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Entergy Blames Slow-Moving Isaac for Its Contractor Glitches

Susan Buchanan | Posted 11.11.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

How did Isaac stack up against past hurricanes? The slow-moving storm, with its rain and strong winds, damaged power grids across Louisiana, according to Entergy. Hall said "for New Orleans, Isaac was the second biggest storm in terms of customer outages after Katrina."

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...

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.

Dave Jamieson

More Workers Killed On Job In 2010, Labor Group Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.03.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Thirteen U.S. workers were killed on the job each day and roughly 50,000 died from work-related diseases in 2010, a worrisome increase i...

Dave Jamieson

Life-Saving Regulation Languishes As Campaign Money Flows

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal rule meant to protect the lungs of workers has been caught in bureaucratic purgatory for more than a year now, frustrating pub...

Dave Jamieson

Is Industry Pressure Delaying Safety Rule At White House?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

How Government Fails To Deliver On Worker Safety

iWatch News | Posted 12.13.2011 | Business

Persistent hazards at a top employer underscore regulators' mixed message -- and 'schizophrenic' tactics....

Sweatshops in America

Taylor Leake | Posted 12.04.2011 | Impact
Taylor Leake

The stories the Morning Call heard and published are pretty disturbing. This warehouse is, quite literally, a sweatshop.

Dave Jamieson

GOP Targets Rule That Protects Rooftop Workers From Falling

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Health Enables Returns: Workplace Program for Women Delivers Business Benefits

Aron Cramer | Posted 10.17.2011 | Business
Aron Cramer

Many companies debate how business can align its objectives with urgent social needs. With the world's economy stuck in neutral, the opportunity to unlock women's potential is too important an opportunity to pass up.

Lila Shapiro

The Decline in Workplace-Related Deaths

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Marcus Baram

Triangle Factory Fire's Legacy Under Threat

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

New Documentary on Triangle Fire to Air Tonight on HBO

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Kate Kelly

"Triangle: Remembering the Fire" brings the 1911 story to life partly by interspersing period film and photographs with narration by descendants of Triangle workers.

The Triangle Factory Fire Centennial and Why It Matters Today

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Kate Kelly

One hundred years ago, 146 young immigrant workers died in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire. The value of the past is learning to avoid mistakes of the future. We need to listen; we need to remember.

Prescription for Union Growth: Be Proactive, Take Risks

Edwin D. Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Edwin D. Hill

We have built our reputation by working with our unionized contractors to provide the best-trained, safest and most productive electrical construction workforce in the world.

Six Months After Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, Republicans Still Obstructing Progress

Jake Blumgart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Blumgart

If the Republicans and their industry allies are successful in sinking the Byrd Act, another option for worker safety reform won't present itself again soon, or at least until the next mine explodes.

Gov't Report Slams Labor Dept's Whistleblower Program

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
ProPublica

The federal agency responsible for worker safety isn't adequately protecting whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers, according to a report (PDF) released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.

Sick for Beauty: Protect the Health of Nail Salon Workers!

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Imagine how you would feel going to work every day and exposing yourself regularly to toxic chemicals that were eroding your health. Next time you get a mani/pedi, you should ask the same question.

How to Prevent an Empty Economic Recovery

Janet Murguía | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Murguía

During the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, May 2-8, 2010, Janet Murguía, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NC...

A Worker's Life Is Worth: $175,000. A Crab's: Millions.

Eve Tahmincioglu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eve Tahmincioglu

BP executives and managers have been screwing up for years when it comes to worker safety, and the recent deaths of 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon is only a continuation of a sad history for the company.

Sacrificing safety

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

The recent disasters in West Virginia and the Gulf Coast make one thing shockingly clear: the cost of dirty energy is too high for America's workers. ...

Deepest Condolences to Families of West Virginia Mine Victims

Rep. George Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. George Miller

Every day, miners show up for their shift knowing that there is a chance they may not return to their families. On a warm afternoon last Monday, the world was reminded of these dangers.

Deaths In The Fields: Why State Agencies Need Help Protecting America's Workers

David Dayen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Dayen

We need HR 2067, the Protecting America's Workers Act (PAWA). A fully resourced OSHA could fill in the gaps where the state-level agencies often fail.