Posts Tagged ‘OSHA’

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
17

OSHA Boosting Public Record-Keeping of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses; Usual Suspects Cry Foul

OSHA Boosting Public Record-Keeping of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses; Usual Suspects Cry Foul
  OSHA has issued a new final rule that will require employers to keep a record of its employees’ injuries and illnesses in hopes of identifying hazards and preventing additional or similar injuries and illnesses.  The big data will be available on the Internet for all to see. According to OSHA, the new final rule [&hellip…;
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May
2016
2

AFL-CIO Releases Annual “Death on the Job Report”; OSHA Fines Still Woefully Low

AFL-CIO Releases Annual
  The AFL-CIO released its annual “Death on the Job Report,” marking the 25th year the organization has produced a report detailing the state of worker safety. The report is known for providing depressing figures about the reality of workplace safety, but it is important for ensuring a safer future. Ignorance, in this case, is not…
Mar
2016
29

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: Silica Safety Standards Finally Updated After 40-Year Fight

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: Silica Safety Standards Finally Updated After 40-Year Fight
  The Department of Labor has issued a new limit to the amount of Silica Dust a worker can be exposed to. The standard took over four decades to be put in place. In their final rule, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) set the limit at 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, [&hellip…;
Feb
2016
3

Construction Boom Brings Rise in Workplace Injuries; In NYC, “80% of the Deaths Occurred on Non-union Sites”

Construction Boom Brings Rise in Workplace Injuries; In NYC,
  In 2014, fatal injuries on construction sites rose by 5 percent, to a total of 874. Hundreds of thousands of construction workers were hurt on the job, accounting for over one million worker’s compensation claims for both temporary and permanent injuries.  The number of workplace fatalities in 2014 was the highest reported since…
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
18

CT Whistleblower Case Has Workers Breathing Easy Following Exposure to Inhalation Hazards

CT Whistleblower Case Has Workers Breathing Easy Following Exposure to Inhalation Hazards
  The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a complaint against a Connecticut-based retractable awning manufacturer for illegally terminating two employees after they filed safety and health complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  The owner of Eastern Awning Systems Inc., Stephen Lukos, could face a jury trial…
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…;
Oct
2015
15

Pick Your Jaw Up: OSHA Awards Merit to Just 1.8% of Whistleblower Cases

Pick Your Jaw Up: OSHA Awards Merit to Just 1.8% of Whistleblower Cases
  Earlier this year we highlighted the failures of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Whistleblower Protection Program, which is responsible for investigating claims of whistleblower retaliation in over 22 different sectors including the airline, pipeline, and environmental industries.  The piece focused on Darrell…
Sep
2015
29

REPORT: Dangerous Paint-Stripping Chemical, Methylene Chloride, Will Kill Until It’s Regulated

REPORT: Dangerous Paint-Stripping Chemical, Methylene Chloride, Will Kill Until It's Regulated
  A recent report from the Center for Public Integrity shows that Methylene chloride, a common solvent used for stripping paint, continues to kill those who use it though the lethal effects have been known since the 1940’s.  The analysis links 56 accidental exposure deaths in the United States to Methylene Chloride since 1980.  The…
Aug
2015
26

Beryllium Exposure Could be Cut by 90 Percent if Proposed OSHA Rule Change Takes Effect

Beryllium Exposure Could be Cut by 90 Percent if Proposed OSHA Rule Change Takes Effect
  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a proposed rule change which would cut worker exposure to the metal Beryllium by 90 percent.  The proposal was entered into the federal register on August 7th and comments can be submitted until November 5th.  If there is enough reaction to the rule, public hearings will…