Thursday Night time Owls: Half-century-old OSHA is meant to guard staff. In pandemic, it went AWOL




The expertise of the Maid-Ceremony staff typified what critics see as OSHA’s lackadaisical and business-friendly method to the virus that has ravaged many workplaces. […]

For the reason that pandemic started, OSHA, whose mission is “to make sure protected and healthful working circumstances for working women and men,” experiences that it has acquired over 10,000 complaints from staff involved a couple of lack of protections towards the coronavirus.

However till early September, six months into the disaster, the company had issued citations to only two employers, requiring them to undertake safer practices, based on accessible OSHA information. As of September 4, it had carried out simply 199 inspections in response to complaints, and it’s already closed greater than 8,500 of them with out taking additional motion. OSHA has since cited greater than two dozen different employers for COVID-related violations, almost all of them hospitals or long-term care properties.



“It’s deadly for any staff to have eternally hanging from the fringes of its skirts different our bodies on a degree slightly below its personal; for meaning continuous stress downward, further issue to be overcome within the battle to keep up affordable charges of wages.”
          ~~Florence Kelley (1898)




At Each day Kos on this date in 2008—The Cowardice of Sarah Palin:

I suppose it ought to go with out saying that if Sarah Palin has been decreased to chatting with hard-right audiences, however cannot do any nonpartisan interviews as a result of they’re assured she’ll blow it, and might’t seem with out John McCain as a result of he could should bail her out if issues get dicey, and customarily cannot do something however keep in her little anti-media field, popping out twice a day just like the little chook in a cuckoo clock to yell just a few phrases right into a crowd and go away once more, she’s all however ineffective to her personal marketing campaign. Her favorable scores have been diving. She’s nonetheless bought Troopergate within the works. There’s nonetheless gawd is aware of how a lot embarrassing tape from her Katie Couric interview, which might be going to maintain being dribbled out from now till the election. Up to now, she’s been making her most indelible American impressions on the pages of the Nationwide Enquirer.