Voluntary enforcement of workplace safety isn’t enough
Lawmakers in today’s U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee hearing are misguided if they think that voluntary enforcement of workplace safety is enough to keep employees safe from harm, Public Citizen said.
House Republicans say ‘nay’ to new mine safety reforms, no questions left about which side they’re on
Just two weeks ago, families of the 29 men who were killed on April 5, 2010 at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine traveled to Washington DC to urge lawmakers to improve our nation’s mine safety law. The West Virginia natives met with Republican and Democratic Members of Congress and asked for four simple reforms targeted at the mining industry’s bad actors. They weren’t asking anything for themselves. Only for new laws to help deter unscrupulous employers from causing another disaster and causing other communities to suffer the same pain and loss the UBB families have endured.
Underground mine ribs are focus of MSHA’s 2012 roof control campaign
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration once again will focus its annual mine roof control program on efforts to improve mine rib control during the 2012 Preventive Roof Rib Outreach Program, known as PROP. For the second consecutive year, in 2011, fatal rib roll accidents in underground coal mines outnumbered more typical fatal roof fall accidents. Most recently, on June 25, a coal miner in eastern Kentucky suffered fatal injuries when he was crushed by a rib roll.
Researchers challenge Labor Dept to fix its annual count of injuries, misses 70% of burns work-related burns
It’s not the first time that Kenneth Rosenman, MD has provided scientific evidence on the deficiencies in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) annual survey of occupational injuries and illnesses, and it won’t be the last. His latest study, written with Joanna Kica, MPA, with Michigan State University’s (MSU) Department of Medicine ,reports that the Labor Department’s methods for estimating work-related burns misses about 70% of them.
FLSA: 74 years fighting child labor and still going
Last month activists all over the planet shined a light on the persistence of child labor on the World Day Against Child Labor. As many as 215 million children world-wide lose the chance to learn, play and grow as they instead are compelled to join the workforce, often under grueling conditions. As we in the United States celebrate the anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) passed in 1938, we should recommit to the part of its mission dedicated to fighting oppressive child labor in our own country.
Sex workers and cabbies swept into New York’s anti-prostitution dragnet
Two quintessential cliches of New York City street life are heading into more trouble with the law: yellow cabs and prostitutes. The newly signed legislation aims to punish cab drivers who abet prostitution, with a focus on those who “knowingly engage in a business of transporting individuals to patrons for purposes of prostitution, procuring and/or soliciting patrons for the prostitution, and receiving proceeds from such business in collaboration with traffickers and pimps.” The law imposes new criminal penalties, including fines or the loss of a license, for various forms of “promoting prostitution” while using the taxi.
Labor rights advocates: a dozen Wal-Mart suppliers received 482 federal citations
The National Guestworker Alliance said Tuesday it has uncovered “482 federal citations for safety, health, wage, and hour violations,” among 12 of the 18 suppliers of Wal-Mart Stores that the organization has been investigating.