DOL announces accessibility improvements

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced efforts to improve the public's accessibility to the department's agencies and ensure the department functions effectively.

Previously, only DOL's Mine Safety and Health Administration posted worker fatality data on its Web site. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration also is publishing employer-specific information about occupational fatalities online and allowing users to download the data. Comprehensive weekly reports regarding the topic are available at www.osha.gov/dep/fatcat/dep_fatcat.html.

According to DOL, this will give employers with reported fatalities more incentive to improve safety and prevent future accidents. In addition, responsible employers will be able to use the database to identify dangerous conditions and take precautions.