More than eight of ten workers — 85 percent — rank workplace safety first in importance among labor standards, even ahead of family and maternity leave, minimum wage, paid sick days, overtime pay and the right to join a union, according to a new study from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.
An oil spill cleanup contractor from Texas has been busing in possibly hundreds of undocumented workers to Battle Creek to work on the cleanup of the Calhoun County oil spill — and having them work nearly 100 hours a week in unsafe conditions, an investigation by Michigan Messenger has found.
The Obama administration this week issued a stern warning to the mining industry: Alerting underground workers of imminent safety inspections is illegal — and will come with repercussions.
People with mental illness who are subjected to the use of physical restraints typically find the experience deeply traumatic and humiliating. David Proffitt, CEO of The Acadia Hospital, said on Thursday that for many patients, it feels similar to being raped.
Mushrooming Marcellus Shale gas well development in Pennsylvania is releasing hazardous chemicals into the air and water, but more study is needed to assess the human health risks they pose, according to Conrad Dan Volz, director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Healthy Environments and Communities.
A Chicago jury has awarded a record $30.4 million to a worker who contracted a serious lung disease following exposure to diacetyl, a chemical ingredient of popcorn butter flavoring.
It was bad enough that SeaWorld put the drowned trainer Dawn Brancheau in mortal danger by having her interact unprotected with a dangerous killer whale, but the way the amusement park continues to handle the situation is disgusting. As people come forward with information or make allegations against them, SeaWorld retaliates with personal attacks.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) already facing a $420,000 worker endangerment fine for faulty electrical work at a Vermont mail distribution center has now been slapped with a $350,000 fine for similar violations in New Hampshire.
A Rice County, Minn., farmer working to dislodge corn in a grain bin was trapped for about two hours Thursday morning before rescue workers freed him, authorities said.
Roderick Butler, 45, claims his employers would not call 911 when he thought he was having a heart attack because they believed they would be saddled with Butler’s ambulance bill.