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 "chemicals":

"… partment, partner Carbot said; about six months before the fatal accident, chemicals splashed in his right eye and he couldn’t see out of it for three days, …"

"… y after Centeno died, revealed, for example, that workers “were handling chemicals including, but not limited to, corrosives and acids while wearing only med …"

"… memo says. Workers were seen putting their hands directly into streams of chemicals poured from drums, OSHA enforcement director Galassi wrote. “Another sig …"

"… ad concluded that those above him had “no respect for the hazards of the chemicals on site or human life.” …"

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 "Boeing":

"… who die annually of work-related diseases and it’s as if a fully loaded Boeing 737-700 crashed every day. Yet the typical fine for a worker death is abou …"

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 "Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… ny that employed Emilio DeLeon was fined only $16,600 for his death by the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, even though OSHA had cited the firm for serious safety violations four mo …"

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 "Occupational Safety and Health Act":

"… than six months in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Under environmental law, knowingly exposing someone to hazardous …"

"… data reviewed by the AFL-CIO, only 79 cases have been prosecuted under the Occupational Safety and Health Act in the past 40 years; the defendants served a combined 89 months in prison …"

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