OSHA's investigation of the 2010 explosion at a gunpowder plant in Colebrook, N.H., resulted in the issuance of 16 willful and more than 30 serious safety violation citations, along with a $1.2 million penalty
OSHA announced a new proposed federal rule - long pushed by the Steelworkers and other unions - to cut down worker exposure to silica. OSHA estimated the rule would prevent 700 deaths yearly.
Mobile Rail fired three workers on July 26 and 29 after they complained to OSHA about job safety problems. All are IWW supporters.
OSHA inspectors found 13 willful violations, with a fine of $70,000 each, including unguarded presses, no guards on machines for cutting I-beams, and pipes and no brakes on overhead cranes.
Workers are rallying and marching at job sites and government offices not just to remember those killed on the job, but to oppose GOP attempts to dismantle job safety laws.
The indictment of the security supervisor at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch will be the first of many indictments after an explosion killed 29 West Virginia miners.
The Democratic-run House failed on Dec. 8 to pass a major job safety-mine safety bill that needed a two-thirds vote for approval.
President Obama plans to beef up workplace regulations.