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Dave Jamieson

Feds Tell Hyatt To Lighten Housekeepers' Load | 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.

Life & a Cheap Death at Wal-Mart

Al Norman | Posted 04.09.2012 | Business
Al Norman

An everyday low price for a life -- from the company that made its fortune on cheap imported products -- like the labor of Romulo de Oliveira Santos.

One Walmart Store May Pay Big For Workplace Safety Violations

AP | Posted 02.08.2012 | Business

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The U.S. Labor Department has recommended fining Wal-Mart Stores Inc. $365,500 after inspectors say they found 24 workplace safety ...

Dave Jamieson

Is Industry Pressure Delaying Safety Rule At White House? | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A long-awaited federal rule designed to protect workers in the construction and mining industries has been tied up in red tape at the Wh...

Dave Jamieson

Roofers Now At Forefront Of The Regulatory Debate | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans claim the Obama administration is choking small business with burdensome workplace regulations. Democrats say the few new re...

Dave Jamieson

GOP Targets Rule That Protects Rooftop Workers From Falling | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In addition to blocking President Obama's health care law and slashing funding for job training, the budget plan presented by House Repu...

An Overview of Dismissed SOX Whistleblowers' Complaints

Brad Reid | Posted 11.26.2011 | Business
Brad Reid

A recent Department of Labor news release stated that a financial institution was ordered to reinstate a fired employee and pay him $930,000 for viola...

SeaWorld Fights OSHA Findings Toward Trainer's Death

AP | By MIKE SCHNEIDER | Posted 11.20.2011 | Green

ORLANDO, Fla. -- SeaWorld Orlando is fighting $75,000 in penalties from a federal job safety agency following last year's death of a trainer who was g...

Safety risks underscored by violations at ExxonMobil refinery

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.19.2011 | Green
The Center for Public Integrity

By Alexandra Duszak, iWatch NewsAs an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity's iWatch News has shown , oil refining is one of the countr...

Death at SeaWorld -- Should Videotapes of the Killing be Released?

David Kirby | Posted 11.19.2011 | Green
David Kirby

On Thursday, a federal judge ruled against the husband and family of Dawn Brancheau, the trainer who died in February 2010 at SeaWorld.

Friday Talking Points -- Labor Daze

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It surpasses all irony and actually enters into the realm of bitter humor that we're about to celebrate Labor Day when the unemployment rate remains at the sky-high level of 9.1 percent.

Deaths and safety violations found within OSHA's 'model' workplaces

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 09.10.2011 | Green
The Center for Public Integrity

By Chris Hamby, iWatch NewsPart of a series,"Model Workplaces, Imperiled Workers,"by the Center for Public Integrity's iWatch News. The first article ...

'Model workplaces' not always so safe amidst deaths and avoidable accidents

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

Despite deaths and avoidable accidents, companies stay in OSHA's 'voluntary protection' clubBy Chris Hamby, iWatch NewsFirst in a series, "Model Workp...

Dan Froomkin

OBAMA'S BIG MISTAKE: Ambivalent Regulator Cass Sunstein | Dan Froomkin | Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics

When President Barack Obama let it be known in January 2009 that he had selected Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein to be his regulatory czar, it was...

Lila Shapiro

The Decline in Workplace-Related Deaths | Lila Shapiro | Posted 06.28.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- The number of workplace-related deaths and injuries decreased slightly in 2009 according to the nation's largest labor union, but that's n...

Key OSHA Safety Initiative Potentially Delayed Months by White House Nitpicking

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 05.30.2011 | Business
Sidney Shapiro

Last week, the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) approved a survey to be conducted as part of the agency's efforts to develop an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2) standard.

Thirty Years of Regulatory Review

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 05.29.2011 | Business
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

Thirty years ago, President Reagan put cost-benefit analysis at the heart of how agencies like the EPA and OSHA do business and initiated one of the m...

Marcus Baram

Triangle Factory Fire's Legacy Under Threat | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"We have been legislated to death." - James T. Hoyle, Secretary of the Manufacturers' Association, explaining his opposition to new laws proposed in t...

Record Number Of Grain Bin Accidents In 2010

AP | MICHAEL J. CRUMB | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

DES MOINES, Iowa — Clumps of moldy corn crashed down around Lael Steinhoff, burying him above his waist for more than three hours before rescue ...

Hearing on SeaWorld Trainer's Death: Keep It Open to the Public

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Kirby

There is no possible rationale for closing these hearings and sealing the record, other than to protect a multibillion dollar corporation from airing its laundry before the public and press.

Marcus Baram

'The Watchdog': Health Fraud's 10 Most Wanted, Texas Rep. Joe Barton Slams EPA | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Welcome to our new blog, "The Watchdog," which will keep a close eye on regulatory agencies and how their actions impact the lives of everyday America...

Obama's Appeasement of Business Interests Has Real-Life Costs

Rena Steinzor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

Sixteen months ago, President Obama issued a ringing call for a progressive vision of government. But today he's embracing a far less generous vision.