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  • LABOR DISPUTES
  • UNEMPLOYMENT
  • WORKER SAFETY
Winning Issue » WORKER SAFETY


Since 1971, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) has been responsible for developing and enforcing workplace safety and health regulations. OSHA’s mission is to “assure safe and healthful conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.” Since OSHA’s inception, workplace fatalities have decreased 65%, from 38 deaths a day to 13, while injury and illness rates have dropped 67%. During this time American employment has nearly doubled. Most of the debate about OSHA centers on the cost of its regulations versus the actual benefit in reduced worker injury, illness and death. However, studies have found the costs of compliance with OSHA rules are often overestimated by both OSHA and the industries it regulates. Some question OSHA’s effectiveness because the maximum penalty it can levy against safety violators is 6 months in jail. During more than 30 years of OSHA’s existence, it has only secured a total of 12 criminal convictions. Advocates claim we need to revise OSHA’s laws to make it a felony to willfully commit a safety violation that results in the death of a worker. In 2011, more than 4,600 American workers were killed on the job. Construction workers led our nation in workplace fatalities with 738 deaths, or nearly 18% of all workplace fatalities.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.128 - Worksite Reporting Act
H.R.2090 - Protecting America's Workers Act



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current worker safety policy and wish to defeat H.R.128 - Worksite Reporting Act and H.R.2090 - Protecting America's Workers Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support amending the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to expand its coverage to federal, state, and local government employees; prescribing requirements relating to: a employer's duty to furnish a place of employment free from recognized hazards causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to any individual performing work there; the posting of employee rights; employer reporting of employee work-related deaths or hospitalizations; a prohibition against employers adopting or implementing policies or practices that discourage or discriminate against employee reporting of work-related injuries or illnesses; increasing civil and criminal penalties for certain OSHA violators; a prohibition against the loss of wages or employee benefits due to an employee participating in a workplace inspection; investigations of incidents resulting in death or the hospitalization of two or more employees which occur in a place of employment, and wish to pass H.R.2090 - Protecting America's Workers Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. John Kline (MN) and/or Rep. Joe Courtney (CT), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support requiring site-controlling employers to keep a site log for all recordable injuries and illnesses occurring among all employees on the particular site, whether such employees are employed directly by the site-controlling employer or are employed by contractors or temporary help or employee leasing services, and wish to pass H.R.128 - Worksite Reporting Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. John Kline, (MN) and/or Rep. Gene Green (TX), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support amending the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to expand its coverage to federal, state, and local government employees; prescribing requirements relating to: a employer's duty to furnish a place of employment free from recognized hazards causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to any individual performing work there; the posting of employee rights; employer reporting of employee work-related deaths or hospitalizations; a prohibition against employers adopting or implementing policies or practices that discourage or discriminate against employee reporting of work-related injuries or illnesses; increasing civil and criminal penalties for certain OSHA violators; a prohibition against the loss of wages or employee benefits due to an employee participating in a workplace inspection; investigations of incidents resulting in death or the hospitalization of two or more employees which occur in a place of employment, and wish to pass H.R.2090 - Protecting America's Workers Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. John Kline (MN) and/or Rep. Joe Courtney (CT), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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