Posts Tagged ‘workplace safety’

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...
May
2016
17

OSHA Boosting Public Record-Keeping of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses; Usual Suspects Cry Foul

OSHA Boosting Public Record-Keeping of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses; Usual Suspects Cry Foul
  OSHA has issued a new final rule that will require employers to keep a record of its employees’ injuries and illnesses in hopes of identifying hazards and preventing additional or similar injuries and illnesses.  The big data will be available on the Internet for all to see. According to OSHA, the new final rule [&hellip...
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May
2016
2

AFL-CIO Releases Annual “Death on the Job Report”; OSHA Fines Still Woefully Low

AFL-CIO Releases Annual
  The AFL-CIO released its annual “Death on the Job Report,” marking the 25th year the organization has produced a report detailing the state of worker safety. The report is known for providing depressing figures about the reality of workplace safety, but it is important for ensuring a safer future. Ignorance, in this case, is not...
Jan
2016
8

Report Reveals Brutal Reality of Workers’ Comp “Middlemen” Inflating Costs and Pocketing Profits

Report Reveals Brutal Reality of Workers' Comp
  A recent report from ProPublica explores the world of the “Workers’ Comp Industrial Complex,” wherein a group of middlemen have succeeded in “cutting costs” for companies at the expense of the injured and sick, all while making themselves rich in the process.  In 2013 alone, employers spent an estimated $89 billion on workers’...
Oct
2015
21

CEO on Trial for Explosion that Killed 29: Stopping Black Lung Disease “Not Worth the Effort”

CEO on Trial for Explosion that Killed 29: Stopping Black Lung Disease
  The West Virginia case against ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship continued following the Columbus Day weekend with jurors hearing recordings of phone calls in which Blankenship downplayed the threat that black lung plays in the lives of miners. In the tapes he demonized the U.S. Mine and Safety Health Administration (MSHA) for their role...
Sep
2015
8

Medical Journal: Unionized Construction Workers 29% Less Likely to Suffer Critical Work Injuries

Medical Journal: Unionized Construction Workers 29% Less Likely to Suffer Critical Work Injuries
  A wide-ranging new Canadian study has found that unionized construction workers reported 23 percent fewer injuries that require time off than their non-unionized counterparts.  The study was conducted by the Institute for Work and Health and focused on the years 2006 to 2012. It was published by the Journal of Occupational and...
Aug
2015
10

Construction Owner, Project Manager Sentenced to Unprecedented Jail Time for Worker’s Death in CA

Construction Owner, Project Manager Sentenced to Unprecedented Jail Time for Worker's Death in CA
  The owner of an Alameda, California construction company and a project manager have been sentenced to two years in prison for involuntary manslaughter following the death of a day laborer on their worksite.  The victim, 36-year-old Raul Zapata, died after thousands of pounds of rocks and dirt collapsed from a hillside into a ditch [&hellip...
Jun
2015
19

Goldman Sachs Limits Interns to 17-Hour Workday, Impressing Absolutely No One

Goldman Sachs Limits Interns to 17-Hour Workday, Impressing Absolutely No One
  Goldman Sachs has told its 2,900 interns to take it easy this summer by limiting themselves to a 17-hour day. Yes, folks, you read that right. Working twice as many hours as a normal person is Goldman Sachs’ idea of not overdoing it.  The announcement of the policy “shift” comes two weeks after The [&hellip...
Jun
2015
2

Too Familiar: Faulty Equipment Kills Bar Worker, Bar Is Penalized… $7000

Too Familiar: Faulty Equipment Kills Bar Worker, Bar Is Penalized... $7000
  OSHA has cited the WingDam Saloon and Grill in Fountain City, Wisconsin for a serious violation following the death of a worker who got her head caught in an unsafe dumbwaiter.  The penalty?  A paltry $7,000. The incident occurred on December 1st, 2014. Brooke Baures, an employee at the bar who also attended nearby [&hellip...
Apr
2015
16

Death in Numbers: North Carolina Is Cooking the Workplace Fatality Books, Investigation Finds

Death in Numbers: North Carolina Is Cooking the Workplace Fatality Books, Investigation Finds
  A long read investigative report from The Charlotte News & Observer took a deeper look into the on-the-job fatality numbers provided by the North Carolina Department of Labor and found that due to the agency’s methods many worker deaths are withheld from the public.  According to the paper, 80 workers who died on the [&hellip...
Feb
2015
3

Scores of Amputations, 1000s of Injuries Lead to $1.76M Fine at Ashley Furniture Facility

Scores of Amputations, 1000s of Injuries Lead to $1.76M Fine at Ashley Furniture Facility
  Over 4,500 people work at the Ashley Furniture facility in Arcadia, Wisconsin. Stunningly, during the three-and-a-half year period covered by a new workplace safety investigation more than 1,000 workers suffered injuries.  Go ahead. Catch your breath. These 1,000+ injuries are what Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) found...
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...