Since the DC area has been walloped by two major snowstorms over the past several days, I’m feeling a lot of gratitude for all of the workers who’ve been toiling to make sure the city keeps running. Crews have been working long, hard hours to clear roads and rails. Security, healthcare, and food-service workers have braved tough commutes (while most of the rest of us stayed home) in order to ensure people are safe and cared for. Transportation workers face challenging conditions to get us safely where we need to go.
So, a big THANK YOU to all of the workers who are helping us weather the storms. And to those who have a say in whether these workers have safe working conditions and decent pay and benefits, remember how much we depend on them and what we owe them.
In other news:
Pro-Publica & Politico: Business groups seem to be gearing up to oppose OSHA’s plan to have employers report on which workplace injuries are musculoskeletal in nature.
Salon.com: Psychiatrist Dr. Kernon Manion was fired from after raising concerns to his superiors about the quality of mental health care received by troops at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Then, documents show, Navy officials tampered with Manion’s past performance records to make them less favorable.
Washington Post: A Metro utility vehicle struck and killed Jeff Garrard, 49, and Sung Duk Oh, 68 as they were working on a track; over the past seven months, five Metro workers have been killed on the system’s tracks.
Shanghai Daily: The Department of Public Health in China’s Hubei Province kicked off a an occupational-awareness disease campaign and reported that between 2000 and 2008, 21,760 cases of black lung were disease were reported in that province, and 4,834 of those cases proved fatal.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: A review of research finds that worker-safety training can help workers acquire new knowledge and behaviors, but when used alone hasn’t been shown to reduce injuries or symptoms.