Archive for the ‘SAFETY’ Category

Apr
2013
2

EFFECT and EFFECT: NYC’s Paid Sick Days Bill to Go Into Effect in 2014, Effect Similar Battles Across US Immediately

A deal has been struck by the New York City Council to pass mandatory paid sick days. Although it is likely to be vetoed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch opponent of the bill, the council reportedly has enough votes to override the veto. The bill is the result of a three-year battle fought by …
Mar
2013
15

Insulators Union Votes to Set Aside Four Cents for Every Hour Worked to Establish a Tissue Bank Which Will Aid in Mesothelioma Research

A new weapon in the International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators’ war against mesothelioma was introduced at their recent national convention when a vote was cast to set aside four cents for every hour of work to establish the Insulators Tissue Bank.  Through work with Mt. Sinai Hospital, the fund will help provide optimal …
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Mar
2013
5

34-Year Old Father of Four Killed by Electrocution Due to Willful Negligence, OSHA Says

After a September incident that ended in the death of 34-year old Joseph Janisch, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined Janisch’s employer, Highway Technologies Inc., $448,000 and issued a long list of citations. The company, which has been inspected by OSHA10 times since 2007, is being placed in the…
Feb
2013
21

New SPLC Report Outlines the Horrors, Potential Solutions for H-2A/H-2B Guest Worker Programs

New SPLC Report Outlines the Horrors, Potential Solutions for H-2A/H-2B Guest Worker Programs
Those who wish to expand the current system of bringing temporary workers to the United States via guest worker programs might want to heed the warnings of The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and their new report, “Close To Slavery.” The report documents the abuses experienced by workers in this flawed system, something former House…
Feb
2013
19

Silica Dust Regs Being Held Up by Obama Admin, Pro-Business Lobbies While Workers Suffer

Silica Dust Regs Being Held Up by Obama Admin, Pro-Business Lobbies While Workers Suffer
A frequently overlooked complaint about President Obama administration is a lack of progress in protecting workers from the dangerous effects of silica dust. The dangers are well-known and dealt with on a daily basis but the administration has nonetheless been inactive on the subject. On February 14th, 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health…
Feb
2013
14

OSHA Hits Bacardi With 12 Safety Violations, $192,000 Fine Following Temp Worker’s Death During First Day on the Job

OSHA Hits Bacardi With 12 Safety Violations, $192,000 Fine Following Temp Worker's Death During First Day on the Job
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited the Bacardi Bottling Corp. with 12 alleged safety violations following the death of a 21-year old temporary worker who was killed on his first day on the job. Proposed penalties for the willful and serious violations total $192,000. The victim, Lawrence Daquan Davis, was placed at …
Feb
2013
11

Bill Clinton Makes Push for Paid Sick Days, Says FMLA Was Most Popular Law He Passed

Bill Clinton Makes Push for Paid Sick Days, Says FMLA Was Most Popular Law He Passed
In a speech to the Department of Labor, former President Bill Clinton pushed for paid sick days to be part of an expanded version of his Family and Medical Leave Act. Joined by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Clinton suggested that the act he signed into law nearly two decades …
Feb
2013
5

In 2012, the Mining Industry Set Another Record for Fewest Fatalities, but Data Still Shows Strong Correlation Between Lack of Training and Deaths

Data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) shows that fatalities in the mining industry reached an all-time low in 2012, mostly thanks to stricter standards. This marks the second straight year in which the fatality number, calculated by considering fatalities per 200,000 hours worked, bottomed out…
Feb
2013
2

REPORT: Majority of Texas Construction Workers Work More Than 40-Hour Weeks, 52% Live in Poverty

REPORT: Majority of Texas Construction Workers Work More Than 40-Hour Weeks, 52% Live in Poverty
New numbers reveal the harsh reality for Texas construction workers: a majority work over 40 hours each week yet 52 percent still live in poverty. The construction industry in Texas is said to be booming, especially when compared with the industry in other regions, but the uptick in projects and funding does not seem to …
Jan
2013
22

FLURIDA: Sunshine State GOP, Chamber Doing Everything They Can to Prevent Paid Sick Days

FLURIDA: Sunshine State GOP, Chamber Doing Everything They Can to Prevent Paid Sick Days
The flu epidemic that struck the United States this winter has renewed the conversation about the importance of paid sick days for workers, eliciting different reactions from different state governments. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a public health emergency using executive orders to change state laws in order to help those in need …
Jan
2013
17

NightmareLiner: Boeing Ignored Skeptics, Outsourced Production of 787, Put 1000s at Risk

NightmareLiner: Boeing Ignored Skeptics, Outsourced Production of 787, Put 1000s at Risk
UPDATE: The FAA has grounded the Dreamliner in the U.S. If you take a look at the last few years, you’d think industry giant Boeing has been as much a pioneer of union-busting as it has been of aviation. After infamously moving an entire production facility from worker-friendly Washington to “Right-to-Work” South Carolina in…
Jan
2013
16

REPORT: Companies “Accepting High Injury Rates” Among Contingent Workers Because They are “Largely Insulated from the Economic Consequences”

A new report from the Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) shows that American industry’s reliance on “contingent workers” poses a heightened threat to worker safety that demands government action. The report, “At the Company’s Mercy: Protecting Contingent Workers from Unsafe Working Conditions,” states that…