Employers would be subject to stiffer penalties for endangering workers and face fines for failing to accurately record injuries and illnesses under separate bills pending in Congress.
Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Patty Murray and other lawmakers have called on the Labor Department’s inspector general to investigate why the agency stopped posting press releases about major workplace safety violations after President Donald Trump took office.
The agency stated this week that it “is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time, and intends to propose extending the July 1, 2017 date by which certain employers are required to submit the information.”
The nation’s top workplace safety regulator has directed scores of companies to begin submitting their injury records, but with the impending deadline less than two months away, there is still no website set up for these workplaces to comply.
The cuts would hobble one of the country’s key methods for combatting child and forced labor around the globe, and limit the federal government’s ability to help countries comply with labor provisions in 13 free trade agreements.
The list is a striking display of how the Obama and Trump administrations differ in their approach to enforcing the nation’s workplace safety laws.
Trump has promised to create 25 million jobs over the next decade, but his proposed budget shrinks key job programs designed to help laid-off workers and low-income adults break into the workforce.
Companies vying for federal contracts will not be required to disclose serious workplace safety violations after the Senate narrowly voted to overturn one of former President Barack Obama’s executive orders.
VT Halter has reaped hundreds of millions of dollars building vessels for the U.S. Navy even as its workers have been killed and injured.
Huntington Ingalls Industries and other shipbuilders stand to benefit from Trump’s planned shipbuilding expansion, and it appears they will continue to face little accountability for putting workers in danger.