The hazards of working in public works departments
Municipal workers are about 40% more likely to sustain an injury or illness on the job than private workers. An average of 28 municipal workers are seriously injured each week in Massachusetts. Municipal workers are not covered by the recent extension of federal OSHA laws to some state employees.
Some commonalities between different SEIU municipal bargaining units. Below are areas that must be addressed:
Common Health Hazards and Problems
Exposure to sun and extreme temps
Culture of unsafe practices
Town management issues
Unable to visit worksites
Little time to talk to units as a group
Pushback from some managers
Concern/lack of interest from some workers
24 worker surveys completed in Orange, Westborough, Shrewsbury and Marlborough.
Workers had an outlet for their concerns.
New health & safety hazards sheet and final report.
Continue to survey more DPW members.
Build relationships with union members.
More 1:1 time with workers.
Take Action Today for Safer Workplaces!
Contact your Rep. or MassCOSH (Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health)