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Wal-Mart's worker problems do not end with Labor Department settlement

Wal-Mart has signed a corporate-wide settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor to improve health and safety in each of its 2,857 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores under federal jurisdiction, OSHA announced today.

On eve of Richmond refinery fire anniversary, Chevron pleads no contest to labor charges

One year ago today, a pipe that was badly thinned by corrosion leaked gas and then burst at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif., igniting a fire that nearly engulfed 19 workers and sent a plume of smoke through the region. An additional 15,000 people went to hospitals complaining of breathing problems. The fire burned for more than a day and could be seen more than 35 miles away.

Cal/OSHA issued a $1 million fine to Chevron in the wake of the explosion, but the company is appealing.

First they came...

First they came for the progressives. But there were lots of progressives, so I said nothing.

Then they came for the unions. And I was not a union, so I said nothing.

Then they came for the worker centers – and it started getting a little close to home.

The anti-worker sentiment from groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is nothing new for us. We have stood against the Chamber before, and we will do it again.

Third day on the job a deadly one for 22 year old worker, Texas company has OSHA history

Editor's Note: We previously wrote about Christopher Cantu's death on his third day on the job. Celeste Monforton adds an important angle: that it was a repeat offense and that OSHA fines were reduced. Also critical to note, though, is that the fines were reduced for immediate abatement of the hazard, rather than waiting until appeals were completed before fixing the problem. This should not be an incentive OSHA uses.

Health care workers suffer most injuries on the job, Public Citizen report finds

When you think of the industry with the highest number of workplace injuries, you may be picturing oil fields, manufacturing plants, or farmlands. You might be surprised to learn that, in fact, health care workers suffer more injuries on the job than workers in any other sector.

U.S. Chemical Safety Board to hold public meeting on recommendations

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is holding a public meeting on July 25 to discuss exclusively whether its recommendations have been successfully implemented, such as with several important recommendations made to OSHA. This is also the first time that the Board will consider selecting issues as “Most Wanted Safety Improvements,” such as an industry standard to prevent combustible dust explosions and fires. In a political atmosphere where movement on new safety standards is slow (to say the least), prioritizing which rules to push for may be a more strategic move.

Retailers are closer to implementing safety plan in Bangladesh's garment factories

A worker health and safety provision beating its deadline for implementation? That almost never happens.