Archive for the ‘SAFETY’ Category

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,...
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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 ...
Jul
2014
8

Unions Discover Teenage Boy Working on Elementary School Construction Site in Minnesota

Unions Discover Teenage Boy Working on Elementary School Construction Site in Minnesota
  Teachers and laborers want answers after it was discovered that a minor was working on the $880,000 expansion of Cornelia Elementary in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina.  Union reps who had been monitoring the worksite snapped photos of a young boy, age 13 or 14, performing dangerous work including operating a bobcat without proper ...
Jun
2014
16

REPORT: Transport of Crude “Environmentally Catastrophic” By Rail; Keystone XL Safer

REPORT: Transport of Crude
  A pair of recently released reports show that failure to move the Keystone XL pipeline forward could lead to increased environmental harm resulting from the transportation of crude oil by rail.  Together the reports suggest that demand for crude oil is independent of the pipeline’s construction and that oil companies in states such...
Jun
2014
16

Hall of Shame: Construction Fall Results in Record-Breaking Injury Settlement

  In Connecticut, an undocumented worker who was paralyzed in a 2007 construction fall has won the largest compensation settlement in the state’s history.  24-year-old Estuardo Ceballos has been awarded $4.5 million and the insurer will modify the victim’s home in Central America and provide him with a specially outfitted van.   Mr....
Jun
2014
10

Integrity of MI Construction Co. Lamar Called Into Question After Dog Receives Welding License

Integrity of MI Construction Co. Lamar Called Into Question After Dog Receives Welding License
  The Worker’s Freedom Coalition (WFC) has revealed that a one-year-old basset hound-chihuahua mix named Henry Wolfe received his welding certification from NDT Materials testing facility, a sign of how easily the system can be manipulated by unscrupulous contractors.  WFC says they first became aware of the inadequacies of the system...
Jun
2014
6

Amazon Warehouse Worker Death Sparks OSHA Investigation in PA

Amazon Warehouse Worker Death Sparks OSHA Investigation in PA
  OSHA is leading an investigation into the death of Jody Rhoads, who died while working at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Carlisle, PA.   Rhoads, 52, was pronounced dead at the Carlisle Regional Medical Center.  The Cumberland County Coroner said that a motorized pallet jack Ms. Rhoads was operating crashed into some shelving. In ...