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February 2019

U Comm Blog:  Construction Deaths in New York City Fall -- 02/06/19

Construction remains as one of the deadliest professions in New York, especially if you work on a non-union job site. That is the findings of a new report that was released by New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH)...What is causing the increase in deaths? NYCOSH points out that the penalties for failing to meet OSHA safety standards are still quite low. 

Daily News: Force labor-busting Amazon to change course: Their hostility to unions should be the last straw breaking the back of this rotten deal -- 02/05/19

Working at Amazon is dangerous. Seven workers have died at Amazon’s U.S. facilities since 2013, leading the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health to name Amazon one of its “Dirty Dozen” employers in 2018.

InsiderNJ: Transit Equity Rally in Paterson: Workers & Community Members Advocate for Accessible Public Transit Run on Clean, Renewable Energy -- 02/04/19

“Increasing the use of our public transportation is essential to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate climate change. Electrifying that transit system will not only reduce pollution from the large, diesel-powered vehicles but also will improve the health of transit workers. Lung and heart disease and cancer are known impacts of air pollution and transit workers get the brunt of it by spending long days inhaling dirty air,” said Debra Coyle McFadden, Executive Director of the New Jersey Work Environment Council. “We need to protect our workers and our communities by making public transit run on clean and renewable energy accessible to everyone.”

WPRI 12: 2nd worker in 5 years dies at seafood processing plant -- 02/01/19

The Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) said Couto was injured while working on equipment on Jan. 2, 2019, while OSHA said he succumbed to those injuries days later...“If, in fact, the exact same violation occurred five years later and that’s what is confirmed, then Sea Watch International isn’t doing what they need to do to ensure their workers are safe and, more importantly, not learning from tragic fatalities,” MassCOSH Executive Director Jodi Sugerman-Brozan said...MassCOSH says the seafood processing industry in New England is primarily made up of temporary immigrant workers.

OH & S: Report Finds Construction Fatalities Continue to Increase in New York State -- 02/01/19

New York's construction industry continues to be "highly dangerous" for workers, according to the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health's latest construction fatality report, released Jan. 30. In the report, Deadly Skyline: An Annual Report on Construction Fatalities in New York State, researchers found that while New York State has seen an increase in fatalities related to construction, construction fatality rates in New York City construction continue to decrease...NYCOSH's report includes multiple recommendations to mitigate the risk of construction fatalities, including increasing the role of New York State in protecting construction worker safety and preserving New York's Scaffold Safety Law. In our new 'Deadly Skyline' report on construction fatalities in New York, we found that over the past five years, as construction deaths on the job have been mostly decreasing in New York City, they have been mostly increasing in New York State," said Charlene Obernauer, executive director of NYCOSH. "'Deadly Skyline' points to the need for New York State to proactively protect construction workers—particularly Latino and immigrant workers—with protective policies."

January 2019

SunNews: Construction Deaths Climb in NY State -- 01/31/19

The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) has released its annual report (“Deadly Skyline”) on construction fatalities in the state, showing 69 construction workers died statewide in 2017, including 20 in New York City.

WorkersCompensation: ‘Deadly Skyline’: Construction Deaths Keep Climbing in New York State, But Fall in New York City -- 01/31/19

Construction worker fatalities remain on the rise in New York state while continuing to decline in New York City, according to an annual report released by the advocacy group New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.

Safety + Health: ‘Deadly Skyline’: Construction deaths keep climbing in New York state, but fall in New York City -- 01/30/19

Concord Monitor: Judy Stadtman and Arnie Alpert: Walmart example shows why we need higher minimum wage -- 01/29/19

Judy Stadtman is board vice chair of the N.H. Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health.

EHS Today: Are You Sick and Tired of Working Too Hard? -- 01/27/19

“Fatigue from overwork, with limited opportunities for rest and recovery, can lead to dangerous workplace injuries, illnesses and even fatalities,” cautions Jessica Martinez, co-director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH).

Politico:  Ross doesn't get it -- 01/25/19

Leaders of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health also warned that excepted personnel like air traffic controllers, TSA officers and safety inspectors, who are working through the shutdown, are taking up second jobs, which they say is a safety concern.

City Limits: Federal Work Safety Inspectors Have Eased Penalties in NY Under Trump -- 01/22/19

Even with that raise, New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health found in a study that in construction fatality cases in New York, average fines actually went down 7 percent in 2017.

Seafood Source: Sea Watch worker dies after accident at New Bedford plant -- 01/22/19

William Couto, of Acushnet, Massachusetts, was injured when his clothing became entangled in a running motor, according to the nonprofit Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH).

Roll Call: Congress must turn the corner on big tech this year -- 01/22/19

Retail Gazette:  Amazon rolls out “robotic tech vest” to prevent robots colliding with workers -- 01/21/19

Gizmodo: Amazon Is Rolling Out a 'Robotic Tech Vest' to Keep Workers From Getting Hit by Robots -- 01/19/19

Last April, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health released a report claiming that Amazon was one of the most dangerous workplaces in the country. The organization wrote that CEO Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, gathered such riches “in large part, on a business model that features a relentless work pace and constant monitoring of employees.” Between 2013 and the release of the report, National COSH found that seven workers had died at Amazon warehouses. In fact, Amazon landed on the National Council for Occupational Health and Safety’s 2018 “dirty dozen” list.

The Boston Globe: Seafood worker dies from injuries at New Bedford plant -- 01/18/19

For the second time in five years, a worker at the Sea Watch International seafood processing plant in New Bedford has died after getting caught in machinery, according to the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health. William Couto, 63 of Acushnet, was injured Jan. 2 after his clothing was entangled in a running motor, and he died Jan. 6, according to the social services organization, known as MassCOSH

Futurism: Amazon Built Vests to Protect Warehouse Workers From Its Robots -- 01/18/19

Last year, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health put Amazon on its “dirty dozen” list of the most dangerous U.S.-based companies to work for, nothing that seven workers were killed at Amazon’s warehouses since 2013.

Popular Mechanics: Infant Girl Found Dead in Amazon Warehouse -- 01/17/19

Seven workers have died in the company's warehouses since 2013, according to a report from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health that listed the tech giant as one of the most dangerous places to work in the country.

Denton Record-Chronicle: Simone Carter: Why I'm boycotting Amazon -- 01/15/19

Seven factory workers have died on the job since 2013, either from accidents or natural causes triggered by heinous working conditions, according to a report by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. This shameful track record earned Amazon a spot on 2018’s “dirty dozen” list compiled by NCOSH.

High Country News: After natural disasters, workers rebuild — and face exploitation -- 01/03/19

But the state’s enforcement mechanism for these rules — the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA — is severely under resourced, said Jessica Martinez, the co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, a federation of worker advocacy groups. The department is authorized to employ just 275 inspectors, which amounts to one inspector for roughly every 60,000 workers in the state. A complaint “could take years” to be investigated, she said. That leaves employers with little scrutiny into their workplace safety practices. “Legally (employers) are supposed to provide a healthy and safe working environment,” said Nicole Marquez, a senior staff attorney with Worksafe, a California-based workers-rights organization. “But a lot of times that just doesn’t happen.” 

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