Mining industry aims to end on-the-job fatalities
A voluntary safety initiative announced Monday by the mining industry aims to bring the number of on-the-job fatalities to zero, an ambitious program laid out just days before the two-year anniversary of a West Virginia disaster that claimed the lives of 29 coal miners.
2 years after Upper Big Branch disaster, coal baron Blankenship is gone. What else has changed?
As friends and families of dead miners mark the second anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster on Thursday, April 5, there is precious little consolation in the way of improved safety laws or industry-wide reforms. But it’s probably fair to say that the most positive change coming from the needless deaths of 29 men in West Virginia that day is that notorious coal baron Don Blankenship has finally been banished from the mines.
Memphis falls short on PTSD
Memphis Police Department officer Gabriel Lawson was one of dozens of officers who responded to a disturbance at the DoubleTree Hotel Downtown on July 3, 2011. Shortly after the shootout, Lawson began displaying signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. Lawson took an extended leave and sought medical help. When he applied for on-the-job injury status, his claim was denied by the city’s claims manager, Sedgwick CMS, because the city’s policy doesn’t formally recognize psychological injuries unless they stem from a physical injury.
How long-term unemployment decreases life expectancy
There are several deleterious effects of long-term unemployment, but the New York Times’ Binyamin Applebaum highlighted a particularly harrowing one — increased mortality rates. According to a study by Columbia’s Till von Wachter and the Chicago Federal Reserve’s Daniel Sullivan, long-term unemployment can knock up to 18 months off of life expectancy.
2 onion workers sue farm over wages, housing
Two onion workers have filed a federal lawsuit against a farm alleging they were underpaid and forced to live in squalid conditions on the edge of the fields. The workers reported living in cars and makeshift camps on the edges of onion fields and working for less than minimum wage over the last four years.
OSHA seeks $84K for injury at Pa. chocolate works
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration wants to fine a Pittsburgh-area candy factory $84k for workplace safety violations allegedly found after a worker suffered serious head injuries when a machine accidentally started in October.