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National COSH releases "2014 Preventable Deaths: The Tragedy of Workplace Fatalities"

For Workers' Memorial Week, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health has released its annual report on preventable deaths in the U.S. workplace. More than 50,000 U.S. workers die each year due to occupational injuries and illnesses, according to the report.

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MassCOSH's landmark obesity study uncovers risks for low-wage workers

Today, MassCOSH, in partnership with UMass Lowell and the Boston Workers Alliance, released a new study that flips on its head how we look at obesity health risks in front of a packed room of leading community, municipal, state and federal obesity program specialists.

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Repeat a Lie Often Enough...

The New York Times ran a story on Sunday regarding Cass Sunstein's departure which stated that "Business lobbies and Republicans in Congress complain frequently about “job-killing” regulations, citing rules like ...the Department of Labor’s new worker-safety rules." 

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Landmark Temp Workers Bill Signed in Mass

A bill signed into law by Governor Patrick will ensure that the most egregious practices by some of the state’s temporary employment agencies will end.

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Conference Early Bird Registration Now Available!

Registration for our 2012 National Worker Safety and Health Conference to be held Dec. 6-7 at the Maritime Institute outside of Baltimore, MD is now open! The conference will feature over 30 workshops and panels on a wide range of health and safety topics led by many of the country's top trainers. Read more here.  

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40 Years after MSHA, Coal Miners Still Suffering from Black Lung

A great piece of investigative reporting by the Center for Public Integrity and NPR tells us this week that coal mining is still fatally dangerous to workers' health.

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Independent Report Says Massey at Fault for Deadly Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion

Here's a summary of the first independent report on the deadly Massey Mine tragedy.

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First Independent Report on Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion Expected Thursday

The results of the first independent investigation into the cause of the massive explosion at Massey's Upper Big Branch Mine that killed 29 miners on April 5, 2010, is expected to be publicly released on Thursday after it is shared with members of the victims' families.
 

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President Barack Obama Issues Workers Memorial Day Proclamation

President Barack Obama issued a proclamation in observance of Workers Memorial Day today, recognizing the workplace protections won by generations of workers throughout the years and recommitting his administration to ensuring the health and welfare of those who are on the job today.
 

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Press Release: Workers Memorial Day Events Around the Country Honor the Memory of Workers Killed on the Job

April 28, 2011 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The families and friends of Americans killed at work will unite tomorrow to remember those who have fallen and recommit themselves to strengthening protections for those who are still on the job as communities around the country commemorate Workers Memorial Day.    “This is a day of remembrance,” Tom O’Connor, the Executive Director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, said, “but that does not mean that we are looking backward.

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