Worker Health and Safety
In the United States, thousands die each year from work-related illness and injury, and millions of workers suffer occupational injuries.
Government protection of workers is far from adequate. Actions by business-allied lawmakers and pressure from industry groups undermine efforts to improve health and safety protections.
Throughout our history, Public Citizen has been front-and-center in the struggle to improve working conditions in the U.S. We played a critical role in establishing a worker’s “right to know” about chemicals they use on the job. Our actions also have forced the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to limit workers’ exposure to many toxic chemicals.
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More Resources on Worker Health and Safety
Worker Safety Reports
- Take the High Road: The Case for Requiring Maryland’s Taxpayer-Funded Construction Contracts to Demonstrate Their Adherence to Safety Standards, March 14, 2017
- The Price of Inaction: The Cost of Construction Injuries in the Lone Star State, April 28, 2016
- Nursing: A Profession in Peril, A Five-Part Series On Health Care Workers Injured On The Job, June 16, 2015
- Aim Higher:
New York Should Reform Its Workers’ Compensation Laws to Reduce Injuries
, May 6, 2014
- The Price of Inaction: A Comprehensive Look at the Costs of Injuries and Fatalities in New York's Construction Industry, November 14, 2013
- Health Care Workers Unprotected, July 17, 2013
- The Price of Inaction: A Comprehensive Look at the Costs of Injuries and Fatalities in California's Construction Industry, November 28, 2012
- The Price of Inaction: A Comprehensive Look at the Costs of Injuries and Fatalities in Washington's Construction Industry, October 23, 2012
- The Price of Inaction: A Comprehensive Look at the Costs of Injuries and Fatalities in Maryland's Construction Industry, August 7, 2012
- Contract Killers: Government Agencies Award Taxpayer Dollars to Contractors That Disregard Worker Health and Safety, March 29, 2012
- OSHA Inaction: Onerous Requirements Imposed on OSHA Prevent the Agency from Issuing Lifesaving Rules, Ocober 5, 2011
- Regulations at Work: Five Rules that Save Workers’ Lives and Protect their Health, August 15, 2011
- Cranes and Derricks: The Prolonged Creation of a Key Public Safety Rule, April 14, 2011