Archive for the ‘SAFETY’ Category

Apr
2014
23

AFL-CIO: Threat of Deportation Preventing Immigrants from Reporting Bad Bosses, Unsafe Working Conditions

  The AFL-CIO is calling on the Obama Administration to cease needless deportations in order to encourage immigrants to report unsafe workplace conditions and safety violations.  The labor lobby recommends that the Department of Homeland Security grant low-priority immigrants affirmative relief from deportation and work authorization.   The...
Apr
2014
23

OSHA, Georgia Organizations Form Alliance to Fight Silica Dust Inhalation

OSHA, Georgia Organizations Form Alliance to Fight Silica Dust Inhalation
  In hopes of educating Georgia workers about the dangers of working with silica dust, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed an alliance with several organizations to advance research and safety measures that will help avoid overexposure to the substance.  In Atlanta, representatives of OSHA, the Georgia Tech...
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Apr
2014
18

A Year After West Explosion, “Burden on Business” Still Supersedes Texas Worker Safety

A Year After West Explosion,
  A year after the explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant left 15 people dead and 300 injured, little progress has been made toward new laws and regulations to prevent a similar tragedy from occurring again. The company responsible for the original tragedy was issued a couple dozen citations by the Occupational Safety and ...
Apr
2014
10

Fine-Dodging Repeat Violator Cited by OSHA Following Explosion

Fine-Dodging Repeat Violator Cited by OSHA Following Explosion
  OSHA is investigating a late March explosion at Alco Metal & Iron Co. in San Leandro, CA which sent a propane tank smashing into a car where a man had been sitting.   According to Inside Bay Area News, the company has been cited six times in the past decade for violations ranging from ...
Apr
2014
4

GW University Study Aims to Take Construction Safety, Fall Prevention, a Step Further than OSHA

GW University Study Aims to Take Construction Safety, Fall Prevention, a Step Further than OSHA
  The George Washington University School of Public Health has used the construction of a nearby building to advance their studies of construction safety practices.  In teaming with the project’s general contractor, Whiting-Turner, the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health was able to use the development at 950 New...
Mar
2014
17

Haunted Houses: Asbestos-Related Health Problems Still on the Rise

Haunted Houses: Asbestos-Related Health Problems Still on the Rise
  An English law firm specializing in asbestos compensation claims has released an infographic showing that, despite being mostly banned, asbestos-related health problems continue to pose a serious risk. The toxic effects of the chemical can take up to 35 years to develop in the human body, so work performed in decades past can quickly ...
Mar
2014
5

Violate, Rinse, Repeat: Non-Union ABC Contractor Cited Following Truck Driver’s Severed Foot

Violate, Rinse, Repeat: Non-Union ABC Contractor Cited Following Truck Driver's Severed Foot
  County Materials Corp., an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) aligned “merit shop” from Plover, Wisconsin, has been fined by OSHA following an investigation into an incident at an Elderon worksite. On September 19, 2013, a driver had his foot severed and his femur crushed. OSHA found that the incident occurred when a cable on ...
Mar
2014
5

IBEW’s RENEW Program Pulling Younger Generation into the Electrical Trade Before It’s Too Late

IBEW's RENEW Program Pulling Younger Generation into the Electrical Trade Before It's Too Late
  “There are more people retiring than people coming into the pipeline,” Caleb Long, a second generation electrician with a B.S. and M.P.A. from the University of Tennessee, tells The Chattanoogan. And the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), along with the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), want to...
Feb
2014
27

Steelworkers Union, Father of Fallen Worker Question Tesoro’s Refinery Safety Practices

Steelworkers Union, Father of Fallen Worker Question Tesoro's Refinery Safety Practices
  Unions are questioning Tesoro’s commitment to safety following the company’s underwhelming response to a February incident at California’s Golden Eagle Refinery that left two workers injured.  The United Steelworkers are demanding that Tesoro develop a “comprehensive, cohesive” safety program. At the heart of the...
Feb
2014
27

U-Con: Undocumented Workers, Underpayments, Tax-Dodging Found on Huskies’ New Hoops Facility Site

U-Con: Undocumented Workers, Underpayments, Tax-Dodging Found on Huskies' New Hoops Facility Site
  Two subcontractors working on the University of Connecticut’s new $32 million basketball facility could face tens of thousands of dollars of fines after a surprise visit from the Department of Labor found them violating payroll laws. The companies were not listing workers on the payroll, instead paying them in cash to avoid paying state ...
Feb
2014
26

Upstate NY Town Votes to Require Apprenticeship Programs on Large-Scale Project

  The town of Hamburg, NY will begin to require contractors bidding on jobs over $300,000 to have a state approved apprenticeship program following a 2-1 vote by the town board on Monday.  Hamburg, which is just south of Buffalo, had a similar law in effect from 2004 to 2008.   The new resolution states ...
Feb
2014
4

MO Newspaper: Building Trades Apprenticeships Too Valuable to Let “Right-to-Work” Ruin

MO Newspaper: Building Trades Apprenticeships Too Valuable to Let
  As the Missouri state legislature prepares to once more battle over “Right-to-Work”, sides are being taken statewide. Newspapers and news outlets are being inundated with letters of support for, and opposition to, the divisive policy.  The pervasive Republican thinking is that unions are the cause of the nation’s economic problems...