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March 2017

Safety + Health: National COSH releases ‘action agenda’ for protecting workers -- 3/15/17

More needs to be done to protect workers, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health says. More than 90 other organizations agree. Those groups have endorsed National COSH’s action agenda, Protecting Workers’ Lives and Limbs, released March 15. “We can’t wait for tragedy to strike before we take action,” Jessica Martinez, co-executive director of National COSH, said in a press release. “We have to improve our safety laws and insist on tough enforcement before workers are hurt or killed on the job.”

February 2017

The Boston GlobeBoston drain firm indicted in fatal trench collapse -- 2/8/17

...The indictments are a “very important, bold step” in enforcing workplace safety laws, said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. “This isn’t something that has happened frequently in Massachusetts, but it’s a growing tool that DAs are recognizing” is available “when there are employers that recklessly put their employees in harm’s way. . . . This was so egregious.”

January 2017

Payday ReportSpike in Latino Workplace Deaths Has Many Worried About Trump Era -- 1/25/17

Today, the Trump Administration announced a series of moves designed to crack down on undocumented workers living in the country, promising in immigration-related executive orders to target and deport immigrants who have entered the United States illegally and foreign guestworkers that overstay their work visas...Activists say that, with a likely weakened OSHA and undocumented workers heightened fears, it will be up to them to do even more education and organizing to make workers feel comfortable speaking up for safety.

Safety + Health: Construction worker deaths on the rise throughout New York: report -- 1/25/17

Construction worker fatalities have been rising in New York City and throughout the state - and Latino workers are particularly at risk due to falls and willful violations - according to an annual report released Jan. 18 by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health

Insurance Journal: Report Finds New York Construction Fatalities, Regulatory Violations Rising -- 1/24/17

The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) found in its latest construction fatality report that construction worker deaths are rising in New York, and many construction employers across the state are consistently violating regulations and code requirements. 

EHS Today: "Workers Falling Out of the Sky": NYCOSH Report Reveals Uptick in New York Construction Fatalities -- 1/19/17

The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) along with members from Greater New York LECET, the Building and Construction Trades Council, New York City Council members and community organizations gathered Jan. 18 to release its latest construction fatality report, "Deadly Skyline" An Annual Report on Construction Fatalities in New York State." 

The New York Times: 2 Years, 31 Dead Construction Workers. New York Can Do Better -- 1/16/17

Between 2011 and 2015, the number of building permits issued in New York City jumped by more than 18 percent, but the number of OSHA inspectors for all of New York State dropped by more than 13 percent (as of 2014, there were only 71 in the state).