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Workers Share Workplace Violence Stories, Win Commitment for Federal OSHA Standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration held a stakeholder meeting last week on preventing workplace violence in health care and social assistance— industries where nurses, social workers, emergency response workers, home care workers, psychiatric aides and others are on the front line.

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Putting Off Retirement Shouldn’t Be a Death Sentence

Putting Off Retirement Shouldn’t Be a Death Sentence

Working people are working longer to support themselves and their families. And they are paying for it. Today, one in five workers are 65 years or older and are at greatest risk of fatalities and injuries due to falls, slips and trips. But a rule proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would strengthen protections and prevent falls, slips and trips caused by workplace hazards.

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The Fight for Latino Workers’ Lives on the Job

The Fight for Latino Workers’ Lives on the Job

Too many Latino workers face disease, major injury and death while laboring in dangerous jobs with inadequate safeguards. In 2014, 804 Latino workers died on the job, with 64% of these fatalities being Latino workers born outside of the United States. Latino worker deaths recently have decreased even though more Latinos are working in the construction industry than ever before: Nearly 70% of new construction jobs between 2012 and 2015 were filled by Latino workers. The job fatality rate among Latino workers has declined by 38% since 2001, when the rate of Latino worker fatalities reached its highest (6.0 per 100,000 workers). But Latino workers continue to be at increased risk of death on the job, with a fatality rate that is 9% higher than for workers overall.

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Workplace Violence: Not Part of the Job

Workplace Violence: Not Part of the Job

Violence on the job is a serious and widespread safety and health problem for millions of working people. Workplace violence is the second leading cause of job-related death in the United States and is responsible for an increasing number of serious injuries. The rate of injuries stemming from workplace violence has increased over the last several decades, while the overall rate for job injuries has declined.

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OSHA Faced with Diminishing Resources in Their Efforts to Keep Working People Alive

 It would now take federal OSHA 145 years to inspect each workplace, compared with 84 years in 1992.

In 2016, we are reflecting on where we have come and where we are going. It is the 45th anniversary of the opening of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; the 25th year the AFL-CIO has produced the Death on the Job report; and an election year. OSHA actually opened its doors 45 years ago on April 28, the date we now honor as Workers Memorial Day every year.

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Mourn for the Dead, Fight Like Hell for the Living

Mourn for the Dead, Fight Like Hell for the Living

Today is Workers Memorial Day, a day we come together to remember working people who died and suffered on the job because of hazardous working conditions. In 2014, 4,821 people died on the job, millions more suffered serious injuries from their work, and thousands more working people become ill from deadly occupational diseases. These deaths are preventable.

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