The Public Health Law Watch initiative identifies potential legislative and regulatory changes that have an impact to harm public health but have yet to break into the mainstream conversation, identifies ways to engage on these issues, and provides legal analysis and commentary.

OSHA Erases Data on Worker Fatalities from Its Website

OSHA Erases Data on Worker Fatalities from Its Website

As part of The Pump Handle project by our collaborators at the Public Health Advocacy Institute, Kim Krisberg points out that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has removed data about worker fatalities from its homepage:

"Politico: Ian Kullgren reports that OSHA has erased data on worker fatalities from its home page and replaced it with how companies can voluntarily cooperate with the agency. The worker fatalities didn’t only get buried on an internal web page, the list was also narrowed to only include workplace fatalities for which a citation was issued. Previously, OSHA had a running list of worker deaths on its home page that included the date, name and cause of death and included all deaths reported to the agency, regardless of any citations issued. A Department of Labor spokesperson told Politico that the change was to ensure the public data was more accurate. However, worker advocates disagree. Kullgren quoted Debbie Berkowitz, senior fellow at the National Employment Law Project, who said: “It’s a conscious decision to bury the fact that workers are getting killed on the job. That is totally what it is, so that [Labor Secretary Alexander] Acosta can say, ‘Hey, industry is doing a great job and we’re going to help them.'”

"Right to Try" May Do More Harm Than Good

"Right to Try" May Do More Harm Than Good

Not Your Grandfather's Preemption: Proposed Federal Preemption of State Medical Malpractice Cases

Not Your Grandfather's Preemption: Proposed Federal Preemption of State Medical Malpractice Cases