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The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health is dedicated to promoting safe and healthy working conditions for all working people through organizing and advocacy. Our belief that almost all work-related deaths and serious injuries and illnesses are preventable motivates us to encourage workers to take action to protect their safety and health, promote protection from retaliation under job safety laws, and provide quality information and training about hazards on the job and workers’ rights.
For Workers' Memorial Week, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health has released its annual report on preventable deaths in the U.S. workplace. More than 50,000 U.S. workers die each year due to occupational injuries and illnesses, according to the report.
If local and regional newspapers had their say in it, the USDA would rethink its proposed poultry rule, which would drastically increase the inspection line speeds at poultry factories and would replace government inspectors with company-appointed ones. In the past couple of weeks, the folly of the proposed rule has been opined about in editorial pages in newspapers from the most affected regions.
The hazards associated with grain bin storage and other “post-harvest” activities are well documented, and 2010 saw a record number of grain bin fatalities, with 26 workers perishing in these facilities.
When the American Association for the Advancement of Science comes out against a proposal called the “Sound Science Act,” it’s time to pay attention. But, you see, the “Sound Science Act,” tucked ever so quietly in the must-pass, House-approved Farm Bill, would essentially bring all pending regulatory actions to a grinding halt – all in the name of science. In short, it would choke public protections through “paralysis by analysis.”
Lessons Unlearned: Too Many Similarities Between West Virginia Chemical Spill and West, Texas, Disaster