Posts Tagged ‘Safety’

Aug
2016
16

IBEW 461 Records 30,000 Work Hours on Wrigley Factory Expansion Without a Single Lost Time Incident

IBEW 461 Records 30,000 Work Hours on Wrigley Factory Expansion Without a Single Lost Time Incident
  Wrigley’s just spent $50 million on a 145,000 square-foot Skittles factory expansion in Yorkville, IL. They hired members of the local building trades to complete the 1.5 year construction project, and the results were remarkable: IBEW Local 461’s workforce reached 30,000 hours without a lost time incident while working on two…
Jul
2016
6

New Pro-Prevailing Wage Campaign in MO: “This Isn’t Just a Policy, It’s Personal”

New Pro-Prevailing Wage Campaign in MO:
  Right-to-Work. Paycheck protection. Prevailing wage repeal. If a law is anti-worker, the Missouri GOP will try as many times as it can to implement it. That’s why the Committee to Protect MO Families has launched a public awareness campaign to educate Missourians on the benefits of the prevailing wage. Their new ad features Navy vet…
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Jun
2016
22

Canadian Trades Throw Weight Behind Important Safety Measure: a Registry of Employer Misconduct

Canadian Trades Throw Weight Behind Important Safety Measure: a Registry of Employer Misconduct
  In Canada, a private member’s bill that would create a registry of workplace dangers has passed its first reading. It is being supported by the Building and Construction Trades at the national level.  The bill, C-292, would amend the Canadian Labour Code to require the Minister of Labour to maintain a registry containing information…
Jun
2016
15

Building Trades, Community Orgs Make Final Push for a Just Sentence in 23-Year-Old’s Workplace Death

Building Trades, Community Orgs Make Final Push for a Just Sentence in 23-Year-Old's Workplace Death
  A coalition of community groups, labor unions, and worker centers are calling for a conviction during the final days of arguments in a case against Harco Construction, LLC.  The case centers around the death of 23-year-old Carlos Moncayo, who was killed in an excavation collapse in New York City’s Meatpacking District in April of…
Jun
2016
9

All-Too-Rare Jail Time Could Be Served by Brooklyn Contractor Following Worker’s Six-Story Fall

All-Too-Rare Jail Time Could Be Served by Brooklyn Contractor Following Worker's Six-Story Fall
  Salvatore Schirripa, a Bensonhurst-based business owner, has been charged with manslaughter following the death of one of his workers at a Coney Island construction site in April of 2015.  The worker, 50-year-old Vidal Sanchez-Ramon, fell six stories to his death while smoothing concrete on the edge of a building.  No wire cable…
May
2016
4

Tappan Zee Bridge Reconstruction, Under PLA, Announces Astounding Safety Record Thus Far

Tappan Zee Bridge Reconstruction, Under PLA, Announces Astounding Safety Record Thus Far
  The organizations helping to build the new Tappan Zee Bridge had a lot to celebrate this week, as their impressive safety record and massive training efforts were quantified. The $4 billion project is a massive undertaking, and on Monday a reportable incident rate of 0.63 percent per 100 employees, more than five times lower [&hellip…;
Apr
2016
4

Yellowstone Workers File Asbestos, Retaliation Claims vs. National Parks Contractor

Yellowstone Workers File Asbestos, Retaliation Claims vs. National Parks Contractor
  A former maintenance worker at Yellowstone National Park has filed a claim that he was retaliated against after he and five of his co-workers were exposed to asbestos while performing work at the iconic Old Faithful Inn.  Speaking to the Associated Press, Jon Kline said that the employer, Xanterra Parks & Resorts, began giving…
Mar
2016
2

Sen. Boxer, Slew of Opponents Again Forced to Beat Back Anti-Trucker Safety Provision in FAA Bill

Sen. Boxer, Slew of Opponents Again Forced to Beat Back Anti-Trucker Safety Provision in FAA Bill
  In a news conference on Friday, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) exposed a poison pill rider to the latest Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) bill that was attached at the behest of lobbyists who wish to see regulations concerning truck driver safety rolled back.  The same rider was attached to a highway bill last year before [&hellip…;
Jan
2016
22

Ruling Could Set New Precedent for OSHA to Issue Company-Wide Safety Violation Repercussions

  A ruling by an administrative judge could give the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) the authority to order employers to abate hazards at all of their worksites, not just those that have been inspected for violations.  The 2014 case at the center of the situation involves Michigan-based Central Transport LLC, which had…
Dec
2015
14

Massive Rally, Slew of New Bills Aim to Right NYC’s Construction Safety Wrongs

Massive Rally, Slew of New Bills Aim to Right NYC's Construction Safety Wrongs
  In New York City, thousands of construction workers rallied at City Hall last week to demand safer work conditions and draw attention to the recent increase in fatalities and injuries on work sites.  The rally was preceded by a march which began at a non-union worksite and featured union members in black hardhats carrying [&hellip…;
Dec
2015
9

NYC Construction Deaths Doubled From ’14 to ’15; Majority of Injuries are to Undocumented Immigrants

NYC Construction Deaths Doubled From '14 to '15; Majority of Injuries are to Undocumented Immigrants
  An investigative report from the New York Times found that the number of fatalities and injuries on construction sites in New York City surged in the last two years, partially due to what they label “woefully inadequate” safety conditions.  Using data from the NYC Buildings Department, NYT reveals that 10 workers died on construction…
Nov
2015
17

Budget Bill Has Hidden Provision That Will Actually Help Workers

Budget Bill Has Hidden Provision That Will Actually Help Workers
  A victory for workers is hidden in Section 701 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 which will mean the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) can increase its penalties for the first time in 25 years.  The bill, signed on November 2nd, includes language that significantly increases the maximum penalties that can be [&hellip…;