Working in Mordor: Workers and the Hazards of Oil & Gas Pipeline Work

It is Halloween night, 2016, and, as I reach the outskirts of town, it feels as though I am entering Mordor. Bursts of red and yellow flames shoot up out of the earth, illuminating the pitch darkness. These are the byproducts of oil fracking, the natural gas and methane that are burned away by producers…

Weekly Toll: Workers Killed on the Job Last Week

Corrections officer at Oak Park Heights dies after helping colleague attacked by inmate Oak Park Heights, MN — A corrections officer at Oak Park Heights state prison died Monday after rushing to help another officer who was being assaulted by an inmate. Joseph Parise, 37, was one of several officers who responded at noon to…

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

“They Treat Us Like Mules”: “They will break you down and then throw you away.” That’s what construction worker Ernesto Rivera told the Mike Elk at the Guardian about how construction workers are treated in Tennessee. Nashville is booming, but workers are paying the price.”In 2016 and 2017, 16 workers were killed on construction sites in…

Kavanaugh: Is There Honor in Getting Your Fingers Bitten Off?

When Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh comes back before the Senate next week to respond to allegations of attempted rape, the Senators may want to follow up on his SeaWorld dissent and testimony (See here and here) by discussing another related story. For those of you just tuning in, in 2010 SeaWorld killer whale trainer Dawn…