Archive for the ‘SAFETY’ Category

Jan
2017
3

Following Deadly Crash, Suit Claims District’s Use of Out-of-Town Bus Contractor Violated Student Rights

Following Deadly Crash, Suit Claims District's Use of Out-of-Town Bus Contractor Violated Student Rights
  Last November, six students died in a tragic school bus accident in Chattanooga, TN. Now, a federal class action lawsuit is being brought against the Hamilton County School District and Durham School Services on behalf of an injured student. The lawsuit accuses the school district of violating students’ constitutional rights by...
Dec
2016
21

Exposé Reveals “Years of Exposure to Highly Toxic Chemicals” at Ontario GE Plant

Exposé Reveals
  The Toronto Star has published a shocking exposé on health conditions at a General Electric (GE) plant in Peterborough, Ontario. The plant now is up to code, but years of exposure to highly toxic chemicals have done irreversible damage to the health of many former plant employees: A silent tragedy has ravaged a tight-knit community...
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Dec
2016
21

Powerful NYC Council Speaker Suggests Support for Building Trades Apprenticeship Legislation

Powerful NYC Council Speaker Suggests Support for Building Trades Apprenticeship Legislation
  New York Building and Construction Trades Council President Gary LaBarbera has been pushing the New York City Council to pass legislation that would require apprenticeship training for construction workers on projects more than 10 stories high. After the falling death of 59-year-old Wilfredo Enrique earlier this month – the latest in a...
Dec
2016
20

Facing Rise in Construction Fatalities, Anti-Union Contractor Lobbies Simply Repeat Themselves

Facing Rise in Construction Fatalities, Anti-Union Contractor Lobbies Simply Repeat Themselves
  According to a new report from the Department of Labor (DOL), construction workplace fatalities reached a seven-year peak in 2015. The report, released last week by the DOL’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), says private construction industry fatalities increased by 4%, from 899 to 937, between 2014 and 2015. They also note the...
Dec
2016
13

“Merit” Shop: Death in Brooklyn Brings Non-Union NYC Fatality Total to 26 Over Two Years

  A tragic accident has claimed the life of yet another New York City construction worker. Wilfredo Enrique, 59, fell to his death while installing a facade at 325 Kent Avenue. He was working a development at the site of the former Domino Sugar refinery on the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn. New York has seen a sharp increase in...
Nov
2016
18

Boston Ordinance Would Allow City to Reject Contractors with History of Violations

Boston Ordinance Would Allow City to Reject Contractors with History of Violations
  Last month in Boston, two men died at an Atlantic Drain Services job site when a ruptured water main flooded the 12-foot-deep trench they were working in. Prior to the accident, Atlantic Drain Services received fines totaling more than $140,000 for a decade’s worth of safety violations. Now, Mayor Martin J. Walsh has proposed [&hellip...
Nov
2016
9

A Vote for Precedent: Supervisor Charged with Homicide in NYC Construction Worker’s Death

A Vote for Precedent: Supervisor Charged with Homicide in NYC Construction Worker's Death
  Wilmer Cueva, the excavation supervisor overseeing the New York City construction site where a young worker was crushed to death last year, has been charged with criminally negligent homicide. The verdict was handed down Friday, with sentencing scheduled for December 16. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. said companies and...
Oct
2016
27

Building Trades: “Irresponsible Developers” to Blame for NYC’s Non-Union Construction Deaths

Building Trades:
  The City of New York saw yet another construction worker die on the job last week. The Department of Buildings (DOB) issued a stop work order immediately after the accident, which occurred at a Brooklyn hotel site. New York City has experienced a slew of fatal construction accidents of late, prompting local building trades [&hellip...
Oct
2016
19

Perez Slams Workers Comp System: “Federal Gov’t Has Basically Abdicated any Responsibility.”

Perez Slams Workers Comp System:
  A new report from the Department of Labor describes the current state of workers’ compensation laws as a “race to the bottom.” The report, released earlier this month, suggests workers injured on the job are “at great risk of falling into poverty” because state compensation programs have become grossly inadequate....
Sep
2016
23

“Our motivation in this partnership is quite simple. We see tremendous value in the diversification of our workforce.”

  In Alberta, Canada, a job creation partnership between Women Building Futures (WBF), North West Redwater Partnership (NWR), and the Alberta Carpenters Training Centre is putting women to work in the trades. Seven carpenter-slash-scaffolder apprentices who graduated from the WBF program began work at the NWR Sturgeon Refinery in August:...
Sep
2016
19

One Third of NYC Construction Deaths Went “Unrecorded” by the de Blasio Administration in 2015

One Third of NYC Construction Deaths Went
  Not all deaths are created equal. This holds especially true in the City of New York. Of the 17 construction-related deaths reported last year by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), six went unrecorded by the de Blasio administration. It turns out the Department of Buildings, which regulates construction in the city,...
Sep
2016
9

Austin Approves New Standards: Living Wage, OSHA Training, Worker’s Comp, Local Hire

Austin Approves New Standards: Living Wage, OSHA Training, Worker's Comp, Local Hire
  The Austin City Council has approved a resolution that will require worker protection standards for all construction workers on non-residential commercial projects. The resolution is part of a voluntary expedited permitting process designed to help cut down on long and costly wait times. Austin has struggled to keep up with the rate of its...