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Over 100 organizations, including major national environmental groups, labor unions, immigrant groups, and community health advocates have signed on as endorsers of this agenda, which released in January. A full list of endorsers can be found here.

"Over the past eight years, federal job safety agencies have failed to fulfill their promise to protect workers' health and safety on the job. Workers continue to be killed and injured on the job at appallingly high rates, yet federal OSHA refuses to issue new protective standards or adequately enforce existing safety and health rules,” said Tolle Graham, president of the National COSH.

The platform is centered on correcting these failures of the Occupational Safety and Health Act by expanding workers' rights to a safe and healthy workplace and increasing the effectiveness of OSHA enforcement. Highlights of the platform include:

  • Increase Worker Rights to safety and health protections:  All workers should be covered by comprehensive, worksite-specific injury and illness prevention programs
  • Extend OSHA Coverage to all Employees and Address Unregulated Hazards
  • Strengthen OSHA's Penalty Structure to Ensure Effective Deterrence

"No one knows and feels the consequences of these problems more than the victims and their loved ones. We need to act now to save others from the pain and suffering these preventable tragedies bring", said Tammy Miser of United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities [USMWF.] Ms. Miser's brother was killed by a dust explosion at a Hays Lemmerz aluminum wheel plant in Indiana.

The platform recognizes the intrinsic link between work and family life and the dear price that families pay when workers become injured or lose their lives.“We’re very encouraged to know that the Vice President will be leading a taskforce examining this very issue, and we’d welcome participating in that process, said Dr. Celeste Monforton of George Washington University School of Public Health and Chair of the Occupational Health and Safety Section of the American Public Health Association.
To view the full platform, click here.

To see the full list of endorsing organizations, click here.

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