Archive for the ‘SAFETY’ Category

May
2012
25

Hawaii Gov. Says Project Labor Agreements Will Be Used on State Funded Public Works

Hawaii Gov. Says Project Labor Agreements Will Be Used on State Funded Public Works
In Hawaii, Governor Neil Abercrombie this week issued a directive that Project Labor Agreements will be used on various state funded construction projects. Citing an improving economy where steps must be taken to ensure timely construction, Abercrombie says he hopes PLAs will bring new opportunity to workers on all of Hawaii’s islands: A...
May
2012
24

13 Abruptly Fired Truckers File NLRB Complaint Against Pratt

There is a complaint before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on behalf of 13 truckers who were fired by Pratt Corrugated Logistics for trying to organize a union. They were let go at the end of their shifts and offered $1,500 to waive their legal rights just a week after they began procedures to ...
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May
2012
23

STUDY: OSHA Inspections Saved the Average Employer $355,000 in 2011

A new study conducted by professors at the University of California and Harvard Business School supplies empirical proof for claims made by OSHA head, Dr. David Michaels, that “OSHA doesn’t kill jobs; it helps prevent jobs from killing workers.” The study, titled “Randomized Government Safety Inspections Reduce Worker...
May
2012
22

In Iowa, Workers Comp Case Highlights the Need for Stricter Employer Penalties

Injured workers at companies without proper workers’ compensation programs are frequently forced to deal with recovery while hemorrhaging money. What’s worse, this terrifying predicament often goes unnoticed. Thankfully, the Des Moines Register recently highlighted one such case in an articled titled “Companies fail to pay...
May
2012
8

WORKER VICTORY: Connecticut Senate and House Overwhelmingly Support PLA Legislation

WORKER VICTORY: Connecticut Senate and House Overwhelmingly Support PLA Legislation
A bill that ensures that Connecticut can use Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on public works projects cleared the State Senate with a 32-3 vote last week and, yesterday, cleared the House by an equally sizable margin. A legal battle in Hartford brought to light the need for this important legislation which allows the local hire, ...
Apr
2012
27

OSHA, NIOSH, CPRW Announce Construction Fall Prevention Campaign

A news release (PDF, below) from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and CPWR (The Center for Construction Research and Training), indicates that construction falls “continue to be the leading cause of work-related injury and deaths in...
Apr
2012
18

Is Prefrabrication In Construction Just Another Job-Killer in Cost-Cutter’s Clothing?

Is Prefrabrication In Construction Just Another Job-Killer in Cost-Cutter’s Clothing?
There is movement in the construction industry toward prefabrication, sometimes referred to as “modular construction.” But supporters of prefabrication are concerned with one thing and one thing only: cutting costs. In Connecticut, construction officials are urging contractors to use the practice. But workers should beware, because the...
Apr
2012
4

New Hampshire HS Parking Garage Nearly Collapses After “Poor Workmanship” by Non-Union Ironworkers

New Hampshire HS Parking Garage Nearly Collapses After “Poor Workmanship” by Non-Union Ironworkers
This is a guest post from Shawn Cleary, Business Agent of Ironworkers Local 7 in New Hampshire… Ironworkers Local 7 yesterday urged Manchester School Board members to warn parents about the possible danger at Central High School. More than 100 welds will be inspected after a near collapse in the parking garage due to what ...
Apr
2012
3

Quincy, MA Caves to Anti-Unionism, Ditches Responsible Employer Ordinance Provisions

Quincy, MA Caves to Anti-Unionism, Ditches Responsible Employer Ordinance Provisions
Caving to anti-union pressure, the city of Quincy, Massachusetts recently changed parts of their Responsible Employer Ordinance (REO) that mandated apprenticeship programs, health care and pension benefits for workers on city-funded jobs. The ordinance, which did a great deal to look out for non-union as well as union workers in Quincy, was...
Mar
2012
28

“Unfortunately, more work accidents occur in developing countries.”

“Unfortunately, more work accidents occur in developing countries.”
In an article about the Turkish workforce titled, “Accidents and deaths in workplace are not destiny,” writer Cengiz Aktar discusses how the country’s progress should not come at the expense of workers’ lives. It is an interesting look at how labor fits into the future of Turkish politics as they continue to pursue reforms...
Feb
2012
24

Union Ironworkers Bolster Rally on Behalf of Non-Union Ironworkers’

Union Ironworkers Bolster Rally on Behalf of Non-Union Ironworkers’
In the parking lot of the Laurel Shopping Center in Laurel, Maryland, members of the V.O.I.C.E. Coalition (Victory Over Injustice for Concerned Employees), some of them brothers and sisters from Ironworkers Union Local 16, rallied in support of workers who have been mistreated during the construction of a new L.A. Fitness center. As V.O.I.C.E...
Feb
2012
22

Workers Compensation Is Quietly Under Attack in America

Workers Compensation Is Quietly Under Attack in America
As the economy crawls out of the dumps and more people return to the job site, a strong workers compensation environment is as important as ever. Unfortunately, workers comp appears to be under quiet attack in many states. In Virginia, a law aimed at stopping Virginia dock workers from “double-dipping” may actually leave longshoremen...