Trump Winks at Work Hazards

Donald Trump keeps saying, “I love our coal miners.” But coal-mine deaths last year were the highest since 2014, when 60,000 more miners were working in the US.

What about other workers? Americans in at least 14 other occupations throughout the economy are at greater risk because the Trump administration has weakened rules and cut back funding for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • Manufacturing workers are in greater danger now that Trump has halted the rule requiring employers to report job-related illnesses and injuries.
  • Healthcare workers’ hazards have been heightened after Trump’s administration delayed a rule protecting workers from exposure to pathogens—bacteria and viruses.
  • Truck drivers and workers at docks and construction sites are imperiled by OSHA cuts and by federal contracts to companies violating health and safety standards.
  • Mechanics repair cars, trucks, trains, and aircraft, often for federal contractors. And Trump and the Republican Congress have eliminated the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Act, which was designed to ensure that contractors “understand and comply with labor laws.”
  • Working high above ground, power-line installers and repairers are experiencing extra risks because Trump has eased reporting requirements for electrical contractors.

Loggers, fishing workers, pilots (whose hours have increased), sanitation and recycling workers, and chemical workers are also at risk as Trump and his administration place profits above people’s lives and limbs.