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New Law Proposes Needed Worker Protections

Posted on Jul 9, 2010
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Refinery_Worker Recent tragedies, including at the Massey Upper Big Branch mine, the Tesoro Refinery, and BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig underscore the urgent need to strengthen our nation's workplace health and safety laws.

The Miner Safety and Health Act of 2010 (H.R. 5663) strengthens the mine safety law and incorporates a number of provisions to strengthen the OSH Act. Click here for a fact sheet on H.R. 5663. These important OSH Act provisions come from the Protecting America’s Workers Act (PAWA - H.R. 2067, S. 1580) – legislation introduced last year and the subject of numerous Congressional hearings.

In coalition with the members of the Protecting Workers Alliance, Worksafe has fought for the passage of PAWA. H.R. 5663 includes many of the much needed updates to our federal health and safety laws that PAWA sought to institute, such as modernizing penalties against employers who break safety laws and put workers’ lives at risk.

H.R. 5663 proposes much needed improvements to both the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Mine Safety and Health Act, and presents us with an opportunity to pass a law with the most wide-ranging significance for workers' rights in over 40 years.

Like PAWA, H.R. 5663 would require California to strengthen our worker protection laws in the areas where it is more protective than current California law.

For the list of Congressional Representatives that are co-sponsors of H.R. 5663 click here.

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