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'Nobody Called 911'

Workers Memorial Day is April 28

As we prepare for Workers Memorial Day April 28, here are some recent news articles that highlight the pressing need for strengthening and enforcing workplace safety rules and highlighting the fact our work is not done. 

Workplace deaths and injuries vary from the agricultural industry to reality TV. Read the stories after the jump.

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Employers’ ‘Expendable’ Contingent Workers Need New Workplace Safety Protection

As more and more employers duck paying workers decent wages, health care and training costs by hiring contingent/temporary workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) must step up its protection efforts for those workers, a new report urges. Martha McLuskey, one of the authors of the Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) report, At the Company’s Mercy: Protecting Contingent Workers from Unsafe Working Conditions, says:

Increasingly, employers are treating them as expendable, accepting high injury rates because the company is largely insulated from the economic consequences.

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Low-Wage Workers Hit Hardest by Workplace Injuries, Illnesses

Photo from “Mom’s off Work ’Cause She Got Hurt: The Economic Impact of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses in the U.S.’s Growing Low-Wage Workforce"

It’s a double whammy for low-wage workers when they get hurt or fall ill on the job.

A new policy brief, “Mom’s Off Work ’Cause She Got Hurt: The Economic Impact of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses in the U.S.’s Growing Low-Wage Workforce,” examines the growing problem. 

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