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.
The oratorical nihilism of conservative House Republicans is now poised to bring our country to the brink of financial collapse. They've succeeded in shutting the government down, putting politics in front of the public good and even common sense.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has finally put a hard number on the number of persons who die each year as a result of infection from bacteria resistant to antibiotics: 23,000. The hospital setting is where most of these superbugs are born, raised and transmitted.
Cancer treatments are being halted. We have ceased the monitoring of disease outbreaks. Our nation's health security is being put at risk. And, in the end, innocent women and men, whose only crime is the inability to obtain health insurance, will suffer and die.
Today, you rarely see a prosecutor bring criminal charges against a corporation for the death of a worker. Instead, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) imposes minimal civil fines on companies for worker deaths.
A major problem has managed to escape the public's attention amid all the bluster over health care: The people we rely on to take care of us are themselves suffering injuries and illnesses at an alarming rate.
Howard Shelanski's confirmation hearing comes at a crucial juncture in the Obama presidency. Progress on many important rules has been halted, including the EPA' rule to limit greenhouse gas emissions from future power plants.
Why isn't the American public calling for the arrest, conviction, and imprisonment of Donald Adair, the owner of the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas, where an explosion on April 17 killed 14 people?
Yesterday, homeowners who have been royally screwed over by big Wall Street banks risked not only arrest but worse in demonstrations at the Department of Justice demanding that they start prosecuting bankers rather than the people ripped off by them.
If you want to see why the public approval rating of Congress is down in the sub-arctic range all you have to do is take a quick look at how the House and Senate pay worship at the altar of corporations, banks and other special interests at the expense of public need.
The evidence is now overwhelming that lax enforcement was abetted by the seven state and Federal agencies that looked the other way or failed to see its 270 tons of potentially explosive ammonium nitrate.
Even as SeaWorld and OSHA engage in settlement talks over the 2010 death of orca trainer Dawn Brancheau, the company has suffered a legal setback in its fight to keep OSHA inspectors from interviewing trainers about federally mandated safety measures before the mediation process concludes.
As an eco-designer focused on wellness in the home, it is my belief that most U.S. based manufacturing firms adhere to rigorous testing criteria, environmental standards and sustainability programs that lift them to the next level in their stewardship of our environment.
This week, NPR broadcast an interesting report about a researcher who has been studying health effects on workers on frac crews. Not familiar with hydraulic fracturing, he expected to find the workers exposed to toxics in drilling fluids when he want on location. What he found was very different.