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DISTRICT 9: OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program Rife with Corruption, Says Investigator

DISTRICT 9: OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program Rife with Corruption, Says Investigator
An investigative report from NBC Bay Area writers Vicky Nguyen, Liz Wagner, and Felipe Escamilla discovered several systematic failures with the OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program that has resulted in botched or falsified several whistleblower cases. Among their main sources is Darrell Whitman, an agency investigator, who now considers himself a whistleblower after calling out the agency. Whitman is a five-year veteran of OSHA in its District 9 office which covers California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, and Guam.
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Death by Deregulation: OSHA Embroiled in Battle with AZ Home Builders Lobby Over Fall Prevention

Death by Deregulation: OSHA Embroiled in Battle with AZ Home Builders Lobby Over Fall Prevention
In Arizona a battle is brewing between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and non-union roofing contractor groups over the state’s protection of workers from falls, which make up roughly 50% of residential construction fatalities and 80% of residential roofing fatalities.
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Expose Yourself! (To Benzene and Other Toxic Chemicals at Fracking Sites)

Expose Yourself! (To Benzene and Other Toxic Chemicals at Fracking Sites)
A growing body of research suggests that not only does the fracking industry create fewer jobs than promised, the jobs that are created come with serious dangers for the workers who take them.
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Sweet Move: Sugar Plant Removed Safety Device 13 Days Before Temp Worker’s Death

Sweet Move: Sugar Plant Removed Safety Device 13 Days Before Temp Worker’s Death
The temporary staffing business has been one of the fastest growing industries since the recession. It now employs a record 2.9 million people in the U.S. But the growth in blue-collar staffing has led to high injury rates and complaints about exploitation. Temps face a significantly greater risk of getting injured on the job than permanent employees. In Florida, for example, temps were about twice as likely as regular workers to suffer crushing injuries, dislocations, lacerations, fractures and punctures. Then there's the sugar plant in Pennsylvania.
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Michael Grabell
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Two Construction Workers Dead After Logging Truck Overturns on Bridge

Two Construction Workers Dead After Logging Truck Overturns on Bridge
Two people were killed and 19 others injured when a logging truck barreled out of control after its brakes failed, overturning and then dumping its cargo onto a crew of more than two dozen construction workers on a bridge, authorities said. "They were like sitting ducks on the bridge," Van Buren County Sheriff Scott Bradle said. "There was nowhere for them to run to get away from the logs."
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OSHA...SMH: 115 Inspectors Assigned to NY's 592,148 Workplaces

OSHA...SMH: 115 Inspectors Assigned to NY's 592,148 Workplaces
A new report from Public Citizen shows that New York lost $10.9 billion between 2010 and 2012 due to occupational injuries. An even more alarming figure is OSHA’s budget for fiscal year 2012: $583 million, or $4 for each U.S. worker. Underfunding saddles OSHA with a nearly impossible task. There are 115 inspectors assigned to New York’s 592,148 workplaces.
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AFL-CIO: Threat of Deportation Preventing Immigrants from Reporting Bad Bosses, Unsafe Working Conditions

AFL-CIO: Threat of Deportation Preventing Immigrants from Reporting Bad Bosses, Unsafe Working Conditions
The AFL-CIO is calling on the Obama Administration to cease needless deportations in order to encourage immigrants to report unsafe workplace conditions and safety violations. The labor lobby recommends that the Department of Homeland Security grant low-priority immigrants affirmative relief from deportation and work authorization.
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University Picks Up Slack of Deregulation: GW Covers for OSHA on Construction

University Picks Up Slack of Deregulation: GW Covers for OSHA on Construction
Students at George Washington University are delving into worker safety issues by focusing studies on different safety risks posed by different types of construction worker. The studies go above and beyond what the federal regulatory body, OSHA, can do with its limited budget.
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Plant Where 2 Died This Week Cited 13 Times in 20 Years for Violations, Another Fatality

Plant Where 2 Died This Week Cited 13 Times in 20 Years for Violations, Another Fatality
While OSHA delves into its investigation of the cause of an explosion that left two dead and 10 injured at the International Nutrition plant in Omaha, Nebraska, the Omaha World-Herald is reporting that the company has been previously cited 13 times by OSHA in the past 20 years.
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OSHA to Track Workplace Injuries Electronically, Improving Prevention

OSHA to Track Workplace Injuries Electronically, Improving Prevention
OSHA will require employers to submit workplace injury reports electronically, thereby improving efficiency in tracking where and how workers are injured on their job sites.
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