The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) has joined nearly 100 other organizations in a nationwide campaign aimed at protecting worker safety. The campaign, which is called “Protecting Workers’ Lives and Limbs,” is a comprehensive platform to strengthen work safety protections and save lives.

Some key elements of the campaign include adequate safety protections for workers, taking steps to minimize future climate change, reducing and eventually eliminating the use of toxic chemicals, and ensuring that injured workers receive proper health care. Why are these protections so critical now? Read on to learn more.

A dangerous climate for workers

“NYCOSH is concerned about the safety and health of all workers, especially immigrant workers and low wage workers who labor under the most exploitative and hazardous conditions,” said Charlene Obenauer, the group’s Executive Director.

But why? NYCOSH cites a variety of dangers to workers, including:

  • Congress has recently taken action to eliminate sanctions against negligent federal contractors who put workers at risk and to cut back recordkeeping rules that help hold employers accountable.
  • Proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act could have far-reaching implications for workers seeking adequate health care to prevent and treat work-related injuries.
  • The Trump administration has aggressively stepped up immigration enforcement, threatening immigration raids at workplaces.
  • The administration’s federal hiring freeze has also left OSHA with only 66 inspectors in New York State. We’ve already explored the connection between decreased inspections and increased workplace injuries.

We hope that NYCOSH and other organizations will be successful in preserving some critical protections for workers. In the meantime, it is essential that workers know their rights and get experienced legal help in the event of an on-the-job injury.