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Dave Jamieson

The Hidden Dangers In Temp Work

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.11.2013 | Business

The growing use of temporary or "contingent" workers in American industries like construction and warehousing has helped diminish corporate accountabi...

SHAMU FOR SALE -- Should You Invest in Captivity?

David Kirby | Posted 03.02.2013 | Green
David Kirby

Investing in the captivity of highly intelligent killer whales for public amusement carries with it considerable risks and drawbacks -- not just financially, but ethically and morally as well.

Even after workplace deaths, companies avoid OSHA penalties

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 02.20.2013 | Business
The Center for Public Integrity

By Chris HambyThe Center for Public IntegritySYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The temperature outside barely reached double digits on the morning of Jan. 15, 2009,...

'They weren't thinking of him as a human being'

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business
The Center for Public Integrity

By Jim Morris and Chip MitchellThe Center for Public IntegrityCHICAGO -- By the time Carlos Centeno arrived at the Loyola University Hospital Burn C...

Lynne Peeples

Sandy Cleanup Workers: Could Illness, Litigation Lie Ahead?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.09.2013 | Green

Greg Floyd recalled the burgeoning hazards when he first toured Sandy-damaged New York City public housing a couple days after the hurricane hit. "...

Sandy Recovery Must Include Safe Working Conditions

Rory Lancman | Posted 01.27.2013 | New York
Rory Lancman

OSHA and every other federal and state agency involved in recovering from Hurricane Sandy need to enforce our workplace safety rules vigorously for those men and women doing the dirty and dangerous job of getting New York back in order.

Forced Labor

Edward Flattau | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Republicans may rail against excessive rule-making, yet evidence suggests that as far as safety in American workplaces is concerned, the problem isn't too much regulation -- it's not enough.

Cole Stangler

Report Shows Cost Of Poor Safety Standards In Construction Industry

HuffingtonPost.com | Cole Stangler | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics

Construction injuries and fatalities cost the state of Maryland more than $700 million between 2008 and 2010, according to a report released Tuesday b...

Near Death At SeaWorld: Worldwide Exclusive Video

David Kirby | Posted 09.23.2012 | Green
David Kirby

A newly available video depicts the November, 2006 aggression incident by the female orca Kasatka against her highly experienced trainer, Ken Peters, at SeaWorld San Diego.

Cole Stangler

Football Players Association Joins Coalition Boycotting Hyatt Hotels

HuffingtonPost.com | Cole Stangler | Posted 07.23.2012 | Business

To protest what it describes as abusive working conditions, a coalition of labor unions and progressive groups including the National Football League ...

SeaWorld Appeal Fails in Orca Trainer Death

David Kirby | Posted 09.17.2012 | Green
David Kirby

SeaWorld has lost its attempt to appeal a scathing May 31 verdict from a federal law judge before the three-member Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC).

Is Shamu a Republican?

David Kirby | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
David Kirby

There are close ties between the entertainment parks' owner, venture capital firm The Blackstone Group, and Mitt Romney's campaign.

Big Week Looms Ahead for SeaWorld

David Kirby | Posted 09.10.2012 | Entertainment
David Kirby

The week of July 16 will be crunch time for America's favorite marine theme park, as SeaWorld braces for the next grueling phase in the aftermath of orca trainer Dawn Brancheau's death, two and a half years ago in Orlando.

Is Your Small Business Exempt from OSHA?

Reuters | Posted 07.11.2012 | Small Business

The Occupational Safety and Health Act covers most businesses that have employees. It has specific rules and regulations but it also specifies a numbe...

SeaWorld Appeals Verdict in Trainer's Death, Reopens Pool Where Killing Occurred

David Kirby | Posted 09.09.2012 | Green
David Kirby

In the highly-charged climate of 2012, SeaWorld Florida v. US Labor Secretary Solis heads to the Occupational Safety and Health Commission, whose three members are appointed by the President. It is up to the commissioners whether to review the ruling or not, making this political.

Time to Phase Out the Shamu Shows

David Kirby | Posted 08.15.2012 | Green
David Kirby

It is up to the courts and the government to decide if people should be allowed to perform in the water with killer whales. But it is up to the public, especially those who pay $80 or more to visit SeaWorld, to decide if orcas are better off in tanks, or in the ocean where they naturally evolved.

Labor Department Fires Warning Shot At Animal Entertainment Industry

David Kirby | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
David Kirby

OSHA's obligation is to protect all employees against any unnecessary risks. And if that means putting a physical barrier between human workers and potentially lethal animals, the Feds are saying so be it.

Federal Judge Blasts SeaWorld in Death of Orca Trainer

David Kirby | Posted 07.31.2012 | Green
David Kirby

SeaWorld has lost its legal battle to overturn a federal safety violation in the 2010 death of Orlando orca trainer Dawn Brancheau, and was roundly defeated in its attempt to vacate OSHA-mandated measures to protect the safety of trainers.

Dave Jamieson

Judge Rules Against SeaWorld Over Whale Trainer's Death

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.30.2012 | Green

"Are the emotions inspired by the grandeur of humans interacting with killer whales worth the dangers created by the interactions?" That was the qu...

What's an American Worker's Life Worth? About $5,900

David Macaray | Posted 07.28.2012 | Politics
David Macaray

The only realistic hope one has of working in a safe industrial environment is to join a union. By and large, union jobs are safer than non-union jobs. And given that a union's sole concern is the welfare of its members, why wouldn't they be?

Report: Complying With Regulations Doesn't Affect Companies' Bottom Line

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 07.17.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — While businesses bemoan the cost of regulations, a new study suggests that government enforcement of workplace health and safety ru...

Dave Jamieson

Feds Tell Hyatt To Lighten Housekeepers' Load

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.09.2012 | Business

After performing a series of hotel inspections, the federal agency that oversees workplace safety has sent a rare letter to the Hyatt Corporation reco...

End the Delays Deadly to Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Saturday is Workers' Memorial Day, a time devoted to commemorating those killed on the job. No one volunteers to sacrifice their life for corporate profit, yet every day in workplaces across this country, the lives of 12 workers are taken, not given.

Dying for Work

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.12.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Every day, 12 workers die on the job in America -- often because a corporation has defied regulations or ignored standard safety procedures. Many more die prematurely from work exposure to toxic materials.

Of Books, Boycotts, and Killer Whales

David Kirby | Posted 04.21.2012 | Books
David Kirby

My new book about killer whales in captivity -- Death at SeaWorld -- does not hit stores for another five months, and already there are two online petitions (here is one) to boycott the title and urge booksellers and the media to ignore and reject the book.