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July 2019

Texas Observer: Texas Workers Are Dying on the Job at Alarming Rates - July 22, 2019

...On May 1 — International Workers’ Day — the Houston-based Fe y Justicia Worker Center released a grim report on the state of labor in Texas’ largest city. From February 2018 through March 2019, workers reported $1.36 million in stolen wages to the center, alongside safety and health violations ranging from a lack of bathroom breaks to amputations necessitated by flesh-eating bacteria. The Houston metro area regularly sees more worker deaths than both the more populous Los Angeles and Chicago metros.

Vox: I was a fast-food worker. Let me tell you about burnout. - July 15, 2019

... According to a 2015 survey of thousands of US fast-food employees by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, 79 percent of industry workers had been burned on the job in the previous year — most more than once.

June 2019

Safety+Health magazine: CSB says policies will be re-examined after recent incident reports - June 28, 2019

Kulinowski’s statement was made in response to two letters: One signed by a group of more than 50 advocates, including the executive directors of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, and another from United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities.

Politico, Morning Shift - 6/28/2019

At a public meeting on Tuesday, Interim CSB Executive Kristen Kulinowksi said the policy of excluding workers' names “is now under review,” an official from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, which had representatives at the meeting, confirmed to Morning Shift. Kulinowksi “has asked CSB general counsel to come back with recommendations,” according to NCOSH.

Huffington Post: Safety Board Reconsiders Decision To Stop Naming Dead Workers In Official Reports - 6/27/2019

During a public meeting held in Washington and over the phone Tuesday, the agency’s interim chief, Kristen Kulinowski, said she was asking the CSB general counsel to take another look at the policy on naming the dead, according to the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, an advocacy group with representatives on the call.

ISHN: CSB urged at meeting to resume policy of naming victims’ names - June 27, 2019

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will be reviewing a recent policy change, after testimony at its public meeting on Tuesday from occupational health experts and worker advocates opposed to the agency’s decision to stop naming incident victims in its reports.

CSB Interim Executive Kristen acknowledged “a lot of passion around this subject,” and said that she’d asked the agency’s general counsel to review the policy and to report back with recommendations. The CSB stopped including the names of those killed in the chemical accidents it investigated because doing so “may infer culpability on the part of the entity responsible for the operation of the facility where the incident occurred,” according to a spokesperson.

The names of workers who lose their lives on the job is “simple factual information that should be included” when reporting on chemical spills, explosions and other tragic events, said Peter Dooley, safety and health project consultant for National COSH.

Business Insurance: Safety shortfalls, culture contributed to Texas chemical blast: CSB - June 25, 2019

But many stakeholders objected to the CSB’s decision not to include dedication pages to the deceased employees in either the Pryor or DuPont LaPorte reports — a break from previous reports and recommendation documents — and urged the board to reconsider.

ISHN: Safety groups to CSB: Name the dead - June 20, 2019

In a letter to the CSB, more than fifty organizations and individuals demand that the agency reinstate its policy of naming the fatally injured workers in its reports – something it had previously done since 2014.

The letter, was signed by representatives of National COSH, American Federation of Government Employees; PhilaPOSH; International Chemical Workers Union; WisCOSH; Fe y Justicia Worker Center; United in Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities; occupational safety and health and public health educators from SUNY Downstate and UMass Lowell and occupational safety and health professionals, such as Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH.

Philadelphia Inquirer: How humans and robots work side-by-side in Amazon fulfillment centers - June 18, 2019

“Despite these vast resources,” a report from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health states, “there is little evidence the company has made a significant effort to address worker complaints about stress, overwork, and other conditions which can lead to illness, injuries and even fatalities.”

EHS Today: How National COSH Picks the Dirty Dozen: “We Listen to Workers” -- June 17, 2019

EHS Today published National COSH's response to their editorial, "The 12 Most Dangerous Companies of 2019" which posed questions about how the annual Dirty Dozen employers are chosen as well as criteria about hazards chosen for the report.

Governing:  Are Public Employees Safe at Work? --June 10, 2019

“States that have failed to create OSHA-approved plans are allowing a huge gap to exist in the safety net for public-sector employees,” says Goldstein-Gelb of the Council for Occupational Safety and Health. “It’s well-documented that OSHA standards save lives, so to fail to enact these measures subjects public employees to heightened risk of injury or death.”

May 2019

Portside: NY Farm Workers Have a Right to Organize -- May 25, 2019

“Today, the court recognized that farmworkers are entitled to the same rights as all other workers in New York state,” said Rebecca Fuentes, lead organizer with the Workers’ Center of Central New York. “Farmworkers make essential contributions to New York and to all of our lives. Their labor produces the food, nutrition, and money that sustain our economy and our communities.

Houston Chronicle: Local domestic worker becomes national worker rights leader -- May 24, 2019

De Leon immediately wanted to know how to participate in that kind of advocacy work. She signed up for the Fe y Justicia Worker Center contact list. A few days later she got a call asking her if she wanted to become a worker rights volunteer. She's been with Fe y Justicia ever since.

Salud America: Latino Workers More Likely to Die on the Job -- May 21, 2019

“In 2017, we lost 376 workers [in California],” Jora Trang, a managing attorney at the labor rights’ organization Worksafe, told KALW. “That’s more than one worker a day.”

Safety+Health: New poster encourages pork-processing workers to report injuries -- May 21, 2019

Washington — OSHA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service have published a poster encouraging pork-processing workers to protect their health by reporting work-related illnesses and injuries to employers.

The agencies call on workers to report early signs of hand pain and/or numbness; finger locking or stiffness; swelling in the hand, wrist or forearm; and back or shoulder pain. Other injuries and illnesses listed include cuts, bruises, skin rashes, difficulty breathing, hearing issues, and signs of infectious diseases such as fever and diarrhea.

According to the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, an advocacy group, meatpacking workers experience occupational illnesses at a rate 17 times higher than the national average.

Gizmodo: Facebook Caves, Increases Salaries and Benefits for Contractors -- 5/14/2019

Facebook has been dogged for years by unfavourable coverage about the conditions its contractors—moderators in particular—labour under. Last month, Zuckerberg’s empire was listed alongside McDonald’s, Amazon, and other infamous businesses on the US National Council for Occupational Safety and Health’s watchdog “Dirty Dozen” list of dangerous workplaces. Exposés revealing the endless minefield of extreme content reviewed by Facebook’s moderators go back at least half a decade.

Gizmodo: After Bear Repellent Incident, Amazon Plans to Store Some Hazardous Products at Specialized Warehouses -- 5/18/2019

Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, told Gizmodo in a statement at the time that a company like Amazon “that has set the industry standard for world-class logistics can and must do a better job of moving materials without hurting people.”

Detroit Free PressNational group blasts MIOSHA, asks for review

A national coalition called on Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel to review leadership of the state's workplace safety agency, citing retaliation against its inspectors, partiality toward employers and financial penalties so low that they are not a deterrent.

In asking Nessel to look into the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the coalition said recent investigations by the Detroit Free Press had revealed practices by MIOSHA that were "inconsistent with the agency's mission" of protecting workers from job-related injuries, illness and death.

April 2019

WORKERS' MEMORIAL WEEK MEDIA/DIRTY DOZEN

CBS News, April 24, 2019
Contract workers face growing risk on the job, labor group says
By Kate Gibson

Gizmodo, April 24, 2019
Amazon and Facebook Listed Among the Dozen Most Dangerous Workplaces
Bryan Menegus

Business Insurance, April 24, 2019
‘Dirty Dozen’ list of workplace safety violators released
Angela Childers  

Fall River Herald News-Apr 24, 2019
Fall River, New Bedford businesses named in 'dirty dozen' list
By Kiernan Dunlap

IntraFish Media, April 24, 2019
Atlantic Capes Fisheries pinged by nonprofit as an unsafe workplace

New York Magazine, April 25
American Workplaces May Be Getting More Dangerous
By Sarah Jones

Geekwire, April 25, 2019
Amazon and Facebook land on ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of dangerous workplaces in America
by Monica Nickelsburg

Daily Mail, UK, April 25, 2019
Amazon tops 'dirty dozen' list of most dangerous workplaces in the US for second year running and Facebook lands a spot for using low paid moderators to view shocking content
By Luke Kenton For Dailymail.com,

WBSM Radio, April 25, 2019
SouthCoast Companies Named in National 'Dirty Dozen' List

Politico, Morning Shift, April 25, 2019
AMAZON, MCDONALD’S INCLUDED IN ‘DIRTY DOZEN’

New Hampshire Labor News, April 25, 2019
National COSH Announces 2019 “Dirty Dozen” Employers

MultiBriefs.Com, April 25, 2019
Unsafe firms imperil US workers, occupational safety group report says
Seth Sandronsky

People's World, Apr 25, 2019
Amazon and McDonald's top 'Dirty Dozen' list of dangerous firms
By Mark Gruenberg

SeafoodSource, Apr 25, 2019
Atlantic Capes named in “Dirty Dozen” list, company claims false info
By Chris Chase

Undercurrent News, April 25, 2019
Atlantic Capes’ inclusion on ‘Dirty Dozen’ list based on false, outdated info, company says
 
SeafoodNews.com, April 25, 2019
Atlantic Capes Fisheries Claims Listing With 'Dirty Dozen' Companies Based on False Information

Times of India, April 26, 2019
Amazon, Facebook among the most 'dangerous' places to work

Safety and Health, April 26, 2019
Don’t become ‘numb’ to workplace deaths and illnesses, AFL-CIO president says during Workers’ Memorial Week

wkfr.com-Apr 26, 2019
Michigan Has 2 Of the Most Dangerous Places To Work In The US
By Dana Marshall
 
catcountry1073.com-Apr 26, 2019
Cape May Company On National Dangerous Places to Work List

Manchester Union LeaderWoman's quest to change NH worker safety laws about to yield results

Susi Nord, with the National Council on Occupational Safety and Health, has worked closely with Wooten…[U]ltimately, they’d like to see a New Hampshire-based OSHA plan for public employees, but Nord said the provisions of HB 406, if implemented, will be an improvement.

NBC News: Job-related falls should be easy to prevent. But workers keep dying anyway

Nearly 900 workers fell to their death in 2017 — the most since the U.S. started tracking such accidents nearly three decades ago. Peter Dooley of National COSH states:

"Fall-related violations that could endanger workers are so common that the average person can likely spot one by just walking around their neighborhood, said Peter Dooley, a health and safety project consultant for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health based in Arizona."

TexasMonthly: Margarita Cabrera’s Monumental ‘Arbol de la Vida’ Grows in San Antonio 

Space in Between began as a collaboration between Cabrera, the Houston gallery Box 13 ArtSpace, and the nonprofit Houston Interfaith Worker Justice Center (now called Fe y Justicia Worker Center), which helped connect Cabrera with the immigrants who would become her collaborators. “She was really humble in terms of listening to those who knew more about the community and what we needed,” says center cofounder Pancho Argüelles. “She wasn’t just lost in her own project. She had her eyes open to the actual people that showed up.”

March 2019

Houston Chronicle: Nonprofits outline disaster safety recommendations for immigrants -- 03/22/19

Marianela Acuña Arreaza, executive director of Fe y Justicia Worker Center, noted that in the wake of disasters, labor laws can be put on pause, especially when dealing with an undocumented labor force. The chemical plant fires in Deer Park this week are of particular concern, she said, when it comes to the safety and health of the clean-up crew, and whether they will receive appropriate healthy and safety training and equipment. “The last two weeks have reminded us of the importance of having a plan like this,” Arreaza said.

International Business Times: Tesla Workers Had More Injuries, Illnesses In 2018 Due To Model 3 Production -- 03/20/19

Peter Dooley a consultant for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health also expressed concern at the rapid jump in missed days and said it was “a pretty dramatic trend. That’s an indicator of really serious problems,” said Dooley, who is consulted by the United Auto Workers international union for educational programs.

Automative News Europe: Tesla factory injuries idled workers three times as much in 2018 -- 03/20/19

Mother Jones: She Injured Herself Working at Amazon. Then The Real Nightmare Began -- -3/19/19

“There’s this sense that people should be able to get what they want immediately,” says Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the watchdog nonprofit National Center for Occupational Safety and Health, tells Mother Jones. “But not at the expense of having your workers be disposable. Their bodies and lives aren’t disposable.”...In 2018, Amazon made the “dirty dozen” list of the most dangerous companies to work for, put out annually by National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, an independent worker safety group. 

Bloomberg: Tesla Staff’s Lost Workdays Triple on Factory Injuries, Illness -- 03/19/19

Tesla’s reported spike in missed days is “a pretty dramatic trend,” said Peter Dooley, a consultant for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. “That’s an indicator of real serious problems,” said Dooley, who coordinated educational programs for the United Auto Workers international union, which has more recently been trying to organize the Fremont factory.

NY Daily News: MTA finds low levels of silica dust along L train, assures riders air is safe to breathe -- 03/18/19

“It only takes a very small amount of respirable silica dust to create a health hazard,” said Charlene Obernauer, executive director of the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health. “New York City must also do their part to ensure that L train commuters are not being exposed to this hazard every day when they take the subway.”

InsideSources: Amazon’s NYC Retreat Should Be A Red Flag To Virginia -- 03/14/19

Virginians are also right to be disturbed by troubling reports of grueling working conditions inside Amazon warehouses and for delivery drivers. More and more employees are speaking out, and their stories range from unfair management demands to injuries and even death. In fact, the tech giant landed on the National Council for Occupational Health and Safety’s 2018 “dirty dozen” list.

Insurance Journal: OSHA Scraps Obama Workplace Injury Reporting Rule; 6 States Sue -- 03/11/19

“Data on occupational injuries and fatalities is a critical to ensuring healthy and safe workplaces,” said Jodi Sugerman-Brozan at the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health. “If we don’t understand what is hurting, or worse, killing workers, we can’t take action to reduce those hazards.”

OH&S: OSHRC Affirms Citation in Workplace Violence Case -- 03/08/19

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) filed an amicus brief in the OSHRC case, Secretary of Labor v. Integra Health Management, Inc. "It is well-known – and tragic – that health care and social service workers are frequent victims of workplace violence," said Jessica Martinez, co-executive director of National COSH. "Employers have a legal responsibility to act on this knowledge and provide a safe and healthy workplace. Integra failed and a social service worker lost her life."

EHS Today: OSHRC Holds Integra Health Management Accountable for Workplace Violence -- 03/08/19

In its amicus brief, National COSH argued that Integra had the ability to reduce the risk of workplace violence through: increasing the training for service coordinators; assigning an experienced service coordinator to initial assessments of patients with a history of violence; or implementing a mandatory buddy system so a service coordinator would not face a potentially violent situation alone.

NH Labor News: In Landmark Ruling, Employer Held Accountable After Social Service Worker Stabbed To Death -- 03/08/19

ISHN: Employer held accountable after social service worker stabbed to death -- 03/08/19

In its amicus brief, National COSH argued that Integra had the ability to reduce the risk of workplace violence.

The Herald News: Winners of poster contest to be recognized at State House March 14 -- 03/07/19

Over 200 students from across the state, ages 14 to 19, participated in the contest, which was co-hosted by the state’s Youth Employment and Safety Team and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health.

Framingham Source: Mass Attorney General Sues Trump Administration Over Workplace Injury Rules -- 03/06/19

“Data on occupational injuries and fatalities is a critical to ensuring healthy and safe workplaces,” said Jodi Sugerman-Brozan at the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH). “If we don’t understand what is hurting, or worse, killing workers, we can’t take action to reduce those hazards. The electronic record-keeping rule is meant to ensure that advocates like MassCOSH can conduct research on occupational health and safety, analyze the most serious workplace threats and push for stronger regulatory protections. Every worker deserves to come home to their families alive and well at the end of the day...Unions and advocacy organizations such as MassCOSH could also use this data to empower workers and hold employers accountable for prioritizing workers’ safety and health, and Massachusetts colleges and universities could use this data for research and to train students in fields that directly affect occupational health and safety.

WorkersCompensation: MA AG Healey Sues Trump Administration Over Rollback of Workplace Injury, Illness Reporting Rules -- 03/06/19

Houston Chronicle: Wage theft victim wins her case -- 03/05/19

She presented her case to the judge Tuesday, accompanied by her daughters and a member of the Fe y Justicia Worker Center...The Fe y Justicia Worker Center advised Soto in pursuing the wages owed.

Gotham Gazette: New York Construction Workers Remain at Risk Without Legislative Action -- 03/05/19

...a recent data analysis by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health (NYCOSH) confirms that stronger safety requirements in New York City are helping to reduce on-the-job fatalities while worker deaths continue to rise in other, less-regulated parts of the state.

Chron: More than $1.2 million stolen in Houston wages in 2018, report says -- 03/01/19

Workers in Houston reported more than $1.2 million in stolen wages last year according to a new study by Fe y Justicia Worker Center...“Labor abuses are not victimless crimes,” Marianela Acuña Arreaza, executive director of the worker center, said in a statement. “Wage theft means families getting evicted, parents being unable to afford their kids’ medication or their own.”...“Worker rights are community issues because they impact families, their neighborhoods and the economic ecosystem,” Arreaza said. “With this data collection we are getting a better understanding of the extent of it all.”

February 2019

San Antonio Express News: Free Houston screening of ‘Roma’ next week --02/21/19

Now, “Roma” is coming back to the big screen in Houston — for one night only in a special screening set up by the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Fe y Justicia Worker Center specifically for domestic workers.

NH Labor News: Do You Have A Bad Employer? Maybe You Should Submit Them To National COSH’s “Dirty Dozen” -- 02/25/19

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, a non-profit organization advocating for worker safety, announced today an open call for nominations of “Dirty Dozen” employers who put workers’ lives and limbs at risk through unsafe practices.

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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