 1990’s, federal regulations...
Sep
2014
22

New Rules Will Force Employers to Report Hospitalizations, Amputations They Previously Kept Secret

New Rules Will Force Employers to Report Hospitalizations, Amputations They Previously Kept Secret
  New rules put in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will require employers to report workplace related hospitalizations, amputations, or losses of an eye within 24 hours.  Previously, OSHA regulations only required employers to report such incidents if they involved three or more people. Now, all incidents...
Sep
2014
18

Florida’s Institutionalized Workers Compensation Fraud Finally Beginning to be Addressed

  A recent report by the Miami Herald exposed “The Florida Plan,” a form of fraud that affects injured workers seeking workers’ compensation.  The report is part of the wave-making series by McClatchy which reveals the various ways in which misclassification harms workers and employers who abide by the law.   Author Nicholas...