One by one, 3 utility workers descended into a manhole. One by one, they died. - Jan 19, 2017

When a utility worker in Key Largo, Fla., noticed that a section of a paved street was not settling properly, he decided to remove a manhole cover and descend into the earth.

Moments later on Monday morning, the 15-foot-deep hole went silent. Sensing the man was trapped, a fellow utility worker climbed into the drainage hole to rescue him. When he, too, stopped responding, a third worker entered the same hole.

All three men died, overcome by poisonous fumes underground, the... Read more

How does workplace safety and health align with sustainability? - Jan 04, 2017

John Davies,

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

In May, we were contacted by representatives from the U.S. government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to discuss how they might engage in efforts that bring the agency’s work into broader sustainability discussions and initiatives. We had a good discussion, connected them with corporate representatives we thought they should talk with, and asked... Read more

Railroad in fiery derailment agrees to changes - Dec 29, 2016

The nation’s largest railroad has agreed to more thorough inspections and maintenance improvements after a fiery derailment and the discovery of more than 800 potential safety violations across its sprawling network.

Details on the agreement between the Federal Railroad Administration and Union Pacific Railroad were obtained by The Associated Press.

A Union Pacific train hauling crude oil through the Columbia River Gorge derailed in June near Mosier, Oregon, sparking a massive... Read more

Washington SHARE Lab Fall E-Newsletter - Nov 28, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from the SHARE Lab!

Highlights for this issue include:

  • Updates on CMOSH & Recent Construction Field Trips
  • Student Profile on an ERC CMOSH student
  • Announcements and Upcoming Opportunities

SHARE Lab is housed in the Department of Construction Management, University of Washington. The lab features research and education initiatives that concern the health and safety of construction workforce.

OSHA Updates Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs - Nov 04, 2016

OSHA has recently updated the Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs it first released 30 years ago, to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues. The new Recommended Practices have been well received by a wide variety of stakeholders and are designed to be used in a wide variety of small and medium-sized business settings. The Recommended Practices present a step-by-step approach to implementing a safety and health program, built around seven core... Read more

Safety and Health Empowerment for Women in Trades (SHEWT) - Nov 03, 2016

Construction workers experience many health and safety concerns including falls, being struck by/against machinery, musculoskeletal disorders, and chronic health hazards from contaminants. Women workers face additional gender-specific hazards such as inadequate physical protection, unsanitary facilities, and stress from discrimination and harassment. As opportunities for women in the trades continue to grow in the Pacific Northwest,... Read more

U.S. Labor Department: States Are Failing Injured Workers - Oct 06, 2016

A new Department of Labor report says cuts to state workers’ comp systems have left injured workers with inadequate benefits and raises the specter of federal oversight. The findings echo those of a ProPublica and NPR investigation last year.

by Michael Grabell ProPublica, Oct. 5, 2016, 6:01 a.m. This story was co-published with NPR.

This story has been... Read more

Farmworker Advocates call for Suspension of Highly Toxic Pesticide - Sep 21, 2016

Advocates from across the country urge EPA to swiftly ban chlorpyrifos citing unacceptable risks to farmworkers and their families.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 Washington, D.C. — Published by EARTHJUSTICE

Today, United Farm Workers, labor and community health groups from Florida to California petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately suspend hundreds of uses of chlorpyrifos an acutely toxic pesticide that harms workers and their family members.

“We... Read more