For Immediate Release
Contact: Mariah Young, 202-637-5018
(Washington, DC, April 27, 2016) – More than 4,820 workers were killed on the job in 2014, according to a new report by the AFL-CIO. Additionally an estimated 50,000-60,000 died from occupational diseases, resulting in a daily loss of nearly 150 workers from preventable workplace injuries and illnesses.
The beginning of spring in the metal and nonmetal mining industry signals the startup of mines that were idled during the winter months. Often when these operations recommence, they begin with new employees who are new to the mining environment. The new workforce, along with miners performing unfamiliar tasks, has resulted in the month of April being the second deadliest month in the MNM mining industry with a total of 50 fatals since 2000.
Compensation and medical benefits may be available
IF YOU HAVE been employed in the nuclear weapons industry and have been diagnosed with cancer, chronic beryllium disease, beryllium sensitivity or silicosis — and your illness was caused by exposure to radiation, beryllium or silica while working in the industry — you may be eligible for compensation or medical benefits under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of Construction Boilermaker Employers (NACBE) presented its annual safety awards to the 2014 top-performing locals from the Boilermakers’ four U.S. vice-presidential sections during the Construction Sector Operations conference held at Marco Island, Fla., March 2-5.
Eligible employees, contractors could get compensation, free medical care
WORKERS EMPLOYED AT 11 Department of Energy sites across the United States who were made ill by exposure to beryllium or silica dust may have a claim for compensation and free medical care under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).
The program went into effect July 31, 2001 with the U.S. Department of Labor’s implementation of Part B. Part E implementation began Oct. 28, 2004.
L-242 members work four years at Hanford without recordable injury
MEMBERS OF LOCAL 242 (Spokane, Wash.) working at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash., received recognition from signatory contractor Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I) recently for working four calendar years without a recordable injury.
EIGHT VOLUNTEERS FROM Local 101, Denver, recently participated in a two-phase pilot study at the lodge designed to measure the effectiveness of local exhaust ventilation (LEV) training. The study is being carried out by the Center for Construction Research & Training (CPWR) and a consortium of university researchers.
Boilermakers Health and Safety Services Director Mark Garrett was on hand to observe the study, which was performed by Pam Susi of CPWR and Sergio Caporali, PhD, of the University of Puerto Rico.