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Your 2013 wish list for workers’ rights

Earlier this week, we shared our 2013 wish list for workers’ rights– then asked which topics would appear on your wish lists.

Here are some of your responses about which issues are important for workers’ safety and health in the coming year:

Our 2013 wish list for workers’ rights

No doubt you” ve already seen your fair share of lists for the New Year, from resolutions to goals, predictions to countdowns. Here at National COSH, we are gearing up for what’s sure to be a busy new year in advocating for workers’ health and safety. While we” re at it, we” ve put together our 2013 wish list for workers’ rights.

New study confirms epidemic of under-reporting on-the-job injuries

We” ve long known that under-reporting of on-the-job injuries was a problem in the occupational safety and health world, but a study this month in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine confirms it.

Are oil rigs any place for teenagers?

The New York Times’ Jack Healy has a story today about the influx of teenagers ditching college for work on oil rigs. Though the positions may be lucrative — some starting at $50,000 a year — are oil rigs really any place to send our nation’s teenagers?

Plight of temporary workers highlighted in ‘Hard Labor’ series

Jim Morris with the Center for Public Integrity and Chip Mitchell with Chicago’s WBEZ released a great piece today highlighting the plight of temporary workers as part of their ongoing “Hard Labor” series.

SeaWorld is in hot water with OSHA

SeaWorld is in hot water with OSHA again after the marine theme park refused to provide personnel to speak with the agency in a follow-up to its recent citations. OSHA cited SeaWorld in August 2010, six months after Tilikum, a six-ton killer whale, drowned a SeaWorld trainer during a show. OSHA now has to see if the violation related to trainers’ exposure to struck-by and drowning hazards when engaged in performances with killer whales has been corrected.

National Worker Safety and Health Conference was a huge success!

National COSH ConferenceWell, that’s what we” d call a success. Last week, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health hosted its second-annual National Worker Safety and Health Conference in Baltimore, Maryland- and it was a spectacular event.

Approximately 300 participants- coming from unions at the local, state and national levels, worker centers, advocacy groups, family support groups, COSH organizations, and the federal government- gathered at the Maritime Institute to share their experiences and work together to advance the rights and protections for workers across the country. See some photos here. (Thanks to Henry Plimack for taking most of these excellent shots.)

The conference featured powerful speakers and presentations from OSHA’s Jordan Barab, the National Council of La Raza’s Clarissa Martinez de Castro, CWA’s Larry Cohen, the United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities, and more! (Click the links for videos.)

National COSH also awarded a number of health and safety activists for their impressive work in advancing the rights of workers. (Read the press releases for the awardees, and watch video clips from the awards banquet: Luzdary Giraldo, Carmen Martino & New Labor, Chloe Osmer, Tonya Ford, and the USW’s Health, Safety and Environment Department.)  

The conference also included workshops on everything from “Basic Worker Health & Safety Rights Under OSHA,” to “Fighting Under-Reporting of Injuries and Illnesses,” to “Reaching ” Yet-to-Be-Reached” Workers” and “Young Worker Health and Safety,” to the Whistleblower Protection Campaign, to “Using Social Media to Promote Worker Health & Safety,” and much more!

U.S. companies should pressure Bangladesh factories to improve conditions

While many Americans spent this weekend polishing off the Thanksgiving leftovers and snagging items off holiday wish lists, garment workers in Bangladesh fought for their lives- and more than 100 did not succeed.

Over the weekend, a fire ravaged the factory for Tazreen Fashions outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing at least 111 workers and sending many others to the hospital to treat burns and smoke inhalation.