Archive for the ‘SAFETY’ Category

Jun
2013
27

BART Strike Looms in San Francisco as Officials Trot Out “Phony” Budget Crisis

BART Strike Looms in San Francisco as Officials Trot Out
  Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers may go on strike as early as Monday citing unchecked safety concerns and a lack of good faith bargaining during recent contract negotiations.   Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021, which represents 1,430 mechanics, custodians and clerical workers at BART, voted on…
Jun
2013
27

Dangerous ALEC and CoC-Backed Asbestos Bill Allows “Victims to Be Re-Victimized”

Dangerous ALEC and CoC-Backed Asbestos Bill Allows
  A Republican-backed bill is being pushed through the House Judiciary Committee to make it harder for victims of asbestos to seek fair compensation. The mission of the bill is ostensibly to end abuse and fraud in asbestos based lawsuits. It has been supported along the way by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the …
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Jun
2013
19

Insurance Company-Funded Democrat Behind Attempt to Undermine Law That Protects Workers Suffering from Scaffolding Fall Injuries

In New York, legislators are looking to change a law that has been on the books since 1885 which protects workers who fall from scaffolding on construction sites.   For the past 128 years, the burden of proof following a fall-related injury has been on the contractor. If the work site is proven by the …
Jun
2013
19

Pair of Plant Explosions Rock Louisiana, Keep OSHA Underfunding Flame Burning

Pair of Plant Explosions Rock Louisiana, Keep OSHA Underfunding Flame Burning
  The Occupational Safety & Health Administration is investigating a plant explosion that killed one worker near Donaldsville, Louisiana, the second of two explosions that rocked the state last weekend. The other blast was in Geismar and claimed two lives. The CF Industries Holdings plant in Donaldsville is the nation’s largest…
Jun
2013
10

CA Building Trades Sponsor Bill to Prevent “Deceptive and Unfair” Use of Worker Earnings Deduction

  This is a cross-post from the State Building & Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC) website, written by SBCTC president Robbie Hunter… *** Anti-union contractors deduct earnings from workers’ paychecks. They use the money to fund committees that falsely claim to be about labor compliance, but actually exist solely…
Jun
2013
6

Philadelphia Building Trades Union Alerted Inspections Office to Center City’s Dangers

Philadelphia Building Trades Union Alerted Inspections Office to Center City's Dangers
  When the awful story of yesterday’s fatal Philadelphia building collapse broke, our first inclination was to find out who the contractor was and how they could be so careless. Video subsequently surfaced of the company, Griffin- Campbell, doing a less than bang up job at a previous demolition last weekend adding fuel to the …
Jun
2013
6

Misclassified Worker’s 15-Foot Fall Turns Into Groton Construction’s “$500,000 Mistake”

Misclassified Worker's 15-Foot Fall Turns Into Groton Construction's
  The Maine legal blog Maine at Work recently provided an example of how costly purposefully misclassifying employees can be. The case comes from Lincoln County Superior Court where Skip White found out he was not eligible for worker’s compensation after a horrendous work-related fall. Lawyer Jeff White explains what he calls Groton…
Jun
2013
3

Wrongful Termination Following Whistleblowing at Medical Center Results in $2 Million Settlement

Wrongful Termination Following Whistleblowing at Medical Center Results in $2 Million Settlement
  A worker at the Bayonne Medical Center in Bayonne, NJ, has been awarded $2.1 million after suing his employer under the New Jersey Whistleblower Law.   Ceferino Doculan, a 20-year veteran of the hospital, was unfairly terminated after pointing out improper procedures at the Medical Center.  A jury awarded him punitive damages, $80,000 in …
May
2013
22

NLRB Grants USW Access to Caterpillar Facility for Safety Inspection Following Worker Fatality

  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has sided with unions in a case pertaining to access to company facilities for health and safety inspections. The United Steelworkers took legal action following a fatal accident at a Caterpillar facility. In NLRB case No. 97, Caterpillar objected to the request for access to the facility claiming…
May
2013
22

MILESTONE: Workers at TN Plant Achieve 20 Million Man Hours Without a Lost Time Injury

MILESTONE: Workers at TN Plant Achieve 20 Million Man Hours Without a Lost Time Injury
Some remarkable safety-related news out of Tennessee where the Project Team at the Watts Bar 2 Completion Project has announced, get this, 20 million hours worked without a lost time injury (LTI). LTI’s are defined as occurring when a person injured in the execution of his/her duties is unable to perform his/her regular duties for …
May
2013
21

CT Sen. Blumenthal Urges OMB to Move Forward With Silica Dust Regulation

CT Sen. Blumenthal Urges OMB to Move Forward With Silica Dust Regulation
New regulations surrounding dangerous silica dust have been swirling in a bureaucratic black hole for years. Now, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to move forward in the name of workers and families. The AFL-CIO and its affiliate unions have long urged President Obama to move forward with …
May
2013
20

NEGLIGENCE SANS CONSEQUENCE: IL Worker Death from Toxic Inhalation Results in Measly $77,200 Fine

NEGLIGENCE SANS CONSEQUENCE: IL Worker Death from Toxic Inhalation Results in Measly $77,200 Fine
Illinois-based Phoenix Industrial Cleaning has been fined $77,200 and issued 28 citations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following the death of a worker who was overcome by toxic vapors while cleaning a storage tank.  The 6,000-gallon tank had previously been used to store Methylene chloride.  The accident occurred…