The number of workers who died on the job fell by 17 percent last year to the lowest level in nearly two decades, as workers logged fewer hours during the recession, the Labor Department said Thursday.
According to the latest safety reports, workplace injuries are on the decline in our country. Great! Only … it’s untrue.
During the past year and a half, OSHA investigators have issued citations for egregious violations in 17 cases, including those involving BP Products North America, Kleen Energy and Cooperative Plus. This is more than twice as many egregious cases as were issued during the two years before the current administration took office.
The Defense Department still is resisting orders to clean up three contaminated military bases after more than two decades of disagreements between government agencies over the hazardous sites, the Government Accountability Office has found.
Massey Energy Co. racked up the most safety violations by a wide margin this spring among public companies in the coal industry, even without accounting for the April explosion that killed 29 miners at its Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia.
A bill that would provide medical benefits to 9/11 rescue workers has new life Thursday now that President Barack Obama has pledged his support.
Ostensibly the meeting was called to discuss three proposals for possibly revamping the California Labor Code to include health and safety rules for adult performers: A petition by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), which it had originally sent to the CalOSHA Standards Board last December; a response to that proposal from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health; and a counter-proposal from the Free Speech Coalition.
The Cal/OSHA standards board held its first subcommittee meeting in response to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s petition to amend state health code standard to more specifically address the adult industry and the safety of workers.
- US Department of Labor warns employers along Gulf Coast against withholding of HAZWOPER certificates
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has received numerous complaints from workers taking part in the Gulf Coast oil spill cleanup whose employers are refusing to provide them with a certificate following their completion of training under the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, or HAZWOPER, standard. OSHA interprets the standard as prohibiting covered employers from withholding written certificates from workers who have successfully completed such training.
Slowly but surely the evidence is pilling up to show what the Great Recession have done to our health.