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 ...
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...
Labor activists and Workers’ Compensation Attorneys have brought the question of farm safety regulation back onto center stage. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics, corn production and storage on farms doubled from 1978 to 2012, increasing from 5.4 billion bushels to a record 1...
With her sites set on a law that critics have labeled as weak and outdated, last week Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington state, introduced legislation to fortify the 1970 law governing workplace safety. The bill, commonly known as the Protecting America’s Workers Act, is directed at...
As previous posts on workplace fatalities have reported, fishing, logging, farming, and aircraft piloting rank as the most dangerous jobs in America. Yet these rankings are based on the percentage of workers killed each year, and since the total number of employees in these industries is low (compar...
Following mounting evidence that temporary laborers are injured at much higher rates than regular employees, federal regulators have just implemented several new measures to protect an estimated 2.5 million temporary workers in the U.S. In December, the Center for Public Integrity and Chicago Publi...
Many consider government regulations in the workplace to be pure bureaucratic obstacles, offering dubious  protection to employees and consumers, and driving companies to layoffs and bankruptcy through the high cost of compliance. Yet both critics and supporters of regulation have historically tend...
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that they and BP Oil have resolved 409 citations issued by the agency in October 2009 for willful violations of safety management standards at BP's refinery in Texas City. Under this agreement, BP will pay ...
Heat illness can be deadly. Each year, tens of thousands of workers fall ill or die from heat exposure, but these incidents are entirely preventable. OSHA’s new website on heat illness is part of a national outreach campaign to increase awareness among workers and employers about the risks of out...
Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers. Out of 774 total fatalities in the construction industry in 2011, 264 were caused by falls (almost all of these to a lower level). The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has partnered with National Occupational Research Agen...