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Worker fatalities accumulate in Bangladesh garment industry

Just five months after a Bangladesh garment factory fire killed 112 workers, another garment factory in the region collapsed, taking the lives of 87 workers with it. Many more workers were trapped beneath the rubble of the eight-story building.

Reuters reported even worse carnage: nearly 100 workers killed and more than 1,000 injured. 

Day 2 of Workers' Memorial Week of Action: National Report, Protecting Temporary Workers and Remembering Day Davis

Today, National COSH released its Workers’ Memorial Week of Action report, “Preventable Deaths: The Tragedy of Workplace Fatalities,” which combines stories of injured and fallen workers with hard data to portray the heart-breaking reality of workplace fatalities. (Read the press release here.)

Kicking off Workers' Memorial Week of Action: Sharing infographics and honoring Orestes Martinez

Today, National COSH and allies kick off Workers’ Memorial Week of Action, the largest commemoration yet to honor workers injured or killed on the job. We’re just getting warmed up.

Today, we urge everyone in the workplace health and safety community – and everyone else, for that matter – to share this infographic depicting the prevalence of workplace fatalities, and the minuscule OSHA fines that often accompany them.

Next week is Workers' Memorial Week of Action -- and here's what you can expect

If we’ve seemed a little light on the blogging the past few weeks, it’s because we’ve been gearing up for Workers’ Memorial Day, and this year’s Workers’ Memorial Week of Action.

This week-long commemoration (April 22-28) is set to be the largest, most powerful observance of injured and fallen workers yet, with actions and events – not to mention compelling reports and testimonies – across the country. Read about some of them here!

New York Times keeps pressure on worker health and safety

It’s been a big week for covering workplace safety at the New York Times. Last weekend, the Gray Lady published a major, front-page, above-the-fold investigation into a chemical used in workplaces across the country that is known to make workers sick – and how regulators have done little to stop its use.

Three years after Upper Big Branch

It has been three years since 29 miners perished in a Raleigh County, W.Va., mine explosion, and what do we have to show for it? Not much.

In the wake of the Upper Big Branch disaster, Congress has yet to enact legislation that would protect miners who plunge into the depths of the Earth – and it’s the miners who are suffering the consequences.

New York Times feature explores occupational illness, regulatory inadequacies

The New York Times’ Ian Urbina released an important exposé over the weekend about workers at a North Carolina furniture company who have been sickened by a chemical used in the furniture glue. 

U.S. Surgeon General affirms danger of asbestos exposure during National Asbestos Awareness Week

Just in time for the National Asbestos Awareness Week, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin said today that “… there is no level of asbestos exposure that is known to be completely safe.” 

A roundup of stories on grain bin deaths

Here is a collection of the recent stories on grain bin deaths, spearheaded by NPR, the Center for Public Integrity, and the Kansas City Star.

Be sure to look out for another story tonight on NPR's "All Things Considered."


News organizations tag-team investigation of grain bin deaths, employer accountability

The Center for Public Integrity, NPR, and the Kansas City Star came out with a triple-threat of articles this weekend describing the dangers of work in grain bins, reductions of employer fines, and criminal prosecution of negligent employers. The reporters spent months researching, interviewing, and piecing their investigation together -- and the stories paint a picture about the need to do more to protect workers from the hazards of working with grain bins.


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