Child labor law changes proposed for farms
U.S. Department of Labor wants to revise child labor laws to put stricter safety requirements on young workers employed in agriculture and related fields. The department is accepting public comments until Nov. 1. Proposed changes in federal safety rules would significantly restrict the type of farm work young people under the age of 16 can do and which farms they can work on. The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing these updates to bring parity between current rules for young workers in agricultural jobs and the more stringent rules that apply to those employed in nonagricultural workplaces.
Child labor change under fire in farm country
Just as harvest was kicking into high gear at the end of August, the Labor Department issued the first new child labor regulations in 40 years, proposing barring children under the age of 16 from performing dangerous jobs, such as driving tractors, handling pesticides and branding cattle. The proposed changes created a legal exemption for farm families, allowing children to work on the farms owned by their parents.
New data shows nursing home workers suffer more injuries than construction, factory and mine workers
According to the latest survey by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of work-related injuries and illnesses, the injury-incident rate in 2010 for workers employed in nursing homes was 8.6 per 100 full-time employees (FTEs), more than twice the rate for all private sector workers. When people think of dangerous jobs, I’m sure many think of coal miners or construction workers—not nursing aides at nursing homes.
Union: W.Va. mine disaster was ‘industrial homicide’
The United Mine Workers union (UMWA) is out with its own report this morning about last year’s Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster in West Virginia in which 29 workers died. Not surprisingly, UMWA blasts non-union Massey Energy, which owned the mine at the time, and was criticized severely in earlier reports from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and a team of independent investigators.
Aviation Museum’s aircraft restoration effort halted after safety violations
Navy officials suspended operations at the National Naval Aviation Museum’s aircraft restoration hangar last week due to uncorrected worker safety violations. The restoration facility, which is located in an aircraft hangar behind the museum, was locked and work was halted Wednesday due to uncorrected safety issues discovered during a June 2010 “industrial hygiene inspection” conducted by Naval Hospital Pensacola, Navy officials said.
Upscale grocery store chain Wegmans hit with federal workplace safety citations at NY bakery
Upscale grocery store chain Wegmans has been hit with federal workplace safety citations carrying potential fines of nearly $200,000. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Tuesday accused Wegmans Food Markets Inc. of repeated violations at its corporate bakery and distribution center in Rochester, N.Y.
OSHA cites hazards at Grenada, Miss., plant, proposes more than $113K in penalties
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Grenada, Miss., company for 26 safety violations and has proposed penalties of $113,400. OSHA officials say in a news release that the penalties against Grenada Stamping and Assembly Inc., doing business as Ice Industries Grenada, come from an April inspection following a work-related amputation at the plant.
Man charged with cabbie murder was escapee from D.C. youth home
The 20-year-old District man accused of killing a taxi driver over the weekend had escaped from the custody of the city’s troubled Department of Youth and Rehabilitation Services, and evidence from the crime was found at the home of his aunt — who is a counselor for the agency — according to sources and court documents. Rashad Terrell Slye was charged Sunday with first-degree murder in the slaying of Prince George’s County cab driver Domingo Ezirike. The 40-year-old was found fatally shot in his cab by D.C. police detectives working a safety compliance checkpoint two blocks away in Northeast Washington.