Today – April 28th – National COSH and a coalition of worker safety groups are releasing the U.S. Worker Fatality Database, which shows the names, people and stories behind the statistical reports of deaths on the job. It is the largest open-access data set of individual workplace fatalities ever collected in the United States.
For Workers’ Memorial Week 2015, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health has released Not An Accident: Preventable Deaths 2015. This annual report provides details on and context for the yearly toll of worker fatalities in the U.S.
At least 3.8 million work-related injuries and illnesses occur in the U.S. every year, and the century-old Workers’ Compensation system is intended to provide financial and medical relief to affected workers. Two recent reports – one from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and one from NPR and ProPublica -- revealed how the Workers’ Comp safety net is being torn to shreds.
National COSH, with help from local COSH partners, has launched SpeakUp4SafeWork.org, a bilingual website that tells the stories of American workers facing daily hazards on the job. The new site will be a resource for activists, journalists, policy makers and the public, giving workers a chance to shine a light on the dangerous conditions that exist in many American workplaces.
A coalition of safety advocates, including National COSH, has filed a petition before the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC), calling for greater worker and public participation in Commission proceedings.
“Workers know best how to prevent the hazards that cause injuries, illnesses and death on the job,” says Mary Vogel, Executive Director of National COSH.