$22 Million in Mine Safety Funding Included in “Emergency” War Supplemental

By: Wednesday July 28, 2010 1:00 pm

Although there wasn’t any room for teachers’ jobs, there was apparently enough for some money for working people: included in the bill was $22 million in mine safety funding. This money will help alleviate a “backlog of more than 17,000 cases involving mine operator appeals of safety and health violations,” according to the House Education and Labor Committee.

 

Offshore Oil Rig Worker Safety Program Designed by Oil Industry

By: Friday June 25, 2010 3:55 pm

The rules that are supposed to protect the health and safety of oil rig workers were designed 15 years ago by the American Petroleum Institute – the industry and lobbying group for major oil and gas companies. The worst part? Even those regulations are considered “voluntary.”

Liveblog: Hearing on Oil Rig and Cleanup Worker Health and Safety

By: Wednesday June 23, 2010 7:58 am

Today, the House EdLabor Committee, chaired by Rep. George Miller, is hosting a hearing called “Worker Health and Safety from the Oil Rig to Shoreline.” The hearing will explore what protections are in place for oil rig workers, what went wrong on the Deepwater Horizon, and how to protect cleanup workers in the Gulf Coast for BP’s oil disaster.

Death and the Bush Administration

By: Thursday July 31, 2008 10:30 am

Last week, a confluence of events reminded the U.S. public that it’s not just the food we eat that’s increasingly dangerous in our daily lives—inadequate safety on the job still is killing America’s working people.

The week ended with two more deaths from construction cranes, this time in Illinois. These fatalities came within days of four deaths due to a crane collapse in Houston—and raises to 18 the number of workers who died from crane-related deaths so far this year, according to an estimate by The Wall Street Journal, which doesn’t include bystander deaths.

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