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OSHA makes efforts to better protect temp workers

In late April, we published a blog post about how work hazards disproportionately harm vulnerable populations. We noted in that post that temporary workers are among those vulnerable populations and suffer higher than average rates of work-related injuries and illnesses as a result. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has taken note of this fact and has acted in order to better protect these workers in particular.

Worker safety called into question post-Sandy

Earlier this month, we wrote about the current worker death toll associated with Hurricane Sandy and the cleanup efforts that are occurring in its wake. Unfortunately, workers are being injured and contracting occupational illness at Sandy cleanup sites in addition to experiencing fatalities. A recent media investigation into work-related injuries associated with Sandy cleanup reveals some disturbing trends.

Questioning OSHA's limited ability to keep workers safe

In the wake of the Texas fertilizer plant explosion, legislators and safety experts are questioning how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) could have allowed the safety hazards at that particular job site to multiply to dangerous levels. Though the situation is unquestionably complicated, the bottom line is that an unacceptably high rate of workplace accidents occurs in America annually because OSHA's budget is profoundly limited.

Superstorm Sandy's worker death toll released

When SuperStorm Sandy rocked the East Coast, the visual images of the damage streamed to the rest of the world on television were staggering. But ultimately, no property damage compared in scale to the loss of human life suffered as a result of the storm and its aftermath. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a complete picture of that human tragedy in terms of fatal workplace accident rates. To date, 16 workers have died in New York and New Jersey in accidents directly related to SuperStorm Sandy.

900 safety violations found by New York City's DOB

Laws and regulations that set out safety standards for construction sites in New York City are not created to annoy, to cause delays in projects or to add undue expense to developers. Safety laws and regulations are enacted to protect those who work on the site as well as those who may travel near the site from construction accidents that cause injury. 

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