Disabled, Used Up and Discarded: And Conditions for Poultry Workers May Get Worse

Normally, I’d say anyone with half a brain and a bit of a moral compass would see this as a problem in need of a humane solution: When Oscar arrived in Alabama from Miami, he had hoped to apply the mechanical engineering skills he’d learned in Cuba to his new job at a poultry processing…

Chickens, Hurricanes and OSHA Penalties: Media Interest in Workplace Safety

One would think with monster hurricanes, threatened nuclear war with North Korea, plans to deport some of America’s best young folk to foreign lands, Russians undermining our already fragile election system and right-wing, family-values-defending Senators accidentally “liking” pornography on Twitter — little issues like workplace safety and health wouldn’t be getting much attention from the…

Dispatches from the Front of the War on Worker Safety: Short Stuff

Major, Radioactive Oops:  More than 30 nuclear experts inhaled uranium after radiation alarms and ventilation systems at a Department of Energy weapons site were switched off.  The incident raises significant questions about safety in the nation’s premier nuclear labs: “not only were the labs’ procedures and responses riddled with errors, but even after attention was…

Short Stuff: More Problems for Construction, Poultry Processing, Farms and Whistleblowers. So why doesn’t anyone want to work at DOL?

Do Not Pass go:  The New York Times reports that “the owner of two Brooklyn construction companies was charged with manslaughter on Wednesday because the authorities said he ignored complaints about a poorly maintained retaining wall that collapsed at a work site in 2015, killing an 18-year-old laborer and injuring two others.” Small Farms Don’t…

Sacrificing Your Health For Paycheck: NELP Report on Severe Injuries — Especially in Poultry

Twenty-seven workers suffer severe injuries involving hospitalization or an amputation every day, according to the National Employment Law Project (NELP) in a report based on OSHA severe injury data. These numbers cover just over half the states. The NELP report singles out the poultry industry, reporting that two poultry companies, Tyson Foods and JBS/ Pilgrim’s…