With 2020 barely underway, the poultry industry has already experienced two workplace fatalities, at facilities in two different states. The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) says those incidents, along with a government-approved increase in line speeds at poultry slaughterhouses, illustrate the need for safety reforms in the industry. The poultry industry maintains that employees are considerably safer now on the job than in the past, and points to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data to back up that claim.
The family of a construction worker who died on the job last year was honored recently for becoming workplace safety activists in the wake of his death. At the National Conference on Worker Safety and Health (#COSHCON16) just outside Baltimore, Maryland, The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) recognized the sister and father of Roendy Granillo, who died from heat exhaustion during a heat wave in Dallas in July, 2015.
Worker safety advocates are challenging the likely next Secretary of Labor to address job safety issues during his Senate hearing. Immigrant reform advocates question whether he’ll defend the interests of American workers.