workplace safety

Questions And Anxiety Mount Over COVID-19 Workplace Safety As More Businesses Reopen

May 31, 2020
Workers sort envelopes at the Amazon fulfillment center.
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Gail Fleck is a school cafeteria worker in the greater Cincinnati area and lives with her 90-year-old father. She loves her job because she gets to work with kids. But she is worried she won’t be able to keep her dad safe if her work exposes her to the coronavirus and she unknowingly brings it home. 

“I’m scared, I’m worried. I feel like, we’re talking about life and death here and this is my father,” she said. 

J. Tyler Franklin

What is the human impact of a failure to prioritize workplace safety? 

In this episode, which we originally aired in 2019, we’ll hear how weak regulatory laws, and a failure to prioritize worker safety, may be contributing to more deaths, and a higher risk of workplace accidents -- both at the state and national levels. 


West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, website, on average, about 14 people a day in the United States are killed while working. This weekend’s episode of Inside Appalachia explores how weak regulatory laws, and a failure to prioritize worker safety, may be contributing to more deaths, and a higher risk of workplace accidents. This morning, we’ll hear a preview of the episode.

Roxy Todd talks with investigative reporter Howard Berkes, who recently retired from NPR after working for nearly four decades reporting on worker safety.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has formed a commission to study workplace safety regulations for the oil and gas industry and to recommend improvements.

Tomblin issued an executive order on Wednesday forming the West Virginia Commission on Oil and Natural Gas Industry Safety. The commission includes representatives of industry and labor, legislators and the secretaries of the Departments of Environmental Protection, Commerce, Transportation and Military Affairs and Public Safety.