Monday, December 03, 2007

Presidential race revives painful workplace debate

Ergonomics in politics ...

"A Democratic victory in the 2008 presidential election would reignite the fight between big labor and big business over a contentious workplace-safety issue.

The mere mention of ergonomics, the arcane science that has come to symbolize workplace injuries ranging from sore backs to carpal tunnel syndrome, can cause employers pain. But to the nation's labor unions, ergonomics — leading to the No. 1 cause of workplace injuries in the United States — is an issue of the utmost importance.

Ergonomic injuries accounted for nearly 360,000 of the more than 1 million injuries that occurred in U.S. workplaces last year, according to the Bureau of Labor of Statistics. That number has been on the decline since 2000, when 578,000 such injuries occurred, but still accounts for 40 percent of all injuries on the job.

The return of the ergonomics debate to politics conjures up a historic lobbying campaign that resulted in the overturning of one of organized labor's most significant triumphs. Two months after President Bush took office, a Republican Congress, making first use of its newly acquired power to review regulations, repealed the biggest worker-safety policy of the Clinton years, the now-defunct ergonomics regulation.

The repeal of the regulation, as well as the Bush administration's decision not to issue other major workplace-safety rules, delighted the business community but embittered organized labor.

Now, and as presidential politics heats up, nearly every Democratic candidate vying for the 2008 nomination has stated that some form of ergonomics standard would benefit America's workers, according to a recent survey conducted by the AFL-CIO."    (Continued via The Washington Times)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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