Occupational Health & Safety

Category archives for Occupational Health & Safety

Last summer, 25-year-old Roendy Granillo died of heat stroke while he installed flooring in a house in Melissa, Texas, just north of Dallas. His tragic and entirely preventable death marked a turning point in advocacy efforts to pass a rest break ordinance for local construction workers.

Hardly a day goes by lately without another story on companies like Uber and their model of classifying workers as independent contractors while treating them more like traditional employees and sidestepping traditional employer responsibilities. It’s a model that has serious implications for workers’ rights and wages. However, there’s another form of employment that may be even more damaging to hard-fought labor standards: subcontracting.

Catching up with the times, new OSHA injury reporting rule

The FAA updates its website daily with aircraft safety incident reports linked to ownership data. MSHA promptly posts injury, illness, and close-call incidents reported by every US mining operation. OSHA’s plan for 2018 to post annual injury data for a fraction of US workplaces is just the agency trying to keep up with the times.

It’s been 15 years since worker safety advocates in Puerto Rico first began fighting against a proposal to dilute the qualifications associated with being a professional industrial hygienist. As part of their efforts, such advocates developed their own proposal to protect the livelihoods of those with the knowledge and experience to properly protect workers. And after years of work, they may finally cross the finish line victorious.

Not an “accident”: Henry William Gray, 56, suffers fatal work-related injury in Denver, IA

This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the US. This one occurred on Monday, May 2 in Denver, IA

Fatal work injury that killed J.D. Jorgensen was preventable, Iowa-OSHA cites JRS Excavating

The fatal work-related injuries that killed Justin ‘J.D.’ Jorgensen could have been prevented had his employer followed worker safety regulations.

Worker Memorial Day 2016: Names, Faces, Places, Data

If you attended any Worker Memorial Day events this week, The Pump Handle invites you to share with readers some highlights from it.

Shareholders push DuPont on worker safety, not $130 billion merger

DuPont’s Board of Directors were challenged by shareholders to address the firm’s defective worker safety program.

Fatal work injury that killed Tim Cooper, 49, was preventable, OSHA cites Independence Tube

The fatal work-related injuries that killed Tim Cooper, 49, could have been prevented had his employer followed worker safety regulations.

Moans and groans about OSHA silica rule, but reality check by Democrats

“Bad math” and “slippery language” is how Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) characterized some of the testimony at this week’s congressional hearing on OSHA’s new silica regulation.