Posts Tagged ‘OSHA’

Workers Memorial Day is a call for better workplace safety

Hard Hats at MemorialToday workers and their families gather across the country to remember and honor colleagues who were injured or killed on the job site last year. While we have made many improvements since workplace tragedies like the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, research tells us more still needs to be done in order to protect the health and safety of America’s workers.

In 2009 alone, 4,340 workers were killed on the job – an average of 12 workers every day– and an estimated 50,000 died from occupational diseases. Read more »


Take Action! Tell BP that Worker Health Comes Before PR!

BP Twitter LogoIn the wake of 9/11, we learned the hard way about the dangers of cleaning up disasters without protection. Police, firefighters, and cleanup workers descended into the wreckage of the World Trade Center, and many inhaled toxic ash. Over time that ash has caused major health problems for tens of thousands of people, and even caused some people to lose their lives.

Now, over 27,000 men and women are working to clean up BP’s toxic mix of oil and chemicals without any breathing protection. Not every single worker needs a respirator – it depends on the specifics of the situation – but many do. Already, cleanup workers have reported vomiting, nosebleeds, headaches, and chest pain. Read more »


Mourn the dead; fight for the living

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Today is Workers Memorial Day, on which we remember the thousands of men, women, and children who are injured or killed on the job. The April 5, 2010 disaster at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, in which 29 miners lost their lives, makes this year’s observance especially poignant.

But while that event shocked and galvanized the nation, it was hardly unique. Just days before, an explosion at the Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes killed six workers in Washington. In February, three workers were lost in a gas explosion at the Kleen Energy Plant in Middleton, Connecticut. Every day in the United States, an average of 14 workers die as a result of workplace injuries.

There’s a word we can use to describe the majority of these horrible incidents: Preventable.

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