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UMASS Lowell's Center for Sustainable Production (LCSP) has just released Lessons Learned: Solutions for Workplace Safety and Health, a report focusing on six case studies of workers overcoming and eliminating workplace hazards. The publication takes a positive approach to health and safety activism, highlighting areas where workers have been made safer through their own persistence as a blueprint for further progress in the field.
Every day in the United States, 14 workers die on the job and millions of workers are seriously injured or sickened by doing their work. The harms to workers, the costs to our healthcare system, and the damages to communities are immense.
Yet many of these injuries and deaths could have been prevented by applying the lessons learned from our country’s history of workplace health and safety. It is a history rich in powerful examples of regulations failing to protect workers as well as policies and practices that enable workers to be healthy and safe. These lessons can be used to create far more effective approaches that not only protect workers but also reduce the harms to society.
Submitted by Patrick McQueen