For the past 37 years, airline unions have sought the expansion of workplace safety protections for flight attendants. Late last month, U.S. labor and aviation agencies finally proposed doing just that. In essence, the most common workplace injuries and illnesses affecting flight attendants have been grossly under-addressed for decades. For the first time since 1975, flight attendants might finally be getting needed relief.
It is imperative that workers advocate for their own safety and the safety of others on the job. After all, no one knows a job site better than those who pour their efforts into it day after day. In order to prevent workplace injuries, most employers will act on reported safety hazards so that their employees will remain protected. However, that is not always the case.
New York was hit by a heat wave as spring officially gave way to summer yesterday. Though temperatures in the 90s may have been welcome after a snowy winter, these conditions are far from ideal for workers who must labor outside.
We have previously written about why it is critically important for New York employers to fix safety hazards promptly. Failure to do so can result in completely preventable workplace injuries.
This winter has already brought more inclement weather than the country has seen in decades. For those living in the Midwest and on the East coast, heavy snowfalls have brought cities to a standstill. New York is still digging itself out of last week's blizzard, and citizens must now deal with interrupted trash service as well as snow removal.
In May, an employee working at a paper mill in Niagra Falls, New York, was killed. Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration concluded that his death was the result of the paper mill's failure to provide adequate safety mechanisms.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is responsible for holding employers responsible when they put their employees in danger. This month, OSHA issued 15 citations to Painting and Decorating, Inc. The New York painting and stucco company has been fined in the past, and now faces $225,200 in new proposed fines.