Archives for July, 2012

“We were in shock. We only wanted to bury our son.”

The Washington Post’s article “Meaningless millions” captures some of the heartbreak experienced when your loved one is killed on the job, but like most things, there’s more to the story.

US chemical manufacturers just blowing smoke about burdensome worker safety regulations

The American Chemistry Council is making the ludicrous claim that a proposed OSHA regulation on combustible dust will negatively impact the economy and job growth. That’s a bunch of baloney. OSHA doesn’t even have combustible dust on its regulatory agenda.

Researchers have linked the increase in antibiotic-resistant urinary tract infections to the use of antibiotics in livestock. The counterargument that the resistance could have originated in humans in the first place misses the point.

Hunger in America can be hard to see. It doesn’t look like the image of hunger we usually see on our TVs: the wrenching impoverishment and emaciation. Talking about American hunger is hard because, well, there’s food all around us.

Stacey Singer of The Palm Beach Post used Florida’s sunshine law to request info on the state’s extensive tuberculosis outbreak, which hadn’t been explained to the public.

Five years and $10 billion later, but process safety problem halts production at brand new U.S. oil refinery

Royal Dutch Shell’s and Sauid Aramco’s Motiva refinery in Port Arthur Texas open last month with fanfare. The celebration was quickly overshadowed by a ruinous leak of corrosive into the heart of the refinery. The incident could have resulted in catastrophic loss of life

Occupational Health News Roundup

Nurses’ demanding jobs often leave them injured, and nurses working injured increases the risk of medication mistakes; many farmworkers never report pesticide-related ailments; and the rate of uninsurance is high among federal firefighters.

Last month, more than 70 ironworkers walked off an ExxonMobil construction site near Houston, Texas. The workers, known as rodbusters in the industry, weren’t members of a union or backed by powerful organizers; they decided amongst themselves to unite in protest of unsafe working conditions in a state that has the highest construction worker fatality rate in the country.

Investigative reporters team up to expose national disgrace: US coal miners still get black lung

Three of my favorite investigative journalists have worked together to expose a national disgrace: coal miners in the U.S. still develop black lung disease.

A National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health workshop featured excellent research on using workers’ compensation data to study occupational safety and health — but will policymakers and other non-experts be able to understand and use this information?