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There's More Pain And Injury In The Meatpacking Business Than We Realize

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.25.2016 | Business

Reported injuries have decreased in the meat and poultry industry, but plant workers still face grave dangers on the job -- and there's reason to beli...

Businesses Are Not Happy About This New Rule From Obama

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics

Thanks to a new rule announced by the Labor Department on Wednesday, employers operating in dangerous industries must now submit data on workplace inj...

Exposure to Asbestos Killed My Husband And Is a Threat to Other Workers

Linda Reinstein | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Linda Reinstein

Thirty-one years ago, life was perfect. Alan and I watched the sunset as we finalized our wedding arrangements for April 28th. That night, I smiled as I thought about Alan lifting my wedding veil over my eyes, embracing me, and beginning our new life together. Our time together was cut grievously short.

Workplace Safety Is Still an Elusive Goal for Many on the Job

James P. Hoffa | Posted 04.28.2016 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Today is Workers' Memorial Day, a time to remember and honor our fallen brothers and sisters in the labor movement all across the globe. But while technological advancements should be making the workplace safer, deaths and injuries on the job are still a major concern.

GOP: It's OK for Corporations to Kill Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.26.2016 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

If the argument is that workers' lives and lungs must be sacrificed to ensure that foundries and fracking operations and construction companies can make bigger profits, then the GOP will take the side of CEOs who value workers as trivial.

Shaky Safety Record for Billion-Dollar Contractor AECOM Overseeing Nuclear Facilities

Mary Bottari | Posted 04.02.2016 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Federal agencies doling out billions in contracts for construction projects, nuclear facilities management, weapons disposal, and other high-risk tasks, need to be informed about the records of the corporations vying for those dollars. No lobbyist spin should get in the way of keeping American workers safe.

The Obama Administration Just Took A Huge Step On Worker Safety

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.24.2016 | Politics

After an extraordinarily long wait -- 45 years, to be exact -- the government is finally ramping up protections for workers from a carcinogen we've be...

The Safety Violations That Billion-Dollar Contractor BAE Systems Should Have to Disclose

Mary Bottari | Posted 03.16.2016 | Business
Mary Bottari

If you oversaw the Department of Defense, wouldn't you want to know that one of your biggest contractors had a history of serious safety violations?

Honeywell's String of Dangerous Close Calls Doesn't Stop Flow of Taxpayer Dollars

Mary Bottari | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Pervasive violations of worker safety and health standards at giant Fortune 500 firms like Honeywell underscore the need to hold federal contractors accountable for the hazards to which their workers are exposed.

DuPont Rakes in Federal Dollars Despite History of Hazards

Mary Bottari | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics
Mary Bottari

President Obama's Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order aims to protect hard-working Americans by requiring companies with an ongoing history of violating safety and labor standards to clean up their acts and comply with federal health and safety laws before being rewarded with taxpayer dollars.

Reporter's Guide: Federal Contractors With History of OSHA Violations Battle New Safety Rules

Mary Bottari | Posted 02.16.2016 | Business
Mary Bottari

For too long, many corporations have taken a cavalier attitude to worker safety, but when these corporations are federal contractors paid by U.S. taxpayers, the public demands a special level of accountability.

Asbestos at School: Is THAT What Your Child Is Breathing?

Claire L. Barnett | Posted 12.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Claire L. Barnett

According to their report, many of the reporting states could not answer the simplest question: that despite the old bans on asbestos, how many public schools continue to struggle with asbestos-containing materials?

Lighten the Load on Our Nurses for Better Health Care

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

Prior to the OSH Act, workplace safety was a concept only familiar to those with a good union or an unusually goodhearted boss. There was no law saying your employer had to send you home every day in one piece. The OSH Act changed that.

Richard, We Hardly Knew You

Tom Alderman | Posted 12.08.2015 | Books
Tom Alderman

It's Evan Thomas' observational grace notes that deliver the complete Nixon. You've got to empathize with a guy who was totally helpless with anything mechanical and was comically clumsy while wrestling a lobster that clawed onto his suit.

Business Owners Must Give Thought to Warehouse Safety

Larry Alton | Posted 10.30.2015 | Business
Larry Alton

Business owners have a lot to worry about, but the health and safety of employees must be a top priority. Deaths and injuries on the job are not only catastrophic for those directly affected, but they also greatly harm a brand's image and tie up resources in legal battles.

Cutting Corners on Construction? Think Again

Richard Roberts | Posted 10.20.2015 | New York
Richard Roberts

As far too many developers continue circumventing safety regulations that endanger New York City construction workers and the public at-large, the now considerable power of the Construction Fraud Task Force is looking to remove the economic incentive for those cheating the system.

Mommas, Don't Let your Babies Grow Up to Play Football

R.F. Hemphill | Posted 09.22.2016 | Healthy Living
R.F. Hemphill

The NFL runs a terribly unsafe workplace by every reasonable definition.

New Asbestos Threats Affect Vets, Workers, Children and Drinking Water

Alex Formuzis | Posted 08.18.2016 | Green
Alex Formuzis

In the last month alone, asbestos contamination has plagued a veterans' medical center in Denver, construction workers rehabbing a school in southern Illinois as well as an elementary school in the state, and potentially, a popular river and drinking water source in Colorado.

Days Inn Workers Told To Flip Mattress Where Guest Died: Lawsuit

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.14.2015 | Business

A Days Inn employee said her boss instructed her to flip a mattress rather than replace it after she reported a guest died in the bed, according to a ...

Kill a Worker? You're Not a Criminal. Steal a Worker's Pay? You Are One.

Rena Steinzor | Posted 07.20.2016 | Crime
Rena Steinzor

Secretary Perez needs to upgrade health and safety enforcement to the level of wage and hour enforcement. Workers must be paid a fair wage, but they also need to survive a day on the job.

The President's Schizophrenia on the Working Class

Rena Steinzor | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

If the president is serious about restoring grace in our public spaces, surely those suffering most greatly among us must not be left behind.

The Words of Dead Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.27.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

To give voice to 35 workers killed on the job over the past 35 years at a massive refinery in Texas City, hundreds of surviving family members, co-workers and friends gathered there last month to erect white crosses marked with their names.

Intolerance for Unsafe Workplaces

Edward Wytkind | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

This Tuesday, April 28 is Workers Memorial Day: a time to remember those workers who have died on the job. But it is also a crucial time for us to recommit ourselves to creating and implementing strong protections to ensure workers return home safely.

On Wal-Mart's Watch: A Seemingly Endless Health and Safety Catastrophe

Charlene Obernauer | Posted 05.23.2015 | Business
Charlene Obernauer

While finally agreeing to stop appealing a $7,000 fine after a worker died on Wal-Mart's watch is a step in the right direction, it is a puny step down a prolonged path towards creating healthier, safer, and more just jobs at Wal-Mart. They have a long way to go.

Dave Jamieson

Walmart Has Finally Stopped Fighting The $7,000 Fine For A Worker's Death On Black Friday In 2008

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.19.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Back in 2008, a worker named Jdimytai Damour died beneath a crowd of shoppers who poured through the doors of a Long Island Walmart on B...