Earlier this week the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new rule mandating that employers notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or is hospitalized due to a work-related injury, amputation or loss of an eye. The requirement, which ...
The number of workers in unions remained virtually unchanged last year. This is somewhat unusual in light of long-term trends in the U.S., where membership has been dropping steadily for the past 30 years.  In 1983, 1 in 5 Americans (20.1% of the workforce) was a union member; last year that number...
Premium rates on workers' compensation insurance increased for 2014, marking the first time premiums have gone up in three years, according to the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). The average rate increase was 2.7%, which, as L&I Director Joel Sacks pointed out, comes out to a bump ...
Like most things in Texas, the construction sector in this state is big. In fact, 1 in every 13 workers in the Lone Star State works in homebuilding and commercial construction, a  $54 billion-per-year industry for Texas. Yet while construction is a key economic engine for the state, it's also f...
[caption id="attachment_3823" align="alignright" width="300"] Ironworkers removing cable wrapping machine from the south-side span at dusk (winter 2012)[/caption] In an interview aired yesterday on NPR’s “Here and Now,” construction- and iron-workers had to remind listeners of a simple fact...
The rate of Americans applying for unemployment benefits dropped by 15,000 earlier this month to a seasonally adjusted 320,000. While that figure is certainly nothing to boast about, it does mark the lowest point since October of 2007 – another indication that layoffs have stalled, and that the pa...
According to federal government reports, the rate of workplace injuries has fallen by 31% over the last 10 years. However, that improvement may not exactly be the great news it appears to be if you ask the swelling ranks of workers who experience retaliation from their employers as a result of repo...
[caption id="attachment_3511" align="alignright" width="300"] Texas A&M accidentThis photo provided by KBTX-TV shows damage to the Texas A&M University equestrian center on Saturday, June 22, 2013 near College Station, Texas. A portion of the equestrian center under construction has collapse...
In the aftermath of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, engineers conducted a study indicating that three-fifths of garment factories in Bangladesh are major safety hazards, and/or vulnerable to collapse.  Results were recently reviewed by The Guardian. Last month, the Rana Plaza building outside Dha...
The Department of Labor and Industries reports that a Bellevue firing range is being charged with 17 violations of health and safety regulations following a construction project and lead-salvage operation where dozens of workers were exposed to dangerous levels of toxic lead. The Seattle Times repor...