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Advisory: National COSH To Announce “Dirty Dozen” Employers Who Put Workers and Communities at Risk with Unsafe Practices

Monday, April 24, 2017
Press Contacts:

For immediate release April 21, 2016

Contact: Roger  Kerson,  734.645.0535;


 2:00 pm ET Telephone Presser 04/26

“Dirty Dozen Employers of 2017”


SAN DIEGO, CA-  The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) will announce  â€œThe Dirty Dozen”  employers of 2017, highlighting companies that put workers and communities at risk due to unsafe  practices.   The “Dirty Dozen 2017” report is being released in observance of Workers’ Memorial Week, honoring workers who lost their lives on the job and their families.


“Every day in the United States, 13 workers die from preventable workplace trauma- and many more from long-term exposure to occupational hazards,” said Jessica Martinez, co-executive director of National COSH. “We” re going to identify employers that operate in an unsafe manner- and recognize workers who are standing up for their rights to correct these problems.”



Jessica Martinez, Co-Executive Director, National COSH

Jordan  Barab,  former deputy assistant secretary for OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor

Everlyn  Cage,  former worker at Nissan USA

Jeff Newton,  Membership and Communications Coordinator, Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH)

What:  Telephone media briefing on  â€œDirty Dozen 2017,”  a report on companies that put workers and communities at risk.    

When:  Wednesday, April 26, 2 pm (Eastern time)

Where:  To receive call info, please RSVP to  


The “Dirty Dozen” employers, located in the U.S. and abroad, span a variety of industries, including agriculture, construction, manufacturing and retail enterprises. Criteria for inclusion included severity of injuries to workers; citations by national and state safety authorities; and activity by workers to identify and correct safety problems.  

“Rogue employers put workers at risk when they cut corners on health and safety,” said Martinez. “It’s just plain wrong for them to gain an unfair competitive advantage against responsible employers who follow the law and take steps to reduce workplace hazards.”


To join the call, reporters can RSVP to  for call-in information.

The “Dirty Dozen 2017” report includes an overview of recent trends on workplace fatalities. The data show that workplace safety programs- currently on the budget chopping block in Washington DC- have been effective at saving thousands of lives, reducing costs to employers and taxpayers by billions of dollars. Jordan  Barab, deputy assistant secretary of labor for OSHA from 2009 through 2017, will discuss the life-saving impact of worker safety programs.

Workers’ Memorial Week is a global event to honor workers who lost their lives on the job and their families, and also recognizing those who suffer from occupational injuries and illnesses. In the United States, dozens of activities in 25 states will remember fallen workers.   A  listing of events is available on the National COSH website.

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National COSH links the efforts of local worker health and safety coalitions in communities across the United States, advocating for elimination of preventable hazards in the workplace. For more information, please visit Follow us at  National Council for Occupational Safety and Health  on  Facebook  and@NationalCOSH  on Twitter.