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Next week is Workers' Memorial Week of Action -- and here's what you can expect

If we’ve seemed a little light on the blogging the past few weeks, it’s because we’ve been gearing up for Workers’ Memorial Day, and this year’s Workers’ Memorial Week of Action.

This week-long commemoration (April 22-28) is set to be the largest, most powerful observance of injured and fallen workers yet, with actions and events – not to mention compelling reports and testimonies – across the country. Read about some of them here!

New York Times keeps pressure on worker health and safety

It’s been a big week for covering workplace safety at the New York Times. Last weekend, the Gray Lady published a major, front-page, above-the-fold investigation into a chemical used in workplaces across the country that is known to make workers sick – and how regulators have done little to stop its use.

Three years after Upper Big Branch

It has been three years since 29 miners perished in a Raleigh County, W.Va., mine explosion, and what do we have to show for it? Not much.

In the wake of the Upper Big Branch disaster, Congress has yet to enact legislation that would protect miners who plunge into the depths of the Earth – and it’s the miners who are suffering the consequences.

New York Times feature explores occupational illness, regulatory inadequacies

The New York Times’ Ian Urbina released an important exposé over the weekend about workers at a North Carolina furniture company who have been sickened by a chemical used in the furniture glue. 

U.S. Surgeon General affirms danger of asbestos exposure during National Asbestos Awareness Week

Just in time for the National Asbestos Awareness Week, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin said today that “… there is no level of asbestos exposure that is known to be completely safe.” 

A roundup of stories on grain bin deaths

Here is a collection of the recent stories on grain bin deaths, spearheaded by NPR, the Center for Public Integrity, and the Kansas City Star.

Be sure to look out for another story tonight on NPR's "All Things Considered."


News organizations tag-team investigation of grain bin deaths, employer accountability

The Center for Public Integrity, NPR, and the Kansas City Star came out with a triple-threat of articles this weekend describing the dangers of work in grain bins, reductions of employer fines, and criminal prosecution of negligent employers. The reporters spent months researching, interviewing, and piecing their investigation together -- and the stories paint a picture about the need to do more to protect workers from the hazards of working with grain bins.

Did you miss the paid sick leave call? Here are our tweets

Did you miss today's audio conference with the Center for Law and Social Policy about the intersection of workers' safety and paid sick leave? Fear not -- we live-tweeted. See our tweets below by starting at the bottom and working your way up. Remember to follow @NationalCOSH on Twitter!

Check back later for a recording of the call.


U.S. mining industry sees safest year on record, but success is limited

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is celebrating a year of improved safety – but the celebrations should be limited.

MSHA Chief Joseph Main last week at a West Virginia Mining Symposium – sponsored by the West Virginia Coal Association – indicated that the industry's fatality and injury rates have fallen drastically since the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act was enacted in 1977.