All workers deserve a safe and healthy workplace, yet 16 American workers on average are fatally injured at work every day. Immigrant and temporary workers are particularly vulnerable to workplace injuries and death. These problems are made worse by the under-funding of state health and safety enforcement efforts.
To protect worker health and safety, California must increase funding for enforcement efforts as well as penalties for violators of the state’s health and safety laws. Fines must never become just another cost of doing business. We need meaningful regulations on indoor and outdoor heat exposure to protect vulnerable workers. To protect workers at home and on the job, we need better regulation of dangerous chemicals.