Three cheers to the EPA for revoking the permit for one of the nation’s largest mountaintop-removal coal mining projects. The federal agency yanked the permit for Arch Coal’s proposed Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, W. Va. — a site that’s been controversial since the first application was submitted more than a decade ago — citing unacceptable damage to rivers, wildlife and communities.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is proposing to revise its requirements for preshift, supplemental, on-shift, and weekly examinations. The proposed rule on Examinations of Work Areas in Underground Coal Mines for Violations of Mandatory Health or Safety Standards would require mine operators to take responsibility for conducting complete workplace examinations. They would also have oversight for correcting violations and quarterly reviews with mine examiners of all citations and orders issued in areas where these four categories of examinations are required.
OSHA doesn’t have an effective on-line mechanism for the public to easily track the status of fatality cases. Since July 2009, OSHA has been posting a weekly summary on its website of worker fatalities and incidents in which three or more workers are hospitalized. It was a good start, but OSHA needs to link these initial reports with its investigation results.
How much time and money do employers spend completing the OSHA injury and illness log and providing data to OSHA and BLS? Quite a lot: 2,967,237 hours and $136,753,120 are the costs estimated by OSHA in its request for comments as it seeks to continue the information collection underlying this fundamental safety regulation.
The notion that Democrats and Republicans could come together and enact legislation that would protect American workers from on-the-job injury or death seems almost unthinkable today, but almost exactly 40 years ago, that is precisely what happened. But today, the regulatory system that is the legacy of that landmark legislation is broken.
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a case that could have serious implications for lawsuits involving businesses overseas. The story behind J. McIntyre Machinery v. Nicastro stretches back to 2001, when Robert Nicastro severed four fingers while using a shearing device that was manufactured by J. McIntyre, a small firm based in Derbyshire, England.
During his final days in office, former California governor Arnold Swartzenegger bid the state’s farmworkers farewell by allowing the use of a strawberry pesticide deemed so toxic that it is used to create cancer in lab mice used for research.
Sex workers are used to getting the wrong kind of attention: they’re branded with stigma, victimized by sexual violence, bullied by police and deprived of many labor protections. As we’ve reported previously, a continual debate surrounding sex trafficking is how to talk about sex work as work.
California seems to always be teetering on the brink of financial collapse or political implosion. But this week, the state got news that something about their government actually works. A simple measure to support workers, paid family leave, has not only proved to be a boon to working families but also has had no significant negative impact on jobs. The only problem, according to a new study published by the Center for Economic and Policy Research and other organizations, is that paid leave isn’t used by more people.
Workplace safety regulators are seeking $143,500 in fines against U.S. Steel Corp., charging the company with “willful” safety violations related to an explosion at a Pennsylvania coke plant that injured 20 workers.