Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Battle for Workplace Safety: Short Stuff

Poison Food, Poisoned Workers: Eyal Press of The Intercept writes about chronic health problems that have plagued Jessica Robertson since she began working as a  part-time U.S. Department of Agriculture poultry inspector at a turkey processing plant, most likely from peracetic acid which is used to remove bacteria from the carcasses of chickens and turkeys. USDA had ignored…

“Types” of Racism in the United States Today

As the nation’s capital was about to be overrun by more than two dozen American Nazis yesterday, President Trump issued an official Presidential tweet condemning “all types” of racism. What did he mean by “all types” of racism?  Possibly the terrible scourge of racism against oppressed white folk, which would make sense after his “very fine…

“Stop Poisoning Children and Farm Workers” Court Tells EPA

Every day we read about how EPA or OSHA announced their intention to roll back this protection, or failed to act on that long planned initiative. And every day a little bit of our spirit dies. But don’t despair: Seattle, WA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must ban a widely used organophosphate pesticide linked to…

“Freak Accidents” — Neither Freakish, nor Accidental

Freak Accident: An incident, especially one that is harmful, occurring under highly unusual and unlikely circumstances. (Wiktionary) This is another in an occasional series of posts about the stupidity and ignorance of labeling workplace fatalities “freak accidents.” Why are we opposed to seeing this phrase? First, the phrase implies that this type of incident hardly ever happens and there is, therefore, not…

Weekly Toll: Last Week’s Workers Reporting for the Final Shift

Death Toll in California’s Carr Wildfire Raises to 7 as Utility Worker Dies CLEARLAKE, Calif. — A utility worker was killed near a Northern California wildfire as crews working in sweltering conditions battled multiple blazes, including twin fires that exploded in size and forced hundreds more to evacuate rural communities, officials said Sunday. The Pacific…

Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Battle for Workplace Safety: Short Stuff

Captives on the Kill Line:  Hiring immigrant workers — even undocumented workers — can be a headache. They get rounded up in immigration raids, move away or move on to better-paid jobs.  A much better and more profitable bet are prisoners on work-release. The Southern Poverty Law Center tells the story of one worker, Frank Dwayne…