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Contractor Death Highlights Responsibility Issues

On May 19th, 59-year-old construction worker Okesene Faasalele was working to demolish a railroad bridge spanning California’s 91 Freeway. The section of the bridge he was harnessd to buckled, swinging him to the highway lanes below. Struck by metal debris, Faasalele did not survive the fall.

Workers Memorial Week 2014: Highlights of Events from Coast to Coast

Around the world last week, people came together to observe Workers’ Memorial Week (WMW) with vigils, ceremonies, marches, meals, and music. Tales of loss and remembrance echoed from community to community – along with a renewed dedication to action.

National COSH on CNN en Español

CNN en Español host Juan Carlos Lopez interviewed National COSH Deputy Director Jessica Martinez on April 24th on the occasion of Workers' Memorial Week and the release of the new National COSH report Preventable Deaths 2014: The Tragedy of Workplace Fatalities.

Spanish transcript below.

English Transcript:

LOCAL COSH GROUPS RELEASE REPORTS FOR WORKERS’ MEMORIAL WEEK

In addition to National COSH's report of Preventable Deaths, local COSH groups – in New York, California, Massachusetts, Wyoming, Tennessee, and Texas – have written state-specific reports.

National COSH releases "Preventable Deaths 2014: The Tragedy of Workplace Fatalities"

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.

MassCOSH's landmark obesity study uncovers risks for low-wage workers

Today, MassCOSH, in partnership with UMass Lowell and the Boston Workers Alliance, released a new study that flips on its head how we look at obesity health risks in front of a packed room of leading community, municipal, state and federal obesity program specialists.

Repeat a Lie Often Enough...

The New York Times ran a story on Sunday regarding Cass Sunstein's departure which stated that "Business lobbies and Republicans in Congress complain frequently about “job-killing” regulations, citing rules like ...the Department of Labor’s new worker-safety rules." 

Landmark Temp Workers Bill Signed in Mass

A bill signed into law by Governor Patrick will ensure that the most egregious practices by some of the state’s temporary employment agencies will end.

Conference Early Bird Registration Now Available!

Registration for our 2012 National Worker Safety and Health Conference to be held Dec. 6-7 at the Maritime Institute outside of Baltimore, MD is now open! The conference will feature over 30 workshops and panels on a wide range of health and safety topics led by many of the country's top trainers. Read more here.  

40 Years after MSHA, Coal Miners Still Suffering from Black Lung

A great piece of investigative reporting by the Center for Public Integrity and NPR tells us this week that coal mining is still fatally dangerous to workers' health.

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