Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH

of Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University

www.DefendingScience.org

Injured at work? ProPublic & NPR examine what’s worse than workers’ compensation

ProPublica and National Public Radio examine “injury benefit plans.” They are set up by some employers in Texas and Oklahoma as alternatives for firms that are allowed to opt-out of having workers’ compensation insurance.

Trial of Mining CEO Blankenship: Best quotes from Week 1

The criminal trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship commenced on October 7 with opening statements by the prosecution and defense attorneys. The following are some of my favorite excerpts pulled from Day #1’s transcript.

New EPA rule offers better protection from pesticides for US farmworkers

US farmworkers, many of whom move from state to state following crops, will now have better access to information about the pesticides used at the farms where they work. Among other things, a new EPA rule will require employers to provide annual pesticide-hazard training to farmworkers.

Volkswagen’s deceit: public health and my neighbor’s dilemma

My neighbor shares her thoughts about being part of VW’s “clean diesel” charade, while a reporter estimates the premature deaths associated with the corporation’s fraud.

Asbestos, disease burden, and TSCA reform

Senators should mark Mesothelioma Awareness Day (September 26) by considering asbestos as the litmus test for the adequacy of any TSCA reform legislation. They’ll see that S.697 fails the test.

Fatal work injury that killed Alejandro Anguiana was preventable, OSHA cites Markman Peat

The fatal work-related injuries that killed Alejandro Anguiana could have been prevented had his employer followed worker safety regulations.

“Tired of getting knocked on the head”

A worker’s ingenuity helps to prevent a dumpster-related injury.

Not an “accident”: Terry Lakey, 51, suffers fatal work-related injury in Waco, TX

This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the US. This one occurred on Wednesday, September 16 in Waco, Texas.

“Sharing happiness” is company motto, workers treated with “distrust rather than respect”

Poultry processing firm Allen Harim Foods’ slogan is “Improving the Quality of Life and Sharing Happiness.” It’s difficult for me to see how either is achieved with its mismanagement of work-related injuries and the hazards that cause them.

Yearbook on OHS profiles exceptional reporting by investigative journalists

The most memorable event in the last 12 months on workers’ health and safety topics was the exceptional reporting by journalists. One section of The Year in US Occupational Health and Safety is devoted to reporters’ contributions.