Contractor, Hispanic worker deaths up in 2013, BLS says

By Talia Buford

The number of contractors and Hispanic workers who died on the job increased in 2013 even as the overall tally of worker deaths declined.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… ned, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In all, 4,405 workers died from injuries sustained on the job …"

CPI-NPR collaboration wins Edward R. Murrow Award

A 2013 investigation of worker deaths in grain bins has won an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association

Excerpts from this story referencing "Edward R. Murrow":

"… he Center for Public Integrity and NPR has been honored with a prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award. The Radio Television Digital News Association announced Wednesday …"

Saturated with oil money, Texas legislature saved industry from pollution rule

By David Hasemyer, Ben Wieder and Alan Suderman

An effort to impose stricter rules on Texas oil and gas operators in 2011 fizzled after the state legislature got involved.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… receive royalties from companies active in the Eagle Ford, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of thousands of pages of financial disclosure records. Their holdin …"

"… nd Registration, wrote in a Jan. 7, 2011, interoffice memo obtained by the Center for Public Integrity, InsideClimate News  and The Weather Channel. Soward, the former TCE …"

High bladder cancer rate shrouds New York plant, exposing chemical hazards in the workplace

By Jim Morris

A decades-long spate of bladder cancer at a Goodyear plant in Niagara Falls, N.Y. spotlights limits of regulation over dangerous chemicals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… k in the day, we would have protected ourselves.” In a statement to the Center for Public Integrity, Goodyear said it “takes the issue of ortho-toluidine exposure at the Ni …"

OSHA rule targets worker exposure to silica

By Jim Morris

Citing concerns over the deadly lung disease silicosis and lung cancer, OSHA on Friday proposed a rule to control worker exposure to silica.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… e not being able to live to see his grandchildren?” Monforton asked. …"

IMPACT: OSHA strengthens rules for 'model workplace' program

By Chris Hamby

IMPACT: Companies exempted from some safety inspections under an OSHA program will face automatic removal after work-related deaths.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… deaths or particularly serious violations. The new policy, issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, comes after a 2011 Center for Public Integrity investigation found a sign …"

'Retail exemption' shields some fertilizer facilities from stringent safety inspections, rules

By Chris Hamby

An exemption carved out two decades ago allows some fertilizer and other chemical facilities to skirt stricter rules and inspections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "dangerous chemicals":

"… ral Texas. Sites across a host of industries housing large amounts of dangerous chemicals could claim they sell primarily to end users and avoid stricter regulation …"

OSHA strengthens protections for temp workers

By Jim Morris

Amid reports of high injury rates for temporary workers, OSHA announces new measures aimed at training and safety.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… ned in a Chicago-area factory in November 2011 and died three weeks later. Occupational Safety and Health Administration records obtained by the Center concluded that Centeno’s bosses refused t …"

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 Administration":

"… o workers. In a report this week, O’Connor’s group recommends that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issue a sweeping injury and illness prevention standard that would require …"

Thoughts from our board chair, Bruce Finzen

By Bruce Finzen

Chair of Center's Board of Directors will match donations through May 7.

Why strong regulatory agencies matter

By Bill Buzenberg

If the Center is doing its job right, then our work should anticipate the news. Unfortunately, that happened with an explosion in Texas.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… s 28 years ago that the fertilizer plant in Waco was last inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration  (OSHA). There were “serious” violations reported at that time. T …"

As critics press for action, Chemical Safety Board investigations languish

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which probes chemical accidents, is under attack for its slow investigative pace.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… ns for the company as well as a refining industry trade group and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Those recommendations were never issued. “The board at that time didn …"

Report urges phaseout of deadly acid

By Chris Hamby

A survey of refinery workers found deep concern about the handling of hydrofluoric acid and recommends safer alternatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… ng. The report also recommends stronger oversight by regulators. Both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency should better use their authority …"

U.S. asbestos imports condemned by health experts, activists

By Jim Morris

More than 50 countries have banned asbestos, a toxic mineral linked to cancer and other diseases. The United States isn't one of them.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… nvolve the use of asbestos are strictly regulated" by the EPA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. “Diaphragms made of asbestos are a critical separation medium in the c …"

New federal scrutiny in wake of Center and NPR grain bin 'drownings' report

By Howard Berkes

The Justice Department might again consider criminal charges in case reported by Center and NPR.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… emorial to Pacas and Whitebread in their favorite city park. …"

Bill aims to strengthen OSHA workplace enforcement

By Chris Hamby

Senators propose tighter workplace safety rules, targeting breakdowns highlighted in Center for Public Integrity reports.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… s did not respond to interview requests Thursday. The bill would give the Occupational Safety and Health Administration more powerful enforcement tools. Currently, an employer whose willful vio …"

Rethinking OSHA exemption for farms

By Jim Morris and Howard Berkes

Most farms are exempt from federal workplace safety rules. Given ongoing grain entrapment problems, some say they shouldn't be.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Department of Agriculture":

"… om 5.4 billion bushels to a record 10.93 billion bushels, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With growth has come tragedy: worker entrapment deaths in corn or other …"

Worker suffocations persist as grain storage soars, employers flout safety rules

By Jim Morris and Howard Berkes

The 2010 deaths of a 14-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man in an Illinois grain bin highlight unsafe practices, spotty enforcement.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… managed in Mobile, Ala. His 19-year-old son, Patrick, had suffocated in a Florida grain bin. When Hayes and his wife, Dot, arrived at the scene, around 5 p. …"

How industry scientists stalled action on carcinogen

By David Heath

Tens of millions of Americans drink tap water tainted with chromium. But industry pushback has made it hard for the EPA to regulate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chair":

"… r by Merck, another company involved in a chromium cleanup. The panel chairman, Jerold Last, sent an email to the group on June 14, 2001, sa …"

"… to a colleague at Exponent saying, “Buy a good bottle of wine, pull up a chair, and then read this. Then say to yourself, ‘Yep, I really finally did so …"

"… o has evaluated more than 400 chemicals for a California advisory panel he chairs. “You’re dealing with people’s lives.” Miles O'Brien, science co …"

House bill targets deadly dust explosions

By Chris Hamby

House Democrats are pushing a bill requiring safety steps to curb combustible dust explosions -- a hazard examined in a 2012 Center report.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… rs from materials as varied as sugar, coal, wood and plastic. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration began the process of issuing a rule to address the hazard in 2009, but its …"

Report suggests OSHA safeguard contingent workers

By Chris Hamby

Regulators should launch an enforcement blitz of companies using large numbers of contingent workers, a nonprofit group concludes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… ercent of his body. The company failed to call 911, according to a federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration report obtained by the Center, and more than 98 minutes passed between the …"

Labor secretary leaves legacy of worker protections and unfinished business

By Chris Hamby

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis leaves behind a department advocates say increased enforcement but left worker safety rules unfinished.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… ringing stronger enforcement of worker safety laws. During her tenure, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Mine Safety and Health Administration expanded initiatives to crac …"

Even after workplace deaths, companies avoid OSHA penalties

By Chris Hamby

Following jobsite fatalities, OSHA vows crackdowns -- but sometimes collects nothing, a Center investigation found.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… vil lawsuits, said Julie Pace, a senior member at the Cavanagh Law Firm in Arizona.There are many ways to attack an OSHA citation, lawyers say. A lawyer coul …"

About the Methodology

Across the U.S., workers die in preventable accidents. Yet often, a Center investigation found, OSHA reduces fines or waives them entirely.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… Integrity’s analysis relies on data from multiple sources, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Treasury Department and the Justice Department. Using the Freedom of …"

IMPACT: OSHA's 'model workplace' program needs reform, report finds

By Chris Hamby

Companies exempt from some inspections under a special OSHA program should face tighter scrutiny, a report finds, echoing a Center series.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… ndustry leaders.A report suggesting reforms, from a task force of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, comes more than a year after a Center for Public Integrity series reveale …"

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 "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… a formal complaint against Kentucky with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which concluded in June 2011 that the state had erred.“Deleting citatio …"

Landmark worker death case continues against UCLA chemistry professor

By Jim Morris

UCLA Professor Patrick Harran stands accused of a felony in the death of research associate Sheri Sangji after a lab fire.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Investigative Reporting":

"… respond to interview requests from the Center for Public Integrity and the Center for Investigative Reporting. In a 2009 statement to the Los Angeles Times, he called Sangji’s death …"

"… er people.” This story was produced in collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting.   …"

BP to pay $13 million for safety violations at Texas refinery

By Alice Su

Oil giant BP has agreed to pay $13 million to settle safety violations at a Texas refinery that blew up in 2005.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… ations stemmed from a 2009 inspection of BP’s Texas City refinery by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA conducted the inspection to see if BP had corrected safety problems …"

Dust reforms stymied by years of inaction

By Ken Ward Jr.

For more than a quarter-century, government efforts to end black lung have hit brick walls

Excerpts from this story referencing "disease":

"… r more than a quarter-century, government efforts to end deadly black lung disease have hit various brick walls, built by opposition from one side or the oth …"

"… rcement scheme, were to change over time as experts learned more about the disease and how to prevent it.But the intent was clear: Congress wanted black lung …"

"… curring any disability from pneumoconiosis or any other occupation-related disease during or at the end of such period."By the early 1990s, one problem becam …"

OSHA reforms Voluntary Protection Programs

By Alice Su

Labor Department official announces changes to a program that rewards supposedly safer-than-average workplaces

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… heir VPP status. …"

"… e of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Jordan Barab, the Labor Department’s deputy assistant secretary for occupational safety and heal …"

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