Archive for the ‘SAFETY’ Category

Jan
2013
15

Drywall Manufacturers, Homebuilder Lobbies Weaken Drywall Safety Act, Endanger Homeowners

Drywall Manufacturers, Homebuilder Lobbies Weaken Drywall Safety Act, Endanger Homeowners
The Drywall Safety Act of 2012 was heralded as a bipartisan achievement that would protect homeowners by setting limits on the amount of odorous sulfur gas that could be in the common building material. After problems arose from dangerous drywall being used post-Katrina — most of which was importehttps://wepartypatriots.com/files/wp/category/safety/page/d from china — politicians began to …
Jan
2013
7

DID YOU KNOW? LiUNA Apprentices Log 3,600 Hours of Supervised Work Before Becoming Journeymen

DID YOU KNOW? LiUNA Apprentices Log 3,600 Hours of Supervised Work Before Becoming Journeymen
For the past 12 years, apprentices at the Northern California Laborers Training Center have been taught cutting edge, construction industry-specific skills with an emphasis on safety. Apprentices in the LiUNA-run program are trained to work a diverse array of jobs while receiving valuable career advice before being sent to work sites to master…
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Dec
2012
20

Employer to Worker: “Get in the Hole or Go Home.” OSHA to Employer: Oh, Hell No.

Employer to Worker:
The U.S. Department of Labor is suing DKS Structural Services for allegedly firing an employee who refused to work in unsafe conditions. According to the complaint, DKS fired an employee after he refused to enter a 15-foot trench that did not have adequate safety measures to prevent cave-ins. OSHA inspected and sided with the worker …
Dec
2012
4

Call Center Manager to Pregnant Employee: We Don’t “Pay You to Pee”

A lawsuit against National Processing of America — an inbound/outbound call center in Kansas City, KS — claims that the company fired an employee due to her high-risk pregnancy. April Roller, who had previously been promoted to management in January of 2011, says the company tried to “accommodate” her morning sickness by…
Nov
2012
30

OSHA Fines Hartford Company $139,000 for Electrical, Ventilation Neglect

According to the Department of Labor’s website, OSHA has proposed $139,000 in fines for Associated Spring-Barnes Group Inc. following an inspection by the Hartford Area Office that found electrical, mechanical, exit access, fall and combustible dust hazards. OSHA also cited the company for 30 alleged “serious violations” of…
Nov
2012
16

CPWR Launches “One-Stop Source of Information” on How to Work Safely with Silica

CPWR Launches
Several common construction tasks expose workers to dangerous silica dust which causes silicosis, a severe disease that can scar the lungs. So, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), has launched a new website, Silica-Safe, that allows workers to research the substance and ask questions about its dangers. Importantly, the site…
Oct
2012
22

Andy Gammon Died on the Job. Four Companies Violated Procedure and Were Fined Just $15,300.

Conceptually, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s responsibility is to ensure workers are not exposed to unsafe conditions thus allowing them to return home from work to care for their families. But in actuality, OSHA’s main task is not to affect worker behavior whatsoever. Rather, their main impact comes when they…
Oct
2012
18

New York Could be a National Change Agent in the Fight for Paid Sick Leave, If Not for Christine Quinn

New York Could be a National Change Agent in the Fight for Paid Sick Leave, If Not for Christine Quinn
The battle for paid sick days in New York City is putting focus on the presumed 2013 Mayoral front runner, current Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and her refusal to allow a vote on the subject. Quinn has also not pursued a compromise. A national movement towards requiring companies to provide sick leave for employees is …
Oct
2012
12

Insulators Union Protests Scott Brown’s False Ad Regarding Elizabeth Warren and Asbestos Victims

Insulators Union Protests Scott Brown's False Ad Regarding Elizabeth Warren and Asbestos Victims
Recently, tucked in a few longer articles about endorsements in the Massachusetts Senate race between Scott Brown (R) and Elizabeth Warren (D) was the news that the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers Union, Local 6, had staged a protest outside a Brown press conference to set the record straight regarding …
Sep
2012
24

Newly Signed Bipartisan CA Bill Gives Workers a 29% Boost in Injury Compensation

Newly Signed Bipartisan CA Bill Gives Workers a 29% Boost in Injury Compensation
A bipartisan bill that aims to reduce workers’ compensation costs for businesses while increasing benefits for workers injured on the job was signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown last week. The dramatic rise in the cost of workers’ compensation insurance for businesses over the past two years, from $14.8 billion to $19…
Sep
2012
20

Workers Finally Experiencing Sufficient Legal Protections? Lawsuits Filed in Record Numbers This Year Under FLSA

Workers Finally Experiencing Sufficient Legal Protections? Lawsuits Filed in Record Numbers This Year Under FLSA
According to a new survey by the law firm Seyfarth Shaw, more lawsuits were filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act by March of this year (7,064) than were filed in the year 2011 (7,006). The news shows that workers are both standing up for their rights in record numbers and that political and legislative …
Sep
2012
6

Pres. Obama Signs Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans

Last week, President Obama issued an executive order directing key federal departments to improve access to mental health services for military veterans and their families. Expanded services will include access to substance abuse programs and increased suicide prevention measures. Many of our nation’s sons and daughters who took up a call to…