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 "Occupational Safety and Health Act":

"… , Democrats in Congress introduced legislation this year to strengthen the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, whose criminal and civil penalties for employer misconduct are co …"

'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 "CEO":

"… adly he needed skin grafts, but the incident wasn’t recorded even though CEO Chaudary “stated he was aware of the injury,” Galassi wrote. On Januar …"

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 "Nevada":

"… about a rash of construction worker deaths in Las Vegas, OSHA reviewed the Nevada program in 2009 and found a long list of flaws. Among them: State inspecto …"

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 "OSHA's Pittsburgh office":

"… ng, which you should." Straub filed a 10-page, handwritten complaint with OSHA's Pittsburgh office in January 2010, alleging that U.S. Steel had violated the process safety …"

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 "Occupational Safety and Health Act":

"… that reality continues to drive the work of the Labor Department. When the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed in 1970, the National Safety Council estimated that 14,000 work …"

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 "Texas":

"… problems that led to a refinery explosion and the deaths of 15 workers in Texas City, Texas, five years ago.But the 40-year-old law under which the agency …"

"… at led to a refinery explosion and the deaths of 15 workers in Texas City, Texas, five years ago.But the 40-year-old law under which the agency operates li …"

"… on convictions against five McWane plants in New Jersey, Utah, Alabama and Texas. Four officials from the New Jersey plant, including the plant manager, we …"

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