Monday, November 8, 2010

Presidential Power

Each year Federal civilian employees are injured or fall ill on the job in significant numbers. Although the Federal Government has made progress in reducing workplace injuries and illnesses in recent years, its workers (excluding those employed by the U.S. Postal Service) still filed more than 79,000 new claims and received over $1.6 billion in workers' compensation payments in fiscal year 2009. Many of these work-related injuries and illnesses are preventable, and executive departments and agencies can and should do even more to improve workplace safety and health, reduce the financial burden of injury on taxpayers, and relieve unnecessary suffering by workers and their families.


What do you think of this?

21 comments:

  1. I absolutely agree that there should be more things done to improve workplace safety and health. If there is work done now to improve such workplaces, than the final outcome will have been a gain in the future years to come. If money is put into this process now, the government will end up saving more money. President Obama clearly agrees because he is setting forth laws to help reduce the financial burden of injury on taxpayers and to relieve unnecessary suffering by workers and their families. "The POWER [Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment] Initiative will extend prior workplace safety and health efforts of the Federal Government by setting more aggressive performance targets, encouraging the collection and analysis of data on the causes and consequences of frequent or severe injury and illness, and prioritizing safety and health management programs that have proven effective in the past." WIth this initiation, many companies will have to work harder to make sure that their codes match up with the ones regulated by state. This is a very good thing for the workers because their employers will have to provide a safer environment for them to work in. To ensure the employers will be up to standards, they will have to, "coordinate with the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Office of Workers' Compensation Programs to establish performance targets in each category." This initiation is solely providing for a better environment for the safety of workers and to prevent non-excusable injuries. Unnecessary suffering will not be tolerated by the American government and that is why President Barack Obama is pushing through with this initiation.
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-memorandum-presidential-power-initiative-protecting-our-workers-and-en

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  2. I agree some what with what they are trying to say here. I my self work at a job were there are many hazards that i know could be easily fixed or removed, yet the management does nothing to protect he workers that they so dearly need, but there are still a lot of ways that you can hurt your self by just not paying attention to what you are doing, most work place injuries i feel could be prevented by just by paying closer attention to what he/she was doing. Executive departments involvement isn't really necessary to fix this so called "problem" management can make this a little bit easier for the employees, but really all that needs to be done is that workers should just pay more attention to what they are doing.

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  3. I believe the government can do more to prevent accidents. Although Obama just initiated the Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment (POWER) Initiative, it came too late. Worker's Compensation does not actually prevent any accidents. Since the Industrial Revolution, there have been plenty of issues and acts attempting to deal with worker safety, especially on a federal level. The government should be held more accountable for the safety of their workers. It is their duty to ensure the safety of their people, let alone, their employees. Productivity can only be accelerated by keeping a safe work place.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-memorandum-presidential-power-initiative-protecting-our-workers-and-en

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  4. Barak Obama has introduced a new idea named "POWER" which stands for Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment. This bill will pay for the money that goes to the workers that are injured, or ill. It will also help workers get back into their job faster as well as create a safer workplace for the workers. The only problem is having to pay now, when we are behind in the economy. But by paying for it now, in the future the workplace will be safer, and less employees will be sick or injured in the process. But what is even greater, is it wont be coming out of our pockets, "Each executive department and agency shall bear its own costs for participating in the POWER Initiative, and nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof." By making the companies pay for it rather than putting taxes on more things, it makes this initiative fair, as people do not wish to pay taxes for others missing work or injuries. It will also motivate comapnies to keep their business up to par as they will be checked more often as well as if a person were to be injured, they would have to pay for it. This initiative is an important aspect into creating a safer workplace for all of America.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-memorandum-presidential-power-initiative-protecting-our-workers-and-en

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  5. POWER(Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment) will try to reduce total injury and illness rates, reduce lost time injury and illness rates, analyzing lost time injury and illness data, increasing the timely filing or workers' compensation claims, increasing the timely filing of wage-loss claims, reducing lost production day rates and speeding employees' return to work in cases of serious injury or illness. I agree with this initiative because it will probably help accident that could have been avoided by "encouraging the collection and analysis of data on the causes and consequences of frequent or severe injury and illness..."
    (ttp://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-memorandum-presidential-power-initiative-protecting-our-workers-and-en)
    I believe that there will still be accidents, injuries and illnesses that aren't preventable because the workers may not being attention to what they are doing and not everything is preventable. Although all accidents aren't preventable I still believe this is a necessary initiative because it can only help protect the workers.

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  6. I support the government should do more to improve workplace safety regulation. First of all, it would require less taxpayer's money to pay for their medical bills if workers have less work related injuries and would prevent unnecessary pain and suffering. The POWER Initiative is that each agency is responsible for their own cost instead of taxpayer money. It would also obviously improve productivity rates if workers are healthy and happy. This is a win-win situation for both the company and the workers. Also, it is also beneficial to the workers because the initiative makes sure the get compensated and paid faster. This Initiative benefits all workers in general and is a big step in worker's rights.

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  7. I agree with Paul Q. and Jesse W. with there views on workers compensation. The labor workers of America are very unappreciated and under paid. The POWER [Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment] Initiative will extend prior workplace safety and health efforts of the Federal Government by setting more aggressive performance targets, but it is a bit too late. The problem isn't work performance as it is work safety and benefits. The gov't needs to have a better plan to protect our workers.

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  8. I agree what jesse say in that because some people need to work for help family and get future and there life but the government is not doing his job. The government should do more to improve workplace but sometime i think he don't want to helping people that what i thinking about that.

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  9. I agree with this statement because people should never feel unsafe in their own workplace. A workplace should be ensured safety and a place where people go to worry about making money, not getting injured or ill. Obama "ordered federal agencies to establish more aggressive targets for reducing workplace injuries." In a memo to agency heads, Obama had written, ""Many of these work-related injuries and illnesses are preventable, and executive departments and agencies can and should do even more to improve workplace safety and health, reduce the financial burden of injury on taxpayers, and relieve unnecessary suffering by workers and their families." Obama is doing everything in his power to fix this ongoing problem. He even told agencies to "analyze" the time that was lost due to injuries, and speed the process of the injured employees recovery. According to this article, "agencies will work with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs to establish performance targets in each category."
    Obama plans to establish a four year plan called the POWER Initiative which stands for "Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment." The POWER initiative is expected to "extend prior workplace safety and health efforts of the Federal Government by setting more aggressive performance targets, encouraging the collection and analysis of data on the causes and consequences of frequent or severe injury and illness, and prioritizing safety and health management programs that have proven effective in the past." Hopefully with Obama's initiative and ideas to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses, this issue will soon become less of a worry. It is not right for American employees to be injured on the job, and as Obama states, this problem is "preventable." This issue can be fixed, it is just a matter of time before the POWER initiative falls into play.
    (http://www.lexisnexis.com/Community/workerscompensationlaw/blogs/newsheadlines/archive/2010/07/20/president-obama-announces-power-initiative-to-prevent-injuries-of-federal-civilian-employees.aspx)
    (http://www.bizjournals.com/extraedge/washingtonbureau/archive/2010/07/26/bureau3.html?market=washington)

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  10. I agree that many employers and companies do not care about hazards around their employees. At my previous job there were many hazards but i know if i pointed them out my manager would simply tell me that she agreed and that i should watch out for them. The reason why OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) exists is so that workers that have many hazardous and dangerous materials at their place of work can tell OSHA and OSHA can help the workers make sure that those problems are fixed. OSHA realizes that there are many death, injuries and sickness from work related incidents, such as managers telling their sick workers that they have to come to work even if they are sick because they need the work, or having open hot boiling liquid within arms reach.

    http://www.osha.gov/

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  11. I definitely agree that there should be improvement in the amount of safety in the workplace. If the government invests money right now into making the workplace throughout the country safe it will end of saving money in the long run and everyone can go to work without fear of becoming injured. My dad hurt his back while on the job and couldn’t go to work for a full year, and during that full year the government had to pay the same salary that he was making while he was working. This shows that it’s better to just spend the money up front and make sure everything is safe to begin with than to pay more money later on and have people dislike the government even more because it ignored the problem. Even though Obama is trying to implement new things to prevent injuries it needs to be done right away to prevent more injuries.

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  12. While it is necessary for injured workers to receive worker's compensation, it has put America's economy into an even deeper bind. That is why President Obama has initiated a 4-year plan called POWER (Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment). This plan would make individual agencies responsible for their own costs as opposed to the taxpayers. The most important goals for POWER are to reduce injuries and illnesses due to working, as well as increasing timely filing of compensation and wage-loss claims.
    Although this is a step in the right direction to prevent injuries on the job, this plan is on the federal level, so it would still take time for cases to be solved. I agree that people should feel safe while working, without fear of getting seriously injured or ill while on the job. This is why it is crucial that the government gets more involved with the safety of its working citizens.

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  13. I agree that there are many hazards in todays work places. Where I work now there are many ways people can potentially be put in danger, but can easily be fixed. For now since they are not fixed we just have to pay more attention to them to prevent ourself's from being hurt. Also the fact that our nation is paying 1.6 billion dollars in workers compensation is hurting our economy. Instead of giving that money to people we could be using it to fix these problems and decrease the amount of workers being hurt. Its reassuring to hear that our President is not to happy about this and is making a stand. Obama states that he is, "establishing a 4-year Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment (POWER) Initiative." With this people are going to be having better work spaces because this will set higher standards for companies to keep their workplace safe. This is very similar to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). This organization's job is to do the same this as Obama's plan, but they are the ones to go and fix it. I feel that Obama has done the right thing in making this plan to set higher standards to keep our workplaces safe.
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-memorandum-presidential-power-initiative-protecting-our-workers-and-en
    http://www.osha.gov/

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  14. I completely agree with Monique because the main issue is that we need to put money into this now so injuries can be prevented in the future. Clearly how Monique states that Obama is passing laws to reduce the burden on injuries having taxpayers not have to pay for all those people that are getting injured. The POWER initiative needs to me enforced for it to take full effect and make results happen. So when it is stated that "This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person." I think they should be making companies meet this standard so in the long run it will be beneficial the company and the workers. The main thing people have to realize is that "Many of these work-related injuries and illnesses are preventable"; a big emphasis on preventable. This initiative is purely made to trying to stop preventable accidents from happening in the work place and therefore having less people out of work.
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-memorandum-presidential-power-initiative-protecting-our-workers-and-en

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  15. After reading this article, I agree somewhat with the majority of the posts prior to mine. Workers working for the federal government are supposed to feel safe in their environment, regardless of what the job requires them to do. It should be a guaranteed trait of any federal career choice that should be enforced and protected by the government. However, numbers can be really deceiving at times, and the article does not mention all those who have not been hurt, probably to give the article a more rhetorical appeal. I feel that the public may get the wrong idea from this memorandum, and may start filing even more even though it states "This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person". The majority of the public often misunderstands what the government is trying to do, and tries to manipulate what they try to do for the better safety and good of the people. Hopefully this new mandate does not encourage people to file more complaints, and insure a better, safer environment for our federal workers.
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-memorandum-presidential-power-initiative-protecting-our-workers-and-en

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  16. Obviously POWER is a good thing, as all things with clever acronyms are. I have a feeling the republican party isnt too fond of this. I would imagine that since it requires businesses to make things safer, it requires them to spend more money. Money that will ensure the safety of their workers, money that will come out of their pockets. However, this could be interpreted that injured workers will get less time out, which would be awful. We hardly get any designated vacation time in america, and our workers suffer for it. In Europe, they have to take a certain ammount of vacation time, and they are much healthier for it.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-memorandum-presidential-power-initiative-protecting-our-workers-and-en

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  17. "Each year Federal civilian employees are injured or fall ill on the job in significant numbers."
    (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-memorandum-presidential-power-initiative-protecting-our-workers-and-en)
    In today's society and economic stability it is hard to improve the workplace/safety situations and health issues but, i do believe that there should be done something about it to actually make it safer to work and not feel the need to fear that you might have an incident on your job and then be out of a job and after that injury you will not be able to work for a long time and might be replaced by someone new. It is true that workplaces have been getting safer to a point where only injury are severe but i believe the Federal Government is capable to make sure that there would not be the excessive amount of injury now and in the future. "Although the Federal Government has made progress in reducing workplace injuries and illnesses in recent years, its workers (excluding those employed by the U.S. Postal Service) still filed more than 79,000 new claims and received over $1.6 billion in workers' compensation payments in fiscal year 2009. Many of these work-related injuries and illnesses are preventable, and executive departments and agencies can and should do even more to improve workplace safety and health, reduce the financial burden of injury on taxpayers, and relieve unnecessary suffering by workers and their families."
    (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-memorandum-presidential-power-initiative-protecting-our-workers-and-en)

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  18. I believe that the POWER Initiative will help a lot of people. Especially those whom are approaching old age and still have to work because of the economy. Nowadays people can't afford to get sick in a workplace so executing strtict performance policies will help reduce using taxpayer money for work compensations. My concern the same as Dylans (above); will business owners even coordinate with the 4year intiative seein as though they have to spend their own money toget safer materials and things to prevent unnecessary injuries illnesses.

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  19. I agree that the government should do more in helping and improving the environment in work places to prevent more work place injuries. Most businesses arent up to date with regulation because that makes them have to spend more money which they prefer not to do.

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  20. I believe that now days many people can not afford getting sick therefore a strict performance will help. I also believe that they should do more to improve work places for people because they have the power to help workplaces improve and reduce injuries. I agree that the power initiative will help a lot of people.

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  21. I agree with this statement, many people living in the United States due to the fall of the economy, many people do not have health care or simply cant afford to may for doctors, insurance, or medical treatments. I believe that the government should take it upon themselves to either create a health care plan that is suitable for all incomes or families in need, or provide more accessible work compensation. People should not be suffering while doing their job, for as if it is a job that may risks lives of others it is rather unsafe, and not only will they themselves become at risk but also those around them. This could cause for distraction on concentrated to make sure the job is done well.

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