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Construction Worker Deaths Increase by 5 Percent in 2012

According to a new report released by the United States Department of Labor, the number of construction workers killed on construction sites rose 5 percent in 2012, from 738 to 775. The Department of Labor has deemed the construction industry the "deadliest industry in the United States." Falls, slips, and trips remain a construction worker's...

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The Connection Between Fatal and Non-Fatal Workplace Injuries

Most people would assume that states with a high rate of fatal workplace injuries would also have a high rate of non-fatal workplace injuries as well. Recently, however, a study funded by the RAND Center for Health and Safety in the Workplace found that the opposite was true. The rate of fatal workplace injuries and the rate of non-fatal workplace injuries actually have an...

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OSHA and the Department of Labor Order Metra to Pay Damages for Retaliating Against Employee for Filing a Safety Complaint

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") recently found that Metra violated the whistleblower provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act ("FRSA"). According to an OSHA News Release, Metra retaliated against an employee who reported a safety complaint by changing his hours and eliminating his position. Specifically, the employee complained that, due to time constraints,...

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OSHA Orders METRA to Pay $38,000 to Whistleblower Who Made Safety Complaint

CHICAGO, Illinois - The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered Chicago's commuter rail agency to pay an employee of the agency $38,000 in overtime pay. OSHA determined that the commuter rail agency, METRA, did not pay the employee overtime pay in retaliation for the worker making a complaint about the safety of the...

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