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House Republicans Hope You Fall & Die

October 01
04:13 2011

Dave Jamieson writes:

…the budget plan presented by House Republicans for health and labor programs this week would scuttle several worker safety protections put forth by the Department of Labor.
Among other anti-regulatory measures, the budget would block the department from moving forward with its Injury and Illness Prevention Program, which would require employers to develop written plans to address workplace hazards and reduce worker injuries. Under the Republican plan, no Labor Department funding could be devoted toward the program.
The budget also takes aim at an obscure but notable Labor Department rule intended to reduce the death and maiming of construction workers who labor on rooftops. The department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration had planned to ramp up the enforcement of harness rules for roofers working on residential construction sites, but the Republican plan forbids the agency from doing so, as noted by the public-health blog The Pump Handle.

Dirty, dirty, dirty stuff coming out of Washington. The Federal Reserve borrows $16 trillion to banks and multinational corporations, but we don’t have enough money to fund an Injury and Illness Prevention Program.

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