Weekly Toll: Remembering Those Who Aren’t Coming Home

The latest deaths in the workplace, at least as many as I can locate. Lots of vehicle related fatalities this week, and as usual, several who have no names. 25-year-old dies after falling at work; 8th worker death in Michigan this year Kalamazoo, MI — The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports the state’s…

“I had to watch this poor kid’s head get crushed”

Common procedure for a workplace fatality: Blame the worker. Then blame the guy who warned that the workplace was dangerous. And fire him. Problem resolved. Case closed. Move along. This seems to be the practice of Goodwill Industries in Sacramento that was fined over $106,000 after Abraham Nicholas Garza’s head was crushed in a trash compactor,…

The Weekly Toll: In Memoriam

Since I restarted this blog last month, I’ve mostly focused on policy and political issues, because, well….we’ve been overwhelmed by daily attacks by Congress and the Trump administration that undermine workplace safety standards and OSHA’s budget. But ultimately, we’re only fighting the policy and political issues because working people are getting hurt and killed every day in the…

Work-Related Suicides: When work is so bad that you kill yourself

What can we say about working conditions when work becomes so bad that people kill themselves? Leeds University Research Sarah Waters published an article in Great Britain’s Hazards Magazine reviewing how different countries address workplace suicide and how little is known about the phenomenon: Studies in the United States, Australia, France, Japan, China, India and Taiwan…

Cars stained with the blood of American workers

If you read nothing else this week, read this: Inside Alabama’s Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs. It tells the soul-crushing story of workers — mostly “temporary” employees — killed, dismembered, and permanently disabled in foreign owned auto parts companies producing parts for large auto companies like Kia and Hyundi. As the author, Peter…