Workplace deaths up slightly in 2011

By Jim Morris

Worker deaths rose slightly in 2011, though the jobsite fatality rate fell, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

Excerpts from this story referencing "ExxonMobil":

"… , a dozen contract workers  were injured when a fire broke out at the ExxonMobil refinery in Beaumont, about 300 miles to the southeast; seven suffered sev …"

'They were not thinking of him as a human being'

By Jim Morris and Chip Mitchell

A chemical discharge in a Chicago-area factory kills a worker — and exposes the dangers faced by temp workers across the U.S.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bureau of Labor Statistics":

"… has soared over the past two decades. In 1990, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were about 1.1 million such workers; as of August 2012, the nu …"

"… p;You can get rid of them when you want, and you don’t pay benefits.” Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers say contingent workers’ injuries are declining. Yet, new evidenc …"

Kentucky death case: Another black eye for state workplace safety enforcement

By Jim Morris

Kentucky's deletion of all violations in worker death case criticized by victim's family, feds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… as uncollected penalties in North Carolina and misclassified violations in South Carolina. Kentucky, OSHA found, was taking too long to issue citations and wasn’t …"

In U.S. Steel town, fatal gas explosion goes unpunished by OSHA

By Jim Morris

The 2009 death of Nick Revetta exposes flaws in the system designed to protect American workers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… behind closed doors,” says Michael Silverstein, recently retired head of Washington State’s workplace safety agency. “They occur one or two at a time, on …"

"… lings must strike a balance between meeting “performance goals” set in Washington and conducting comprehensive inspections when deaths occur. A target of 42 …"

"… sp;covering Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C., urged inspectors to step up their pace and not get bogged down in t …"

"… irton? Celeste Monforton, a former OSHA analyst who lectures at the George Washington University School of Public Health, says that Revetta's death should have …"

Fatal work injuries rose in 2010, new data show

By Jim Morris

The Department of Labor reported that 4,690 U.S. workers suffered fatal injuries in 2010, a 3 percent increase from 2009.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bureau of Labor Statistics":

"… ents, the toll rose in 2010. In 2009, 4,551 workers died, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.The fatality rate rose slightly as well, from 3.5 fatal injuries per 100,0 …"

Lame duck Congress may consider bill to toughen OSHA

By Jim Morris

For an agency so widely feared and demonized by American business, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a relative pushover.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oregon":

"… m in unsafe conditions goes all the way up the line.” And she noted that Oregon, which has a state-run worker safety program, has for more than 30 years r …"

"… fix hazards while they contest citations. “There are no complaints that [Oregon] inspectors are closing production lines,” the congresswoman said.Update …"

OSHA’s laissez-faire attitude

By The Center for Public Integrity

Since 2001, funding cuts at OSHA have been mirrored by a drop in the enforcement budget for the agency

Excerpts from this story referencing "Representative":

"… in 2007. Some members of the GOP have also questioned OSHA’s approach. Representative Howard McKeon, Republican of California and the ranking Republican on the …"