Almost twice as many piece rate workers suffer from workplace injuries as those on standard contracts, according to research from Lancaster University Management School. The increased productivity gained by employers from piece rate work is lost through increased absence and the cost of compensation, the authors note.
OSHA has cited Southwest Feed Mills Inc. with 12 serious safety violations for exposing workers to combustible dust, falls, unguarded machines and other hazards at the company's Dallas facility. A December 2011 inspection was initiated as part of OSHA's Regional Emphasis Program on Grain Handling Facilities. Proposed penalties total $45,000.
What do you do when hot and feeling overheated? How much time can be taken for breaks or rest periods? How can you stay hydrated? These questions and others were answered recently in Spanish via a partnership between OSHA and Univision’s Phone Bank Program.
The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs says a significant milestone has been reached in the administration of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act: more than $8 billion has been paid to claimants nationwide.
A Washington state agricultural employer has agreed to pay $11,100 in penalties following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division that found multiple violations of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act's provisions regarding housing safety and health.
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina M. Benjamin recently rolled out new TV and radio public service announcements that invite Gulf oil spill cleanup workers and volunteers to participate in the GuLF STUDY (Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study), a national effort to determine whether the oil spill contributed to physical or mental health problems.