Trump’s Labor Department has failed to reappoint an Obama-era committee that helped federal nuclear workers get compensation for work-related illnesses stemming from toxic exposure. The lapse in the advisory board of scientists, doctors, and worker advocates that defended injured workers’ rights against deliberate delays and complications in the DoL’s Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program is “concerning and potentially hazardous to the health and livelihood of workers,” said New Mexico’s Democratic Senator Tom Udall.
Tesla Motors has falsified its safety records, leaving numerous incidents off the books according to a new investigative report from Reveal. The electric car manufacturer has a record of consistent health and safety violations and worker abuses, often sending injured employees back to work without proper treatment and telling them their pain is not work-related.
5,190 people were killed on the job in 2016 and over 50,000 died from occupational diseases, shows AFL-CIO’s annual “Death on the Job” report, adding that worker safety is under a grave threat from the Trump administration’s deregulatory policies, which include delaying or throwing out regulations on workplace violence, infectious diseases, and silica in mining and combustible dust, and making costs the primary factor in adopting new protections.