In light of recent worker deaths and the April 28 Workers’ Memorial Day, Reps. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., and Phil Hare, D-Ill., recently introduced legislation to cut down on the number of American workers killed or injured on the job each year. Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. and Patty Murray, D-Wash., introduced identical legislation in the Senate.
The legislation would apply federal safety standards
to workers who are not currently covered, including federal, state and local
employees, and some private sector employees; increase penalties for repeated
and willful offenses; and allow OSHA to apply felony charges for repeated or
willful violations that result in a worker death. The legislation also includes
whistleblower protections and would force employers to provide the necessary
safety equipment to their workers, such as goggles, gloves, respirators or
other personal protective equipment.
House Bill Could Overhaul Worker Safety (5/1)
May 1, 2007