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One Year After 15 Died in Preventable Texas Fertilizer Blast, Safety Rules Stalled


When the West, Texas, fertilizer plant, where 30 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate—stored in wooden sheds without sprinkler systems and near other combustible material—caught fire, exploded and killed 15 people, including 10 emergency responders, the state of Texas had virtually no regulations governing ammonium nitrate and other hazardous chemicals. A year later, it still doesn’t.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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103 Years After Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Many Still Fight Workplace Safety Laws

Today is the 103nd anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York's Greenwich Village. The tragedy took the lives of 146 young immigrant garment workers. Most were trapped and died behind the building’s locked doors and others plunged to their deaths as they jumped from windows from the eighth floor and above.

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Proposed Silica Standard Needs to Be Strengthened

While the AFL-CIO “strongly supports” a proposed new rule that would limit workers’ exposure to silica dust, AFL-CIO Safety and Health Director Peg Seminario outlined several areas that should be strengthened to provide better worker protection from deadly silicosis and other diseases caused by silica exposure.

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OSHA Rule Would Limit Worker Exposure to Deadly Silica Dust

New Jersey Dept. of Health photo

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration held the first in a series of hearings on a proposed rule to limit workers’ exposure to silica dust. The current standard is 40 years old.   

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Labor’s OIG ‘Concerned’ About Safety Agencies’ Resources

September 1908 coal miners in Gary, W. Va./wikimedia

In its semi-annual report, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) says it is concerned that the two key federal agencies charged with protecting workers’ health and safety have the resources and ability to meet their workplace safety obligations.

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Monday News Roundup

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Check out this roundup of the latest news stories for working families we're reading this week (after the jump). 

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Could Amazon's Jeff Bezos Survive One of His Company's Own Warehouses for a Week?

Photo of Seattle protest.

That's the question Nancy Becker, an American employed by Amazon in Germany since 2001, asked as she trekked to Seattle this week to stand up for the rights of workers in the online retailer's "fulfillment centers." The centers—little more than warehouses where workers are faced with near-impossible workloads for minimal pay—are the subject of rallies in Seattle and Germany on Monday. Becker traveled from her workplace in Germany, “I’m coming to Seattle to dare Jeff Bezos to try working as a picker for a single week. I’m sure he would not survive.”

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New Online OSHA Whistle-Blower Site Protects Workers from Retaliation

New Online OSHA Whistle-Blower Site Protects Workers from Retaliation

Workers who have been retaliated against or fear they will be for reporting unsafe and dangerous conditions and other violations of some 22 federal statutes to their employers can now go to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) new whistle-blower site to file complaints.

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Latino Workers 50% More Likely to Be Killed on Job from Falls, Exposure and Equipment Strikes

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that Latino workers are 50% more likely be killed on the job from falls and dangerous and unhealthy working conditions such as exposure to chemicals or being struck and killed by equipment than the overall workforce. The CDC study also found that young Latino workers (18–4) are 50% more likely to be killed on the job for any reason that the overall workforce.

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