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

Charlene Obernauer | Posted 03.23.2015 | 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...

Dave Jamieson

'Put Mustard On It': Fast-Food Workers Say Burns Are Rampant

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business

More than two dozen low-wage McDonald's workers filed health and safety complaints against the fast-food chain on Monday, alleging that understaffing ...

Dave Jamieson

How Workplace Injuries Are Adding To Income Inequality

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.04.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON -- There are no shortage of culprits in the national debate over rising income inequality, but President Barack Obama's Labor Department wo...

A Totally Cool New Way to Look at Worker Health

Robin Hardman | Posted 02.05.2015 | Business
Robin Hardman

The goal is to convince employers to think of on-the-job health and safety as just one part of an integrated whole that also includes worker wellness and well-being.

Peak Travel Period a Reminder of Need for Ebola Safety Standards

Rose Ann DeMoro | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Rose Ann DeMoro

We have to ask ourselves as a nation what do our values actually mean. Nurses rank the highest year after year in polls on public trust. Yet when it comes to their own safety nurses have to wage battle in most parts of the nation.

President Obama's Home Stretch: Saving Lives, Conserving Natural Resources, and Securing His Legacy @HuffPostBlog

Rena Steinzor | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

The world is unlikely to leave the President any space for malingering, and his most vehement congressional critics are likely to attack him with such fervor that the faint path toward legislative compromise vanishes.

Dave Jamieson

Major Poultry Processor Cited For Appalling Labor Practices

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.29.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- One of the nation's leading poultry processors exposed its line workers to painful musculoskeletal injuries and discouraged them from re...

Dave Jamieson

Labor Department Says System Protecting Workers From Chemicals Is 'Broken'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The country's top workplace safety official said Thursday that the regulatory system protecting workers from chemical exposure is "broke...

Nine Steps Closer to Safe Science

Pamela Tom | Posted 10.01.2014 | Science
Pamela Tom

A new study released July 31 by the National Research Council may help prevent future accidents by challenging current safety standards in academic and nonindustrial labs across the U.S. with nine recommendations aimed at the higher-education and scientific community.

'Green News Report' - July 8, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 09.07.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Japan hit with monster typhoon, while Hurricane Arthur breaks a record...

The Whistleblower Protection Program Is Broken Too

Scott D. Gerber | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Scott D. Gerber

As with the VA itself, the federal bureaucracy charged with protecting "whistleblowers" -- an unnecessarily disparaging appellation if there ever was one -- is itself broken. The consequences for American workers are catastrophic.

Dave Jamieson

Business That Bashed Obama's OSHA Just Had Horrifying Industrial Accident

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During the 2012 presidential campaign, Wisconsin businessman Lance Johnson said President Barack Obama's workplace safety inspectors wer...

Alissa Scheller

The State Of America's Deadly Jobs, In 9 Charts

HuffingtonPost.com | Alissa Scheller | Posted 05.16.2014 | Business

Earlier this week, an explosion at a coal mine in West Virginia killed two, a somber reminder that for too many people, going to work still means risk...

Public Citizen to Governor Cuomo: Hands Off New York's Scaffold Law

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 06.28.2014 | New York
Lisa Gilbert

As the nation celebrates our all-important workforce and mourns the loss of its workers today on on Workers Memorial Day, Governor Cuomo should permanently scrap his plan to repeal New York's Scaffold Law.

Why It's Time To Dump The 'Filthy Chicken Rule'

J. David Cox Sr. | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
J. David Cox Sr.

Do you think any human can adequately inspect three birds every second to ensure they are free of feathers, feces, lesions, bile and other contaminants?

Howard's Daily: The Hidden Causes of Bureaucratic Paralysis

Philip K. Howard | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

What is the metric, say, for a successful special ed program? The number of students helped? What if the quality of the program is lousy? Moreover, anyone familiar with cost-benefit analysis knows how easily the numbers can be fudged. Metrics can be useful as a tool of analysis but not as the sole lodestone of success or failure.

The Iron Law of Toxic Extraction

Carl Pope | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

A well-understood and established industrial process -- refining oil -- conducted in two states with rigorous environmental regulation and robust enforcement, every year, kills or injures workers. And the company responsible stonewalls inspectors.

Workers Can 'Don and Doff' Off the Clock, Says Court

Michelle Chen | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Michelle Chen

For workers in dangerous industries, safety should be non-negotiable. But the Supreme Court may have just given employers a little more leeway to put critical protections for workers on the table when bargaining over labor contracts.

America's Entitlement Society - Populated by Corporate Executives

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.22.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

In West Virginia after a cavalier chemical company poisoned the drinking water of 300,000 people, the corporate-hugging, right-wing extremist group Americans for the Prosperous congratulated itself for doling out bottled water one day.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Boehner: No New Regulations Needed After West Virginia Spill

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that no new regulations are needed after a chemical spill in West Virginia last week le...

Dave Jamieson

Safety Program That Lets Companies Police Themselves Has Huge Flaws

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The inspector general for the Labor Department says it has found flaws with a program that excuses U.S. businesses from certain safety i...

What's for Thanksgiving? Hopefully Not More Crippling Pain for Poultry Workers

Rena Steinzor | Posted 01.26.2014 | Home
Rena Steinzor

Workers who suffer grave ergonomic injuries from the repetitive motions of hanging, cutting, and packing the birds would endure conditions that are two or three times worse than the status quo.

Labor Department Wants Safety Reports Made Public

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department wants companies to begin filing all workplace injury and illness reports electronically so they...

It's Not Safe Out There

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

OSHA, the underfunded agency charged with enforcing the law, can't effectively shield either workers or whistleblowers. The agency is a soleless work boot -- fine on the surface but failing its purpose. As a result, it's not safe at work and not safe reporting dangers at work.