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Worker advocates burned up over lack of federal heat protections

OSHA has yet to establish a heat standard that would give employers specific requirements regarding water, rest breaks and shade. ... Read more»

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Labor Dep't waters down injury reporting rule targeted by business

A requirement that employers disclose more information about worker injuries to safety officials and the public has been scaled back by the Trump administration.... Read more»

OSHA's wall of shame: with limited staff, safety agency targets 'severe violators'

Six years into the Severe Violator Enforcement Program – the broadest workplace safety initiative launched under President Obama – more than 500 businesses are on its list of bad actors. They include giants such as DuPont and International Paper as well as more than 300 construction firms. But the effort faces an uncertain future under the Trump administration.... Read more»

Study indicates 3-D printing could release dangerous toxins

3-D printing clearly has it's benefits, but a recent study has revealed a major concern.... Read more»

For big railroads, a carload of whistleblower safety complaints

As both a veteran railroad worker and union official responsible for safety, Mike Elliott became alarmed when he learned of trouble-plagued train signals. At times they would inexplicably switch from red to yellow to green – potentially creating confusion that could lead to a crash.... Read more»

Workplace deaths on the rise in U.S.

More Americans died on the job last year, with the increase concentrated among older employees as well as self-employed and contract workers. ... Read more»

OSHA unveils new hot app – no, really, it’s an app warning of hot weather

OSHA officials have a message for workers and others who expect to be outside working and playing as summer heats up: Shade, water and rest for safety. And if that’s too much to remember, the agency has an app for that.... Read more»

Feds reject Arizona’s construction worker safety plan

Officials rejected Arizona’s plan to protect residential construction workers from falling. The state must abide by federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. An industry representative says the rules are dangerous, another says the government needs the tougher standards. ... Read more»

BLS: Hispanic worker deaths up in 2013

The number of contractors and Hispanic workers who died on the job increased in 2013 even as the overall tally of worker deaths declined, according to preliminary data released in September by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.... Read more»1

Latino workers dying at higher rates in job accidents

As Latino workers take on more and more of the nation’s toughest and dirtiest jobs, they increasingly are paying for it with their lives.... Read more»1

Lobbyists use secretive White House office to block gov't regs

When Washington lobbyists fail to derail regulations proposed by federal agencies, they often find a receptive ear within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an arm of the White House Office of Management and Budget that conducts much of its business in secret. ... Read more»

Stand-downs prevent falling down: Taking a break to focus on safety

The U.S. Department of Labor’s National Safety Stand-Down encouraged construction firms to set aside an hour last week to focus on fall safety and to engage in proper procedures to prevent falls – the leading cause of death in the construction industry.... Read more»

OSHA: Az fails to protect residential construction workers

Federal officials say they could wind up assuming control of workplace safety in Arizona's residential construction industry because a 2012 state law doesn't do enough to protect workers. Their concern: a provision requiring protection when potential falls are at least 15 feet.... Read more»

'Retail exemption' shields fertilizer facilities from safety inspections

The West, Texas fertilizer plant that blew up on April 17, killing at least 15 people, appears to have been claiming an arcane exemption that allowed it to avoid targeted workplace inspections and safety requirements and enter a “streamlined prevention program” with environmental regulators.... Read more»

Workers Memorial Day commemoration calls for safer workplaces

In an annual commemoration of Workers Memorial Day at the State Capitol, a Democratic lawmaker called Monday for more rights and safer conditions for workers.... Read more»

Az safety inspectors have among highest turnover in nation

Arizona’s safety inspectors are some of the least-experienced in nation, according to a report this month by the GAO. More than half of the 18 safety inspectors who were on the job at the time of the report had been in their positions for less than five years.... Read more»

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