Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Government Shutdown Raises Risk For Worker Safety


With many safety protections suspended due to the government shutdown, observers say there is an increasing risk for workers, and the public. At least half of the staff members at federal safety agencies are furloughed, and many operations that normally keep workers safe on the job have stopped. Former EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman has been a leader in efforts to improve chemical plant safety since 9/11. The former New Jersey Governor points to the stalled investigation into the huge explosion at the West Fertilizer Company in Texas that killed 15 people.
 
Half of Mine Safety and Health Administration personnel are off work, as are 90-percent of the employees at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It is unclear when the government will fully reopen.
 

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