Unequal risk

Source: Center for Public Integrity, 2015

Workers in America face risks from toxic exposures that would be considered unacceptable outside the job — and in many cases are perfectly legal.

Articles include:
How government, business and labor can better protect workers
Source: Jamie Smith Hopkins, Maryam Jameel, Center for Public Integrity, July 6, 2015

Major reform would take an act of Congress, but improvements are possible now.

Slow-motion tragedy for American workers
Source: Jim Morris, Jamie Smith Hopkins, Maryam Jameel, Center for Public Integrity, June 30, 2015

Lung-damaging silica, other toxic substances kill and sicken tens of thousands each year as regulation falters.

After 44 years, halting progress on workplace disease
Source: Jim Morris, Center for Public Integrity, July 6, 2015

OSHA has made limited headway against substances that sicken and kill America’s workers; the agency’s stormy history helps explain why.

The impenetrable world of Mark Flores
Source: Jim Morris, Center for Public Integrity, July 1, 2015

Yvette Flores unknowingly worked around lead and other harmful substances while she was pregnant; a severely disabled son was the result.
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A tattered safety net for workers
Source: Yue Qiu and Jamie Smith Hopkins, Center for Public Integrity, June 29, 2015

Federal workplace exposure limits for chemicals are meant to safeguard people from significant harm. Often they don’t, as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration itself warns.

The campaign to weaken worker protections
Source: Jamie Smith Hopkins, Center for Public Integrity, June 29, 2015

Who’s to blame for thousands of work-related deaths and illnesses each year? Business, Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

Read their stories: How job-related illnesses upended these families’ lives
Source: Jamie Smith Hopkins, Jim Morris and Maryam Jameel, Center for Public Integrity, June 29, 2015

Deadly dust: A bricklayer’s job nearly kills him
Source: Maryam Jameel, Center for Public Integrity, June 29, 2015

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