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Labor Rights Week focuses on safety and fair compensation for all workers

Friday, August 31 marks the final day of Labor Rights Week, a series of annual events organized by the U.S. Department of Labor to educate workers about their basic workplace rights and to raise awareness of workplace safety and fair compensation. The theme for the week’s events, “Promoting Labor Rights is Everyone’s Responsibility,” underscores the importance of partnerships between the Labor Department and other countries to educate migrant workers and their employers about U.S. labor laws. “Making America’s workplaces safe and fair for everyone is the hallmark of Labor Rights Week,” said Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.” We’re committed to ensuring ... Read More

Winter weather poses special dangers for employers and workers

Winter weather presents special hazards to anyone who ventures outdoors, but for many workers the dangers of freezing, icy conditions loom especially large. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employers and workers who engage in winter cleanup and recovery operations, even such tasks as seemingly harmless as clearing snow from a business walkway or entrance, should always take care to protect themselves and those for whom they are responsible. National Weather Service data shows that about 70 percent of injuries during winter storms result from vehicle accidents, and about 25 percent of injuries result from being ... Read More

New Hampshire plant owner permanently barred from explosives industry after worker deaths

After racking up more than 50 willful, egregious, and serious violations of federal safety laws that directly contributed to the death of two workers, New Hampshire explosives manufacturer Black Mag LLC has surrendered its explosives manufacturing license. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Craig Sanborn, the company’s president, managing member, and primary owner has agreed to permanently refrain from employing workers in any explosives-related business. OSHA cited Black Mag in October 2010 for the multiple safety violations after a May 14, 2010, explosion at the company’s Colebrook, N.H., facility in which employees Jesse Kennett and Don ... Read More

Outdoor workers are at risk for heat-related injuries and illness, OSHA warns

With heat indexes expected to reach 110 degrees throughout much of the South this week, heat-related injuries and death are a very real threat to workers who must labor outside for long periods of time. To help workers and employers understand and mitigate the dangers of excessively hot weather, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a heat awareness campaign with special focus on outdoor workers. “If you’re working outdoors, you’re at risk for heat-related illnesses that can cause serious medical problems and even death,” said Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. “But heat illness can be prevented. This ... Read More

Workplace deaths leave wake of devastated families

“He kissed me goodbye. He told me he’d call me at work later. He kissed Jennifer goodbye. And that was it. He never came home.” The story of Karen Lubanty and her daughter Jennifer, featured in a video produced by the Machinists News Network, is one that is repeated in different variations throughout the United States 14 times every day. That’s because 14 Americans leave for work every day but never come home, according to the Department of Labor. In October 2006, Walter Lubanty was one of those people who never came home from work because he was crushed to ... Read More

Deadly refinery explosion earns Tesoro 44 citations and record fine

On April 2, 2010, heat exchangers at a Tesoro Petroleum refinery in Anacortes, Washington, exploded, killing two female and five male company employees.  After six months of investigations, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) announced it had issued a $2.39 million fine against Tesoro — the largest fine in the agency’s history. According to L&I, a heat exchanger at the Tesoro refinery ruptured around 12:30 a.m., releasing volatile hydrocarbon vapor, which ignited almost immediately upon its release. L&I officials said the resulting explosion was the worst industrial disaster in the 37 years that the agency has been enforcing the ... Read More

Government agencies work to combat job safety hazards behind the wheel

Earlier this month we posted on workplace safety and how most on-the-job fatalities actually occur behind the wheel. Transportation accidents accounted for 40 percent of all workplace fatalities last year, and they have been a leading cause of on-the-job deaths for the last 18 consecutive years. In an effort to address this safety problem more effectively, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has teamed up with the Department of Transportation to combat distracted driving. Distracted driving, mainly the use of cell phones while behind the wheel, has emerged as a significant safety threat in the last decade, and it’s a ... Read More