Posts Tagged ‘workplace safety’

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…
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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…
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…;
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.  …
Aug
2014
11

Political Scaff: Data Tampering by Anti-Safety Biz Advocates Exposed in Vital Report

Political Scaff: Data Tampering by Anti-Safety Biz Advocates Exposed in Vital Report
  An article from the Albany Times-Union shows evidence of data tampering in a report on the state’s contentious scaffolding law. Between the initial draft and a final version of the report, the estimate of the law’s cost was artificially increased.   The study, conducted by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, was paid…
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’…