Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH

of George Washington University School of Public Health & Health Services

www.DefendingScience.org

Destructive trends in workers’ compensation

Decades of business-friendly “reforms” to workers’ compensation make the bargain between employers and labor no longer a good deal for injured workers.

Not an “accident”: John Dunnivant, 57, suffers fatal work-related injury at Kia Motors plant in West Point, Georgia

This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the U.S. This one occurred on October 7 at a Kia Motors manufacturing plant.

Murray cares about the chickens, the workers? Not so much

Too bad Murray’s Chicken doesn’t care as much about working conditions for its employees, as it does about the living conditions for its birds.

Byssinosis, an infamous booklet, and Reagan-era OSHA

In his first week on the job, President Reagan’s appointee to head OSHA ordered a booklet about the hazards of cotton dust destroyed. He considered the image and words of textile workers afflicted by “brown lung” disease “biased.”

Grandmother calls for mandatory minimum penalties for work-related fatalities

A Wyoming grandmother wants the State to impose more meaningful sanctions in work-related fatality cases. Her 20 year-old grandson was killed on-the-job. Despite finding serious violations, the company paid only a $6,700 penalty.

This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the U.S. This one occurred on September 26 at a plywood plant in Moncure, North Carolina.

Not an “accident”: Ernesto Rodriguez, 41, suffers fatal work-related injuries at southern Oklahoma oil rig site

This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the U.S. This one occurred on September 10 at a fracking site near Mannsville, Oklahoma.

Amputations, hospitalizations the subject of new OSHA reporting rule

Beginning January 1, 2015, employers in the 29 states covered by federal OSHA will have new requirements for reporting work-related hospitalizations and amputations.

Andrea Kidd-Taylor: Public health leader, worker safety advocate, justice seeker

The public health community is mourning the loss of Andrea Kidd-Taylor, DrPH, MSPH, 59, who died on September 1 from cancer.

Highlights of occupational health and safety research published in the last year

Some of the best research published in the last 12 months on worker health and safety topics is profiled in The Year in US Occupational Health & Safety: Fall 2013 – Summer 2014. The third edition of the report was released on Labor Day.