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June 2017

SalonJobs to die for: New report cites “dirty dozen” companies -- 6/12/17

Last week the National Council on Occupational Safety and Health, a federation with 21 affiliates in 15 states, observed Workers’ Memorial Week, a tribute to workers who have died on the job, by releasing a 27-page report about employer practices that put wage-earners at risk. The council dubbed the companies with the worst records the “Dirty Dozen 2017"...The group collected data for the Dirty Dozen from its affiliates’ network, as well as from community and labor allies, said Jessica Martinez, NCOSH’s co-executive director.

NH13 NH workers killed on job within days of each other -- 6/7/17

Three men were killed on the job in unrelated incidents on May 16, 17 and 23, according to the New Hampshire Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health. Christopher S. Hewey, 37 of East Alstead, died in Acworth in a trench collapse on May 16. George Moran, 70, died on May 17 in Wolfeboro after falling from a scaffold and Frederick Wilhelmi, 32 of Hudson, died May 23 while working for a tree service company. "These workplace fatalities are tragic and needless," said Brian Mitchell of NH COSH. "Most, if not all, workplace deaths are preventable using well-established safety measures."

Arizona Daily StarPeter Dooley: Is Arizona letting employers off the hook for safety violations? -- 6/7/17

Instead of squaring off with OSHA to defend its right to let employers off the hook, the ICA should team up with state and federal partners to focus on what’s important: Safety on the job for Arizona workers.

Wisconsin State FarmerDeaths at WI mill show need for enforcement of safety laws -- 6/4/17

From long and sad experience, we know that most of the events in which workers become sick, are injured, or lose their lives are preventable,” said Marcy Goldstein Gelb, executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH). “All employers must take pro-active steps to reduce workplace risks – but we can’t rely on voluntary action. OSHA needs resources to inspect workplaces issue fines and penalties, which have an important deterrent effect.”

May 2017

RevealSenators want probe of Labor Department secrecy, policy delays -- 5/20/17

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health estimated that the new rule would save 600 lives a year. But the US Chamber of Commerce, oil and gas lobbyists and other industry groups railed against the rule, saying it was unnecessary and would cost billions.

Bloomberg BNAArizona Improperly Lowered Safety Fines, OSHA Says -- 5/18/17

Arizona officials improperly reduced safety and health violation fines in some cases considered by the Industrial Commission of Arizona, the agency that oversees Arizona’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, according to a letter from federal OSHA. OSHA’s review of Arizona commission practices was prompted by the complaint of private safety consultant, Peter Dooley, to the agency and an investigation by the Arizona Star, a Tucson newspaper...[t]he letter was provided to Bloomberg BNA by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health.

Arizona Capitol TimesFeds warn Arizona about lowering workplace injury fines -- 5/17/17

The federal agency investigated after a December complaint from a workplace safety group known as the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. The agency had been monitoring state commission meetings for months previously...“When you reduce fines and downgrade violations again and again, you’re sending a message that workers’ lives are not valued,” Peter Dooley, Tucson-based project safety consultant for the group, said in a statement.

Safety + HealthDemocrats introduce bill to restore ‘Volks’ recordkeeping rule -- 5/17/17

“Tens of thousands of Americans die every year from preventable illnesses and injuries in the workplace, and millions more are hurt on the job,” Marcy Goldstein Gelb, National COSH co-executive director, said in a May 15 press release. “If we let employers get away with failing to report safety problems, we’re putting workers at risk. It’s also unfair to responsible companies who keep accurate records; they deserve a level playing field.”

Arizona Daily StarArizona commission improperly slashes workplace safety penalties, feds say -- 5/16/17

“The big question is what the implication of this will be, in terms of the follow-up the state does to address these concerns,” said Peter Dooley, a Tucson-based workplace safety consultant with the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. Dooley said scrutiny from the Star over the course of six months in 2016, and the resulting December 2016 Star article on the commission’s practices, helped drive federal OSHA’s investigation. “That certainly brought attention to the issue...There’s no question that played a role.”

The Pump HandleCriticism of Arizona’s arbitrary reduction in workplace safety penalties -- 5/16/17

Peter Dooley with the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health explained to the Star’s Emily Bregel one of several concerns about the ICA’s involvement in reviewing ADOSH’s findings: Commissioners are “so far removed from what’s happening at that workplace….[it] seems like a process fraught with problems.” 

Capital & Main: Jobs to Die For: Report Cites “Dirty Dozen” Companies -- 5/3/17

Last week the National Council on Occupational Safety and Health, a federation with 21 affiliates in 15 states, observed Workers’ Memorial Week, a tribute to workers who have died on the job, by releasing a 27-page report about employer practices that put wage-earners at risk. The council dubbed the companies with the worst records the “Dirty Dozen 2017.” Of the 12 employers, three have California headquarters. The group collected data for the Dirty Dozen from its affiliates’ network, as well as from community and labor allies, said Jessica Martinez, NCOSH’s co-executive director, on a call to Capital & Main. The criteria included injury severity, state and federal authorities’ sanctions and workers’ activities to improve their job conditions.

People's WorldWorker safety group names the most dangerous employers -- 5/2/17

Among the companies the Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) identifies as this year’s Dirty Dozen are a Boston contractor whose indifference to safety led to the deaths of two workers in a trench collapse and a Lansing, Illinois, tanker cleaning service that did nothing to prevent fumes from filling a tank car and killing an employee...National COSH released its report in advance of Workers Memorial Day, this past April 28, unveiling it at a press conference April 26.

glassBYTEsFuyao’s Ohio Facility Named in the National COSH 2017 “Dirty Dozen” Report -- 5/1/17

In observance of Workers’ Memorial Week, a global event meant to honor workers who’ve died or have been injured at the workplace, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH) announced “The Dirty Dozen” employers of 2017...Jessica Martinez, co-executive director of NCOSH, explains that the “Dirty Dozen” report is a call to action for these employers to eliminate unsafe practices for the betterment of its employees and workplace environment.

April 2017

The Detriot NewsMichigan workplace fatalities highest in a decade -- 4/29/17

Peter Dooley, senior project coordinator for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, said Michigan could do more to reduce on the job deaths. He said the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s fines for fatalities and serious violations are “pitifully low” when compared with other states and federal enforcement. “This sends a message that it’s cheaper to violate health and safety standards rather than comply,” he said.

UnivisionEstudios revelan que los hispanos mantienen la tasa más alta de mortalidad en el trabajo en EEUU -- 4/28/17

El Consejo Nacional para la Salud y Seguridad Laboral (COSH), una organización privada sin ánimo de lucro, advirtió en vísperas de este día conmemorativo que la situación podría empeorar si el endurecimiento de políticas migratorias obliga a los indocumentados a vivir en la sombra. "La realidad es que los latinos son asignados frecuentemente a los trabajos más peligrosos y sucios", denunció la codirectora ejecutiva de COSH Jessica Martínez, en declaraciones recogidas por Efe. "Estos no son problemas nuevos, pero son urgentes..." El Consejo Nacional para la Salud y Seguridad Laboral (COSH) denuncia que la amenaza del gobierno de Donald Trump de endurecer las deportaciones de indocumentados también puede tener un impacto en los trabajadores hispanos, así como el anuncio de recortes de presupuestos a la Administración de Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional (OSHA).

The Pump Handle: Worst of the worst for worker rights and safety: “Dirty Dozen” profiled in new report -- 4/28/17

Who would do such things? Regrettably, far too many employers and 12 of them are profiled in the report “The Dirty Dozen 2017: Employers who put workers & communities at risk.” It was released this week by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) as part of global commemorations of Worker Memorial Day.

KMEX-TV'Los Ángeles en un Minuto': trabajadores latinos tienen la tasa de mortalidad más alta comparada con otros grupos, según informe del Concejo Nacional de Salud -- 4/27/17

EHSTodayThree of the Dirty Dozen: Dedicated TCS, Nissan USA and Pilgrim’s Pride --4/27/17

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) recently named 12 employers to its “Dirty Dozen” list for 2017. You can find the entire “Dirty Dozen 2017: Employers Who Put Workers & Communities at Risk” on the National COSH web site...

HoyHispanos mantienen más alta tasa de mortalidad en trabajo, según datos -- 4/27/17

Los trabajadores hispanos mantienen la más alta tasa de mortalidad en el lugar de trabajo en el país, situación que podría empeorar si el endurecimiento de políticas migratorias obliga a los indocumentados a vivir en las sombras, alertó hoy el Consejo Nacional para la Salud y Seguridad Laboral (COSH)..."La realidad es que los latinos son asignados frecuentemente a los trabajos más peligrosos y sucios", acusó hoy Jessica Martínez, codirectora ejecutiva de COSH durante una conferencia telefónica...Estos no son problemas nuevos, pero son urgentes."

Safety+Health: Safety advocates call for stronger protections during Workers’ Memorial Week -- 4/27/17

The AFL-CIO, National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, and the National Safety Council are among the organizations renewing the call for improved worker protections as part of Workers’ Memorial Week...National COSH on April 26 revealed its annual list of The Dirty Dozen, calling out U.S. companies that the organization claims have jeopardized worker safety. “These companies are putting workers at risk, as well as their families and surrounding communities,” National COSH Co-Executive Director Jessica Martinez said during an April 26 press conference. The report cites an OSHA estimate that each workplace fatality costs the U.S. economy $8.7 million when factors such as legal costs, medical costs, lost productivity and new worker training are taken into account.

MLive: Why so many workers are falling to their deaths in Michigan -- 4/27/17

Inspections can't take the place of strong enforcement, argued Peter Dooley, senior project coordinator for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health"The thing that people don't realize is there's not a state or federal agency that will inspect workplaces regularly...You need to have strong enforcement in public so that employers know there is a disincentive if they don't have good safety programs."

Boston Globe: On-the-job deaths hit 10-year high -- 4/27/17

Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, said the rise in deaths reflects the increase in workers employed by subcontractors and staffing agencies that are less invested in worker safety.

InsideOSHAOnline: Safety Coalition Pushes Back Against Likely Trump Cuts To OSHA In FY18 -- 4/26/17

The coalition, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH), released an April 26 report, “The Dirty Dozen: Employers Who Put Workers & Communities at Risk,” that charges that proposed cuts to DOL will reduce OSHA enforcement, which has helped drive a decline in worker deaths since the Occupational Safety and Health Act was enacted in 1970.“Fewer resources for inspection, investigation and enforcement will mean more injuries and fatalities in U.S. Workplaces,” the report says. Citing OSHA estimates, the group says each worker death costs $8.7 million in expenses and lost productivity. “A workplace death is also a highly disruptive and expensive event for employers.”

Dayton Daily News: Fuyao makes ‘The Dirty Dozen’ list of national companies -- 4/26/17

Fuyao Glass America was named to “The Dirty Dozen” employers list, which highlights U.S. companies that a safety organization say put workers at risk through unsafe practices. The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health releases the list in observance of Workers’ Memorial Week, honoring workers who lost their lives on the job.

WHIOFuyao makes ‘The Dirty Dozen’ list of national companies -- 4/26/17

Fuyao Glass America was named to “The Dirty Dozen” employers list, which highlights U.S. companies that a safety organization say put workers at risk through unsafe practices. The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health releases the list in observance of Workers’ Memorial Week, honoring workers who lost their lives on the job.

ISHN: Naming names: “The Dirty Dozen” IDs the worst safety violators -- 4/26/17

A glass company that doesn’t allow employees to wear gloves. A fire disaster waiting to happen. A severe violator who had two workers drown in a trench. These were among the employers named in this year’s “Dirty Dozen,” a list of nation’s worst safety offenders compiled annually by National COSH, a coalition health and safety organizations that advocate for the elimination of preventable hazards in the workplace.

EHSToday: He Died Standing: Tales from the ‘Dirty Dozen’ -- 4/26/17 

The "Dirty Dozen 2017" report – which highlights 12 companies that put workers and communities at risk due to unsafe practices – was released on April 26 in observance of Workers’ Memorial Week, which honors workers who lost their lives on the job and their families. The list was created by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) with input from its network of 21 COSH groups in 15 states and worker advocates around the country...“Every day in the United States, workers are getting hurt, getting sick and dying from preventable causes,” said Jessica Martinez. “We know how to make our workplaces safer. We’re calling on these companies to implement effective health and safety programs including, which must include worker participation. These firms need to eliminate workplace hazards and take action so that every worker can return home safely at the end of his or her shift.”

EHSToday: OSHA Delays Enforcement of Crystalline Silica Standard in the Construction Industry -- 4/7/17

With construction season underway, “three months of delay means that millions of workers will be exposed to hazardous silica dust that will make them sick and take their lives,” said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of National COSH. “Tools to wet down silica dust and vacuum it up are practical, affordable and readily available. The new standard was announced more than a year ago and employers are aware of their responsibilities to limit worker exposure. To protect workers, the time to act is now.”

The Daily Reporter: OSHA delays enforcement of silica rule -- 4/6/17

Jessica Martinez, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, on Friday slammed the proposed delay to the silica rule. In a written statement, Martinez said that although the delay is only by three months, it comes at a time when construction season will be in full swing, meaning that 2 million construction workers will potentially be exposed to dangerous levels of silica dust. “It is backed by solid scientific evidence and the experience of workers who have suffered cancer, silicosis and other life-threatening diseases,” she said. “There is no reason for delaying this rule, which will save more 600 lives each year.”

March 2017

WTNH NEWS8: Sen. Blumenthal to help lead workplace safety legislation -- 3/27/17

Representatives of the construction trades in Connecticut (a ConnectiCOSH-led delegation) joined with Senator Richard Blumenthal Monday in denouncing Republican-led votes in the U.S. Senate that will rollback major workplace safety regulations...“OSHA’s our police so when you start taking away their ability to do their job it’s just like police not being able to go out there on the streets and make them safe. To ‘serve and protect’ is what OSHA does to us,” said David Roche, President of CT Building Trades.

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). 

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