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COSH Network in the News 2016
The Chief: Worker-Safety Advocates Fear Potential Changes Under Anti-Regulation Trump --12/30/16
"We have been working for years with local career OSHA, DOL, and EPA officials who have worked both through Democratic and Republican Presidents, and we are hearing that they don't know what to expect from the incoming administration," said Charlene Obernauer, executive director of the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health. Last year NYCOSH, a workplace-safety nonprofit, trained more than 15,00 workers, regardless of their immigration status, on workplace safety and OSHA rules and regulations.
Boston Globe: Labor vigil calls for improved worker safety -- 12/21/2016
Speakers at the vigil, organized by the Massachusetts Coalition For Occupational Safety and Health, also demanded the passage of a bill pending in the Legislature that would extend safety protections for public sector workers to those in the private sector.
CBS Local: Vigil Honors Those Who Died in Workplace Accidents -- 12/20/2016
Last year, the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health said the state reached a five-year high for deaths. They claim 63 people were killed on the job, many of them immigrant workers.
Arizona Daily Star: Penalties for workplace safety violations get extra cuts in Arizona -- 12/19/2016
Peter Dooley, a Tucson-based senior project coordinator for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, said ADOSH inspectors have better insight into appropriate penalties than Industrial Commission members who review them later.
Commissioners are “so far removed from what’s happening at that workplace,” he said. “To me, that seems like a process fraught with problems.”
Stamford Advocate: OSHA penalties decline by 50 percent -- !2/19/2016
Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, said that in 2015, the average penalty for a serious violation was $2,148 for federal OSHA. In 2012, the average penalty under federal OSHA for a serious violation was slightly higher at $2,156.
The Chief Leader: TWU Members to MTA: These Boots Aren't Made for Working -- 12/19/2016
“Under OSHA regulations, companies have to pay for personal protective footwear if it’s required, and they have to conduct a hazard analysis as a way to determine the specifications that the boots have to meet,” said Charlene Obernauer, executive director of the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.
New Jersey Star-Ledger: No minimum wage hike for workers, but Christie gets a book deal? -- 12/19/2016
Opinon piece by New Jersey Work Environment Council Executive Director Dan Fatton and Louis Di Paolo, coordinator for Better Choices for New Jersey.
New York Daily News: Stewart to inform 9/11 first responders about free health care -- 12/17/2016
Watch parties will take place at the Manhattan Borough President’s office as well as in New Jersey, Connecticut and Long Island. Participating organizations include the FealGood Foundation, 9/11 Health Watch, NYCOSH, 9/11 Environmental Action and Voices of September 11th.
Wicked Local Braintree: Safe workplace coalition will stage vigil for man killed in Braintree water tank -- 12/16/2016
The vigil was held by The Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, otherwise known as MassCOSH.
"The fact that dangerous work has shattered another family, this time, so close to the holidays, is just heartbreaking," said MassCOSH Interim Executive Director Al Vega.
Safety+Health: Donald Trump's selection of Andrew Puzder as secretary of labor draws positive, negative reactions --12/13/2016
The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health called on Puzder to elaborate on his plans for protecting workers. National COSH cited a 2015 survey in which 87 percent of fast-food workers said they had been injured at work during the past year, including 78 percent who said they experienced multiple injuries.
“President-elect Trump has identified protecting U.S. jobs as one of his top priorities,” Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of National COSH, said in a Dec. 8 press release. “We believe safety on the job is also crucial, so that every worker can go home safely at the end of his or her shift. If Andrew Puzder is nominated as secretary of labor, it’s important that Americans hear about his plans to reduce workplace illnesses, injuries and fatalities.”
Bloomberg BNA: Trump's Labor Pick is Familiar With Worker Safety, OSHA -- 12/9/2016
Last March, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health found that 80 percent of all fast food workers had suffered burns during the previous 12 months.
“If Mr. Puzder is nominated as Secretary of Labor, we’d like to hear what he’s learned about workplace safety during his tenure in the fast food industry,” said Jessica Martinez, co-director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health.
OH&S: CKE Restaurants CEO Picked as Labor Secretary -- 12/8/2016
The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, known as National COSH, issued a statement directed to the nominee. "President-elect Trump has identified protecting U.S. jobs as one of his top priorities," said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of National COSH. "We believe safety on the job is also crucial, so that every worker can go home safely at the end of his or her shift. If Andrew Puzder is nominated as secretary of labor, it’s important that Americans hear about his plans to reduce workplaces illnesses, injuries and fatalities."
"If Mr. Puzder is nominated as secretary of labor, we'd like to hear what he's learned about workplace safety during his tenure in the fast food industry," said National COSH Co-director Jessica Martinez, who serves on NACOSH, the national advisory committee for OSHA.
Mission Hill Gazette: Walsh aims to protect workers -- 12/2/2016
The Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health (MassCOSH) is pleased to see this ordinance come forward.
“For too long, employers have been able to flout national safety laws without fear that some city or town would use their record to determine if they should be denied permits,” said Jeff Newton, the membership and communications coordinator for MassCOSH, in a statement.
Safety + Health: Workers and diacetyl: 5 things to know -- 11/26/2016
After sick workers filed lawsuits in the 2000s, flavoring companies moved away from using diacetyl but turned to substitutes that studies also have found to be harmful, according to Scott Hall, senior counsel with the Kansas City, MO-based law firm Motley Rice LLC.
“It’s important for us to look beyond diacetyl and these substitutes to see if there are other chemicals being used in the flavoring industry that are analogous and have similar structures and could cause similar disease,” Hall said Oct. 13 during a National Council for Occupational Safety and Health webinar. “It’s important for us to think how we can take action to keep pressure on industry and regulators to prevent more workers from becoming ill.”
In These Times: Will Workplace Safety Survive a Trump Presidency? --11/23/2016
National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) co-executive director Marcy Goldstein-Gelb expressed concern about the future of the Obama administration’s Department of Labor policy on wage theft, which focuses on clarifying who’s an employee and who’s an independent contractor. This distinction is becoming increasingly important to protecting workers’ rights. Goldstein-Gelb is also worried about what Trump’s stance on immigration will mean for worker safety and workers’ rights.
“All workers, regardless of background or immigration status, have a right to come home safe,” said Goldstein-Gelb. And workplace safety, she explained, often means workers speaking up about their concerns. “In order for people to speak up, we can’t have employers pick and choose who they’re going to listen to,” she said.
Human Resources Executive: Focusing on Temp Workers' Safety -- 11/16/2016
...DeSario recently participated in a media briefing with the San Diego-based National Council for Occupational Safety and Health focused on the claim that temp workers are not only at a significantly greater risk of injury or death, but that the staffing industry is more focused on boosting its image than temp safety. He cites specific language in the SSE program guide related to the purpose of enhancing "the image of the industry with respect to job seekers, staffing clients, the government and media."
The Pump Handle: Johns Hopkins faces class-action lawsuit for defrauding miners with black lung disease -- 11/11/2016
...I asked Doug Parker, the Executive Director of WorkSafe and most recently deputy asst. secretary of labor for mine safety and health to comment on the lawsuit:
“I hope it provides a path to justice for the hundreds of miners and their widows who have wrongly suffered from both Black Lung and poverty due to the greed and arrogance of Dr. Wheeler, Hopkins, and the lawyers and coal companies who hired them.”
On a typical week, about 3 million people are on the job in the United States as temp workers, this according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In September 2016, just shy of 3 million people were working as temps – an all-time high. Numbers can vary depending on how temp work is defined, but according to the BLS, temp jobs now account for about 2.4 percent of all U.S. private sector jobs. Yet, said National Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) co-executive director Jessica Martinez on a call with reporters, “Temp workers represent almost 17 percent – or one out of six – workplace fatalities.”
InsideOSHAOnline: Advocates, Staffing Industry, Spar Over Expanded OSHA Alliance -- 11/1/2016 (behind paywall)
...But on Oct. 26, labor groups, including the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH) charged during a conference call “Hazards of the Gig Economy: Is the American Staffing Association Whitewashing Safety Issues?” that a recent ASA conference paid short shrift to worker safety issues.
“Saving lives and reducing injuries should be at the top of the industry’s agenda,” NCOSH says in a statement. “But with thousands of attendees and dozens of conference sessions, the American Staffing Association is paying scant attention to safety, training, employer responsibility and other issues that can make workplaces safer.”
EHS Today: American Staffing Association Partners to Protect Temporary Workers -- 10/27/2016
...Despite ASA's perceived efforts, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health released a statement saying ASA is failing to meet its agreement with OSHA.
"But with almost no content on safety at their annual conference, and no worker representatives on the organization’s safety committee, it is unclear whether ASA is fulfilling the terms of its partnership," the organization said in a statement.
Boston Globe: Families of men killed in South End trench are reeling -- 10/22/2016
On Saturday, Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, the executive director of the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, said she was outraged that Atlantic Drain was still operating with so many violations.
CBS Boston: Families ID Workers Killed in South End Trench Flooding -- 10/22/2016
“There’s enough of a history that this should not have happened,” said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, executive director of the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health.
Fox 25 WFXT: Company's safety record raising questions after fatal trench collapse -- 10/23/2016
“Is there a huge gaping hole in our state law and in our permitting process that allows an employer to claim they are familiar with trenching procedures and yet they have a history of violating them?" MassCOSH Executive Director Marcy Goldstein-Gelb asked.
Houston Chronicle: New Jersey refinery concerns echo safety issues in Texas -- 10/21/2016
This month, a New Jersey advocacy group, the Work Environment Council, and the local Teamsters union said they intend to sue the city of Linden because it will not disclose its emergency response plan. It must be released under the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.
Union News Daily: Notice of intent given to file lawsuit against Linden -- 10/14/2016
The New Jersey Work Environment Council, along with Teamsters Local 877, has put the city of Linden on notice, stating that they will file suit against the city on behalf of workers at the Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery and Watco Crude Rail Terminal, both located in Linden.
The NJWEC and the Teamsters claim that Linden Mayor Derek Armstead has failed to provide the public with a current Emergency Response Plan in the event of a chemical fire, explosion, or toxic emergency. The NJWEC and the union said in a statement that Armstead is violating federal law that requires public access to local emergency response plan in Linden.
LongIsland.com: Governor Cuomo Announces New Ventilation Standards for Nail Salons Are Now in Effect -- 10/6/2016
Nadia Marin-Molina, Associate Director of the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, said: “Today, we’re proud of New York State for implementing new precedent-setting ventilation standards that prioritize worker health, and set a new bar for worker health in nail salons in the United States."
RegBlog: How OSHA Can Succeed with the Cards It is Dealt -- 10/3/2016
"It should work with the roughly 15 non-union National Council for Occupational Safety and Health groups to insist that proven technologies required to protect the public also diffuse into the workplace, where risks are higher. Rear-view cameras, for instance, are required in all new passenger cars, but not in trucks and forklifts that often cause backover fatalities at work; the work of “COSH” groups and other partners could help redress such discrepancies."
The Denver Post: Who should tack the deaths and injuries of oil and gas workers? -- 10/1/2016
"As Peter Dooley of the National Council for Occupational Safety told The Post: When worker safety lives in the shadows, dangers thrive."
The Boston Globe: OSHA finds 20 'serious' violations at plant where worker died -- 9/30/2016
In a statement, the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, a group that advocates for workplace safety, noted that OSHA has previously fined Stavis for safety violations.
“OSHA’s fine won’t bring back Mr. Caron, nor compensate the family and co-workers for their suffering,” the coalition said. “It is but a small penance for the damage Stavis has done, repeatedly. But we hope it will give pause to them and other companies that expose their workers to ammonia or other hazardous chemicals.”
Capital & Main: Indoor Heat Bill Will Save Lives -- 9/29/2016
Worksafe's Jora Trang's wtites in an op-ed: "SB 1167 would require California’s Department of Industrial Relations to develop and issue a new standard implementing protections against indoor heat, with input from labor, industry, affected workers and the public."
The Denver Post: Drilling through danger -- 9/26/2016
“Oil and gas has been a poster child for the ways in which contracting out a lot of very hazardous work can be a fatal mistake and cause a lot of really serious problems,” said Peter Dooley, a safety and health project consultant with the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health.
The Boston Globe: In building boom, immigrant workers face exploitation -- 9/18/2016
“There’s no contractual obligation between the employer and their workers,’’ said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, longtime executive director of the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, who was recently promoted to run the national organization. “There’s no written agreement that if they speak up about health and safety, that they still have a job.”
New York Magazine: What We Know About How 9/11 Has Affected New Yorkers' Health, 15 Years Later -- 9/10/2016
Without clear guidance, the landlords were “free, if you will, to do whatever they wanted, or to do nothing,” the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health’s David Newman told the L.A. Times. “It was kind of a Wild West.”
Albany Times Union: 'Payroll card' regulations are finalized -- 9/8/2016
Marshall Bertram, Worker Center Coordinator, Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health, said: “The WNY Council on Occupational Safety and Health, the WNY Worker Center, and its allies and supporters welcome the greatly anticipated Department of Labor rules around payroll debit cards. For far too long, employers have used these cards to shift payroll costs to employees, to siphon off hard-earned wages, and to force our most vulnerable workers into precarious financial situations.
The Nation: New York’s Nail Salons Are Still Toxic -- 8/26/2016
"Workers campaigning with the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), Adhikaar and other community groups issued a statement of opposition to the employers’ protests, stressing that the new regulations were a key step in making their workplaces more equitable."
Safety+Health: DOL announces start date for federal contractor disclosure requirements -- 8/25/2016
The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health praised the regulations as a way to shine a spotlight on contractors who jeopardize worker safety.
“As a homeowner, you wouldn’t want to hire a painting company that uses rickety ladders and puts workers at risk on your property,” National COSH Acting Executive Director Jessica Martinez said in a press release. “Taxpayers also want fair value for money spent on government contracts, instead of hiring scofflaws who cut corners and put workers at risk.”
The Nation: Chemical Burns, Frostbite, Broken Bones -- All for Cheap Chicken -- 8/10/2016
Pointing to market-driven animal welfare campaigns, Jessica Martinez of National Council for Occupational Safety and Health comments via e-mail: “The poultry industry has adopted more humane methods of raising chickens in response to consumer concerns.… We should be equally concerned about the welfare of the workers who bring food to our tables.”
Asbury Park Press: New OSHA silica standard must be enforced --8/8/2016
Op-ed by Dan Fatton of the New Jersey Work Environment Council.
Houston Chronicle: Immigrants deserve labor law protections -- 8/6/2015
Op-ed by Martha Ojeda of Fe y Justicia (Houston COSH) and Hany Khalil of the Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation.
New Jersey Star-Ledger: Will EPA's updated chemical security rule make N.J. safer? -- 8/4/2016
Op-ed by Debra Coyle McFadden of the NJ Work Environment Council and John Shinn of the United Steelworkers.
NJBIZ: With DNC nearby, officials talk Camden investment -- 7/25/2016
The event's panel also featured Utility Workers Union of America national president Mike Langford, United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Intl. Rep. David Donato, IBEW International representative Wyatt Earp, New Jersey Work Environment Council executive director Dan Fatton and was moderated by Bloomberg Government's Loren Duggan.
Huffington Post: A Breath of Fresh Air: New York's Historic Ventilation Regs in Nail Salons -- 7/22/2016
Blog by Charlene Obernauer, Executive Director of the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH)
Bloomberg BNA: New Advice on Workplace Shootings Follows Tragedies -- 7/15/2016
Gun violence can also be viewed through the prism of workplace safety. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported more than 400 workplace homicides in the U.S. in 2014, the latest year for which figures are available, making up 8.6 percent of all workplace fatalities, Jessica E. Martinez, acting executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, told Bloomberg BNA July 13. Her organization is concerned with all types of violence as “a hazard in the workplace” that employers “have a legal and moral responsibility” to address.
According to Martinez, most at risk of workplace violence are teachers and workers in law enforcement, mental health, transportation, health care and retail.
WyoFile: Good news: Wyoming increases commitment to worker safety -- 7/12/2016
Many of the workplace deaths are in the dangerous oil and gas industries, and more than half involve some type of vehicle accident that kills a Wyoming worker. The high number of workplace deaths and serious injuries are due to the lack of a “culture of safety” in the workplace, said Dan Neal, former director of the Equality State Policy Center and a current Democratic candidate for House District 56.
Detroit Free Press: More must be done to protect workers --7/8/2016
In a recent investigation, Free Press reporters demonstrated that more needs to be done to prevent workplace deaths in Michigan. In a follow-up op-ed, National COSH senior organizer Peter Dooley and Celeste Monforton, lecturer in public health at George Washington University, say employers have a legal and moral responsibility to provide a safe workplace.
...The conference was hosted by Dan Fatton, executive director of the New Jersey Work Environment Council, who also noted the bill requires train owners to take "financial responsibility" for a clean-up of hazardous substances in case of a spill or derailment.
NJTV News: Lawmakers Want More Transparency with Trains Carrying Crude Oil-- 6/22/2016
“We’re here because we’re concerned. We want transparency about what’s moving through our communities and we want emergency preparedness,” said New Jersey Work Environment Council Executive Director Dan Fatton.
Progressive Populist: Fatal Employment -- 6/1/2016
Go to work and die in the US? The answer is yes for 4,821 workers who lost their lives on the job in 2014 versus 4,582 in 2013, a 5.1% jump, according to a new report, “Preventable Deaths 2016,” from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH), a 20-group federation, citing federal Labor Dept. data.
Politico: Dirty hands: The unseen world of New York's private waste industry -- 5/25/2016
...A report issued this month by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, a coalition of labor and worker safety advocates, described the private carting world as one rife with fatalities, injury and wage theft. But its list of workers killed on the job painted the bleakest picture.
Web Wire: Coffee and Lung Disease Concerns due to Diacetyl Exposure -- 5/23/2016
In April, National Public Radio published a report about coffee workers involved with roasting activities and exposure concerns from a chemical known as diacetyl. Diacetyl is a natural by-product of the coffee bean roasting process and is also a man-made chemical that is added to some flavored coffees, microwave popcorn and other food products.
Safety + Health: OSHA's new silica rule generates praise, criticism -- 5/22/2016
...The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health stated in a press release that OSHA conducted an “exhaustive regulatory process” that included input from workers, employers and experts.
In These Times: This New Rule Will Make Information About On-the-Job Injuries at Dangerous Workplaces Public -- 5/17/2016
...The rule, which has been several years in the making, was greeted with enthusiasm by labor advocates. “The new OSHA recordkeeping rule,” said National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) acting executive Director Jessica Martinez in a statement, “is an important step towards transparency. By requiring electronic submissions every quarter and making the data public, this common-sense regulation will help us learn more about how workers are hurt and become sick on the job.”...
“We have workers who reported an injury and then were fired. This happens a lot,” explained Massachusetts Coalition for Safety and Health (MassCOSH) executive director Marcy Goldstein-Gelb. There’s also the issue of workers who fear for their immigration status if they take full advantage of their rights and speak out about injuries, she added.
Energy Wire: Oil and gas slips through the cracks of new OSHA rule -- 5/17/2016
OSHA's exclusion of oil and gas from its high-hazard industries list is a symptom of a deeper problem with health and safety data collection, said Peter Dooley, a consultant to the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health.
"The whole trying to characterize high-hazard industries by using available injury data can be a pretty blunt tool in the sense of there's a lot of problems with the current reporting systems and the ways that industries often under-report and complicated by the whole issue of the severity of some injuries in some industries versus others," Dooley said. "This is an example of where often OSHA's attempt to be targeting may not have the best information available to it in order to make those distinctions."
Dooley drew a comparison to OSHA's inspection targeting programs, which rely on self-reported injury and illness rates. If those data are not reliable, he said, they skew the targeting system so that certain hazards never rise to regulatory attention.
OSHA's new reporting requirement is an "important step forward" in addressing that problem, Dooley said.
Safety + Health: OSHA: New recordkeeping rule will make injury data public; is a 'nudge' to employers -- 5/11/2016
The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health called the rule “an important step towards transparency.”
“The more we know, the more we can do to prevent injuries and illnesses from happening in the first place, with effective safety programs centered on worker participation,” National COSH Acting Executive Director Jessica Martinez said in a statement.
“Accurate and timely reporting of on-the-job injuries and illnesses is one of the best tools we have to learn how to make workplaces safer,” said National COSH Acting Executive Director Jessica Martinez. “The new OSHA recordkeeping rule, announced today in the Federal Register, is an important step towards transparency. By requiring electronic submissions every quarter and making the data public, this common-sense regulation will help us learn more about how workers are hurt and become sick on the job.”
According to Martinez, “The more we know, the more we can do to prevent injuries and illnesses from happening in the first place, with effective safety programs centered on worker participation."
Albany Times-Union: State directs nail salons to fork over $2 million in unpaid wages -- 5/9/2016
Charlene Obernauer, executive director of New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health, said: “NYCOSH has been proud to be a part of this historic nail salon industry shift as we approach the 1 year mark of Governor Cuomo’s regulations and legislation. In the past year, the New York Healthy Nail Salons Coalition has trained more than 1,000 workers on nail salon health and safety and we have assisted workers in applying for their licenses. Immigrant Asian and Latina workers now have more access to the licensing process, protections and training; and they know that the nail salon workers bill of rights and enforcement of the minimum wage and health and safety laws is on their side.”
Casper Star Tribune: New state division offers free worker safety advice -- 5/6/2016
The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has launched a new workplace safety division aimed at providing free safety advice and consultation throughout the state...
Brianna Jones, executive director of the government watchdog Equality State Policy Center, is intrigued by the new division.
“This is a completely new development. We don’t necessarily know yet what effect it will have, is the honest answer. I think the jury is still out,” Jones said. “But this seems like an innovative approach, and we’re interested in seeing any sort of development that will improve the job safety culture in Wyoming. That’s our ultimate goal: to make sure that people come home from work safe and sound.”
New York Daily News: NYC private sanitation companies rife with dangerous conditions -- 5/4/2016
The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health found the for-profit companies, which cart away commercial trash, routinely break rules and force employees to work with faulty equipment and no training — and a whopping 71% of workers surveyed said they’d been injured on the job.
Boston.com: 63 people were killed on the job in Massachusetts last year -- 4/29/2016
In 2015, workplace fatalities reached a five-year high in Massachusetts, according to a new report from the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health.
Taunton Daily Gazette: Father of construction worker killed in Taunton speaks out -- 4/29/2016
The names and pictures on the wall belonged to departed workers who plied their trades in dozens of occupations across many industries.
“What they had in common was more important, that their deaths were not freak accidents, that they were not because of human error, that they were not their fault, that they were caused by job hazards that are predictable, that are known and that there are proven strategies for preventing, and that employers and contractors did not do that,” said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Occupational Safety and Health, the nonprofit organization that organized Thursday’s ceremony.
Public News Service: Remembering Wyoming's Fallen Workers -- 4/29/2016
Wyoming workers who have been killed or injured on the job are being honored this morning at Jackson's City Council chambers...
The Equality State Policy Center, the Spence Association for Employee Rights, Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association and the Wyoming State AFL-CIO are among the organizations sponsoring today's event.
ISNH: Workplace fatalities have increased -- 4/28/2016
Just in time for Workers Memorial Day, a new report from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health finds that the number of workers who died on the job is on the upswing. Based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Preventable Deaths 2016,” reports that 4,821 workers died on the job from traumatic events in the workplace in 2014, a 5.1% increase from 4,585 deaths in 2013.
The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH), one of the nation’s leading workplace safety organizations, on April 27 released “Preventable Deaths 2016,” a report outlining the more than 100,000 annual deaths due to acute workplace trauma and long-term exposure to on-the-job hazards.
Peoples World: Temp workers increasingly at risk of dying on the job -- 4/28/2016
"Contract workers are most frequently assigned to the most hazardous jobs," says Jessica Martinez, acting executive director of the National Council on Occupational Safety and Health. "And in too many cases, employers are not meeting their legal obligations to provide safe working conditions" or training workers in safety practices, she adds.
El Nuevo Herald: Aumentan las muertes en accidentes laborales en EEUU, pero disminuyen en Florida -- 4/28/2016
...Según el informe de 20 páginas del 2016 elaborado por el grupo Consejo del Sur de la Florida para Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional, unas 4,821 personas murieron en el 2014 en sus centros de trabajo, un aumento de 236 fatalidades sobre el total en el 2013.
Diario las Americas: México se suma a programa de protección de trabajadores en Florida -- 4/28/2016
..."La situación es preocupante y podría afectar a muchos trabajadores hispanos", manifestó a Efe Jeanette Smith, directora de la South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice, que lamentó que el impulso que ofrece la construcción a la economía se traduce también en más muertes de sus trabajadores. (Also at Fox News Latino and MiamiDiario.com.)
Aristegui Noticias: Crean coalición en EU para defender derechos laborales de migrantes --4/28/2016
...Jeanette Smith, directora ejecutiva de South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice, realizó un estudio en el que se detectó que desde 2013 hubo un incremento de 828 a 874 muertes en el trabajo a nivel nacional, y de 55 a 57 a nivel estatal, y donde la construcción en Florida es la industria con mayor número de muertes laborales en el estado.
Letra Roja: México se une a coalición en Florida para defender derechos laborales de inmigrantes -- 4/28/2016
“Desafortunadamente el número de muertes laborales en el país aumentó desde 2013”, dijo Jeanette Smith, directora ejecutiva de South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice, uno de los miembros de la coalición.
The Union Edge: Rates of Injury and Deaths on the Job, and Why Unions Help Keep Those Numbers Down -- 4/28/2016
Health and Safety Consultant Peter Dooley for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health talks about the rates of injury and death on the job on this Workers' Memorial Day, and why unions help keep those numbers down.
Inside OSHA: New Health, Safety Data Drives Advocates' Push For Stricter OSHA Policies -- 4/27/2016
Relying largely on recently released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for 2014, the AFL-CIO, as well as the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH), April 27 released separate reports detailing increases in workplace injuries that the groups said show the need for a host of stricter OSHA policies and practices aimed at better protecting workers.
The Rick Smith Show: Jessica Martinez talks International Workers Memorial Day -- 4/27/2016
National COSH Acting Executive Director Jessica Martinez spoke to Rick Smith.
Safety+Health: During Workers' Memorial Week, safety advocates call for stronger protections -- 4/27/2016
“In too many cases, employers are not meeting their legal obligation to provide safe working conditions,” National COSH Acting Executive Director Jessica Martinez said during a press conference. “We also know there are not enough OSHA inspectors. … We also know there is not proper training always available. We also know many times employers push productivity over safety.”
Politico: LABOR GROUPS RELEASE REPORTS ON WORKPLACE DEATHS --4/27/2016
The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) is out today with a report on preventable occupational deaths. The report, using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, finds that more contracted workers died on the job in 2014, the most recent year for which data are available, than in 2013. Contracted workers made up 16.7 percent of workplace deaths, a 7 percent increase over 2013. Workplace deaths decreased among Latinos and Hispanics but increased among white, African-American and Asian workers. There was a 13 percent increase in deaths from falls, slips and trips — a sign, the report said, that the deaths were preventable.
MassLive.com: Workers' Memorial Day 2016 ceremonies planned in Boston, Northampton, Springfield -- 4/27/2016
A Northampton ceremony is scheduled for Thursday at noon at Northampton City Hall, 210 Main St., according to the Western Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health...
A ceremony in Boston is set for noon Thursdayat the State House, 24 Beacon St. It's sponsored by the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH), Massachusetts AFL-CIO, and Greater Boston Labor Council.
Capital & Main: To Honor and Protect: Workers Memorial Day 2016 -- 4/26/2016
WMD is a time to redouble efforts to make current and future workplaces safer, Jora Trang, managing attorney at Oakland-based Worksafe, Inc., told Capital & Main by phone. Golden State workers have averaged one fatality a day over the past five years due to unsafe labor conditions, she said, citing a recently released Worksafe report, “Dying At Work in California..."
“This is a wake-up call to take control of the workplace situation,” Jessica E. Martinez, the Los Angeles-based acting executive director for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, a 20-group federation, told Capital & Main by phone. “We need more worker-involved safety programs and resources for OSHA enforcement.”
WCVB: Brockton student accepted to Harvard and 6 other Ivy League schools -- 4/26/2016
Igbokwe is also active with extracurriculars, including an after school job working for the Massachusetts Coalition Occupational Safety and Health in Boston, and volunteerism with the C5 New England youth program.
Igbokwe said he started as a volunteer for MassCOSH about two years ago, but then worked his way up to an internship and then a job there. In that job, a few weeks ago, Igbokwe said he participated in a walk through at the Boston Latin School testing air quality, as part of an asthma prevention program.
CentralJersey.com: Hundreds rally for safe working conditions -- 4/25/2016
NEW BRUNSWICK - On Sunday, hundreds of workers from community organizations, unions, and faith-based groups rallied to observe Workers’ Memorial Day, an internationally recognized event held annually to commemorate those who have been killed or injured on the job and to renew the fight for safe workplaces.
The rally and spirited march focused on the demand for respect, including safe work and a living wage. New Labor and the New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) helped organize the event, which included 35 other organizations as endorsers.
Philadelphia Inquirer: Prosecutors make new efforts to jail executives for workplace deaths -- 4/10/2016
..."It's one thing [for company owners] to have their insurance company pay fines, and it's another thing to have them personally in jail," said Barbara Rahke, director of PhilaPOSH, an advocacy group that works to improve worker safety.
ISHN: Miners: Blankenship’s prison term is “outrageous” --4/7/2016
Jessica Martinez, acting executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) echoed Roberts’ sentiment.
"Don Blankenship deserves the one-year prison sentence announced today -- and more. One year is hardly enough to make up for the years and decades of life lost at the Upper Big Branch disaster, where 29 miners died because of safety failures."
EHS Today: National COSH: One Year Isn’t Enough for Blankenship -- 4/6/2016
Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship should receive more than the one year in prison to which he was sentenced today, according to Jessica Martinez, acting executive director, National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH).
Alternet: Did You Know That Recycling Can Be a Dangerous Job? -- 3/30/2016
A study in contrasts: recycling workers in Philadelphia face hazards and death. Their counterparts in Alameda County, California unionized, and their workplace health and safety improved dramatically. Barbara Rahke of Philaposh & Gail Bateson of Worksafe tell the story.
OH&S: OSHA Releases Silica Rule -- 3/24/2016
...The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) and other organizations that have pushed for this rule to be enacted, welcomed it immediately. "Workers across America can breathe easier today," said National COSH Acting Executive Director Jessica Martinez. "We've known for decades that silica dust is deadly. With new common-sense rules in place to limit exposure, we can save lives and reduce suffering from silicosis, cancer and other life-threatening diseases."
EHS Today: Industry Associations Back Final Rule on Silica -- 3/24/2016
...The next step, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) says, will be to make sure employers know how to control silica dust.
“That means training and materials provided in language workers can understand. It also means informing workers about their right to a safe and healthy workplace – and the actions they can take to enforce their rights,” said Peter Dooley, a health and safety project consultant at national COSH.
Safety+Health: OSHA releases long-awaited final rule on silica -- 3/24/2016
...In a statement, Jessica Martinez, acting executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, said workers across America “can breathe easier today.”
Boston Globe: Fight to lift minimum wage also raises awareness on workplace safety --3/24/2016
In a letter to the editor, MassCOSH Executive Director Marcy Goldstein-Gelb writes: "...In a just world, employers would institute safety measures to prevent burn injuries, and our federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration would have the resources to deter employers from putting workers in harm’s way."
KPHX 1480: The Sam Kelley Show -- 3/23/2016
National COSH's Peter Dooley spoke about workplace safety and Workers' Memorial Week.
inewsource.org: Nine local employers hit with Cal-OSHA’s highest fines in 2015 -- 3/21/2016
...Even if employers paid the maximum penalties for violations, some workplace safety advocates say the fines aren’t nearly enough.
“It is really just pocket change for a lot of these employers,” said Jessica Martinez, of San Diego, the acting executive director for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. “They’re relatively low when we’re talking about someone who has lost a life or a limb.”
City & State New York: Rep. Collins under fire for company pay violations in New Jersey -- 3/8/2016
Rep. Chris Collins is taking heat from rival politicians and labor groups after a Western New York workers’ rights organization released information showing that the congressman and one of his companies has been fined for failing to pay prevailing wages in New Jersey.
The Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health circulated a press release Tuesday detailing the penalties against Audubon Machinery Corporation, a Buffalo-area medical supply manufacturer. (Article also appeared in The Daily Public.)
New Jersey Star-Ledger: Christie puts public's safety at risk by blocking information -- 2/19/2016
Opinion piece by Dan Fatton of the New Jersey Work Environment Council (NJWEC) and Dominick Marino of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey.
Buffalo News: Workers in the construction boom need protections -- 2/10/2016
Opinion piece by Germain Harnden of The Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health (WNYCOSH).
Truthout: US Building Boom Fuels Spike in Construction Worker Injury and Death -- 1/20/2016
...Charlene Obernauer, executive director of the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), agrees. "Real estate is the domestic product in New York City," she said. "In other places, they have corn or coal, but in New York City it's about the race to build the biggest, most profitable buildings." That said, Obernauer points out that construction workers and their advocates face additional obstacles. OSHA - the federal agency responsible for protecting worker health and safety - is severely understaffed, she told Truthout. In the Empire State alone, she said, "It would take the 113 inspectors employed by the agency 107 years to inspect each workplace one time."
EHS Today: Flint Workers on Safe Ground in Water Crisis -- 1/27/2016
...“We need to get to the bottom of what happened in Flint and find out why tens of thousands of people, including workers, have been exposed to contaminated water,” said Jessica Martinez, acting executive director of National COSH.
WBFO 88.7: Labor study highlights safety issues on construction sites -- 1/26/2016
Worker safety is at risk and there aren't enough inspections of job sites, especially construction job sites. That's the conclusion of a new report from the Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health, an organization with strong alliances to local labor groups.
The report "Fatal Falls: The Downside of the Construction Boom" says the inspections which occur find safety problems. In the case of construction sites inspectors found violations in 83 percent of the sites.
Buffalo News: A call to safeguard Scaffold Law --1/25//2016
“OSHA lacks enough inspectors to do its job effectively, and the penalties don’t have enough impact on employers, said Liz Smith-Rossiter, WNYCOSH Worker Center project director.”
Time Warner Cable News: Study Reveals Poor Safety Records at Construction Sites Across Western New York -- 1/25/2016
The Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health released a study Monday, after analyzing visits to construction sites made by OSHA over a period of a year. The report says in 2014, inspectors found a violation in 83 percent of construction inspections in a 10-county area, including Buffalo and Rochester.
BNA Bloomberg: OSHA Poised to Pass on Combustible Dust in 2016 -- 1/11/2016
...Loss of life will continue to happen in the future without a comprehensive combustible dust standard, said Peter Dooley, president of LaborSafe and a safety and health project consultant for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health.
Buffalo News: Questions amid mourning in Tonawanda Coke death -- 1/7/2016
...Local workplace safety experts said that there are supposed to be safeguards in place to prevent fatal occupational injuries.
“Most of the time, I would say almost all of the time, these accidents are very preventable,” said Germain R. Harnden, executive director of the Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health. “I don’t know the reason why, but if the company took a shortcut or just didn’t have the proper safety precautions, these accidents happen very easily.”