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A Safe Investment

A Safe Investment

You shouldn’t have to risk your life to pursue a living. Yet every year, thousands of workers are killed and millions more are injured on the job due to unsafe working conditions. At the Labor Department, we believe that all workers deserve to feel safe and protected on the job. With this year’s budget request, we’re […]

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Defending Miners’ Rights: A Record Year

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Defending Miners’ Rights: A Record Year

Last year, a miner who maintained machinery at a cement facility in Southern California contacted MSHA about safety hazards. Not long after doing so, he was suspended and then terminated. Making sure miners like this one have a voice on the job has been one of my top priorities since arriving at MSHA six years […]

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Worker Safety Cannot be a Gamble at Ashley Furniture

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Worker Safety Cannot be a Gamble at Ashley Furniture

Ashley Furniture recently made headlines for losing a bet against Ohio State’s football team − a bet that cost $1.5 million. But Ashley Furniture’s factory in Wisconsin made a much more dangerous bet when they compromised on worker safety and health. Over the past three years, more than 1,000 injuries were recorded at a facility […]

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A Day in the Life: Salt Lake City, Utah

During his State of the Union Address on Jan. 20, President Obama laid out his vision for expanding opportunity for Americans. Building on this message, Secretary Perez traveled to Tucson, Arizona and Salt Lake City, Utah, this week to talk with business and community leaders about ways to help more people secure a foothold in the middle […]

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Is Your Manicure Making Someone Sick?

Filed in Safety by on January 27, 2015 3 Comments
Is Your Manicure Making Someone Sick?

I came to the United States from Vietnam in 1992. After learning about the nail salon industry from friends in my English class, I became a manicurist. The work offered a flexible schedule for mothers of small children, like me, and the required training wasn’t as long as for other professions. With determination, I was […]

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Working in a Winter Wonderland: 4 Things to Know in the Snow

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Working in a Winter Wonderland: 4 Things to Know in the Snow

The bite of winter is fast approaching, with some areas already covered in frosty white. While many workers will be earning a living indoors, plenty of people in the United States will be working outside in the coming months, often in bitter cold. Employers should be aware of the dangers, and plan accordingly. Here are […]

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A Rule That Will Save Lives

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A Rule That Will Save Lives

Probably no regulation issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration over the past five years has received as much labor and industry support as the one we published on Jan. 15. This final rule, whose technology was developed through efforts of the mining industry, will require operators of underground coal mines to equip continuous […]

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Vital Signs: Company’s medical practices negatively affecting workers

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Vital Signs: Company’s medical practices negatively affecting workers

When workers are injured or made sick on the job, it is critical that employers provide medical attention or refer the workers to a medical professional who will diagnose their ailment and prescribe treatment that will heal them quickly. Certainly, it should not take 94 visits to a company’s nursing station to determine that a […]

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Happy New Year and Happy Birthday OSHA!

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Happy New Year and Happy Birthday OSHA!

As we ring in the New Year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has another reason to celebrate. It turned 44 this week! On December 29, 1970, President Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 into law. Since OSHA’s establishment, our country has made significant strides in reducing work-related deaths and […]

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Best of the Blog in 2014: A Top 10 Countdown

Best of the Blog in 2014: A Top 10 Countdown

2014 was a year of action for the Labor Department. We’d like to say a big “thank you” to you – our readers – for being a part of it! Our blog readership more than doubled this year, and we sincerely appreciate all of your comments and feedback. As 2014 draws to a close, we’re […]

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