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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.

New report exposes the dangers to poultry workers in Alabama

The Southern Policy Law Center and Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice came out with a report today that exposes the dangers Alabama’s poultry industry poses to plant workers and poultry consumers – dangers likely to intensify under proposed federal regulatory changes for the industry.

New report finds that immigrant workers in New Hampshire are ill-informed of occupational health and safety issues

A new report from NHCOSH and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services found that immigrants in the state knew little about occupational health and safety.

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How the Indiana state OSHA plan can improve its protection of workers

Ron Shawgo of The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Ind., has a set of articles today highlighting the state’s workplace safety agency’s decline in inspections and fines.

After recent spate of miner deaths in West Virginia, new safety rules desperately needed

Coal Miners, Photo by Earl DotterIn the past two weeks, four miners have been killed on the job in West Virginia. In response, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered a halt in production this week – for one hour – to review safety laws and procedures.

Immigration reform must include protections for rights of immigrant workers

Immigration workers' rights protestA new report out today by the International Labor Recruitment Working Group, which is made up of organizations working in various industries and with workers across employment sectors and visa categories, highlights the wide range of abuses endured by immigrant workers.

Much ado about the proposed -- and delayed -- silica rule

silica-dust-ruleAs you all know well by now, today is the two-year anniversary of the proposed silica rule, which would protect workers from exposure to dangerous levels of silica dust on the job, being sent to the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). Unfortunately, in those two years, nothing has happened on the regulatory level. OIRA was supposed to review the proposed rule in 90 days. It has now been 730.

Signs of change in Obama’s State of the Union address

Now safely in his second term, the whole country – National COSH included – seems to be studying President Barack Obama to see signs of whether he’s changed and what that means for the remainder of his tenure. And tonight, during his State of the Union address, we’ll get a peek at Obama’s post-election priorities. 

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