Archive for the ‘SAFETY’ Category

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...
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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...
Sep
2014
12

Million Dollar Settlement Results from Worker Death at American Apparel Factory

Million Dollar Settlement Results from Worker Death at American Apparel Factory
  Los Angeles-based American Apparel has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a civil suit after a worker was “mangled and killed” by a knitting machine at its Garden Grove facility.  The employee, 49-year old Tuan Phan, died on August 19, 2011.  Investigators found that the company failed to unplug the machine during maintenance [&hellip...
Sep
2014
3

Uber Drivers in SoCal Align with Teamsters, Prepare to Fight for Safety, Living Wage Protections

Uber Drivers in SoCal Align with Teamsters, Prepare to Fight for Safety, Living Wage Protections
  Southern California Uber drivers belonging to the California App-Based Drivers’ Association (CADA) have aligned themselves with Teamsters Local 986 in hopes of organizing.  The drivers perceive many of the business practices mandated by Uber as “unsafe, deceptive, and unfair.”   CADA has been in existence for over a year but their...
Aug
2014
28

Bricklayers Union Takes on Watchdog Role in Fight Against Misclassification, Exploitation of Immigrants

Bricklayers Union Takes on Watchdog Role in Fight Against Misclassification, Exploitation of Immigrants
  An interesting piece from South Coast Today writer Simon Rios delves into the union/non-union divide that exists in Massachusetts’ masonry industry.  In the article, Jim Pimental, Vice President of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Local 3, discusses the ways unions keep non-union contractors in check when it comes to...
Aug
2014
21

Anti-Union Construction Lobby Slammed for Wanting Workplace Violations Kept from the Feds

Anti-Union Construction Lobby Slammed for Wanting Workplace Violations Kept from the Feds
  Slightly lost in a New York Times article about the Obama administration’s summer meetings with groups who want executive action to bypass congressional gridlock is a very telling quote from the notoriously anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The president wants to take issues such as fairness in federal contracting head...
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.  ...