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 "state law":

"… s death motivated her mother, Kim Flynn of Peabody, Mass., to press for a state law that would require mental health facilities to provide “panic buttons” …"

'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 "inspector":

"… n the scene the day of the accident — November 17, 2011 — told an OSHA inspector that the “wrong valve opened” on the tank Centeno was cleaning, accord …"

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 "Ron Hayes":

"… he Toyo violations had been dismissed. They found out in 2010 only because Ron Hayes, a fellow Alabamian who runs a nonprofit advocacy group for families of fa …"

"… long afterward Tina Hall’s younger sister, Amy Harville, was directed to Ron Hayes by an acquaintance. Burly, white-bearded and tenacious, Hayes lives in Fai …"

"… these workplaces, it shouldn’t be this way,” L.V. Hall said. “I had Ron Hayes on my side and he knew what to do. Most people don’t have Ron. These cit …"

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 "Occupational Safety and Health Act":

"… ime, on private property. There’s an invisibility element.” Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, American workers are entitled to “safe and healthful” conditi …"

"… 'We need to do the whole place.' " Burros, crabs…and people Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, a willful safety violation that causes the death of a worker is a misdeme …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… as usual,” Albert DeLeon wrote in his statement.In an email to the Center for Public Integrity, OSHA said:"On average more than 12 workers die on the job every day, …"

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 "Congress":

"… uch disparities and give OSHA more ammunition in other areas, Democrats in Congress crafted OSHA reform legislation that was folded several months ago into an …"

"… y out of the question that it could be part of the lame duck” session of Congress after the Nov. 2 elections, Rep. Lynn Woolsey, a California Democrat who c …"

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 "Bush":

"… nd workers, and reinstate the ergonomic standards. …"

"… 100,000 American workers — half the staffing level that existed in 1980. Bush administration officials argue that their regulatory philosophy at OSHA ha …"

"… roach.The movement away from enforcement was revealed early when President Bush signed legislation in 2001 overturning a new ergonomics standard that the …"

"… win G. Foulke, Jr. and their team.”Follow-up:At the end of its term, the Bush administration fast tracked a proposal that would take the workplace risk- …"