“We mean nothing to no one” — Slaughter In The Trenches

It never stops. Two workers, Juan Baez-Sanchez, 42, and Victoriano Garcia-Perez, 56, both Mexican immigrants, died in the collapse of a 12 foot deep trench outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming last week.  The men, who worked for Mountain West Services, owned by developer Jamie Mackay, were working alone.  The trench may have collapsed hours before…

Weekly Toll: September is Finished, but Workplace Deaths Go On

2 Mississippi police officers dead, suspect in custody after shootout BROOKHAVEN, Miss. — Two police officers were shot and killed following an early Saturday morning confrontation in Mississippi, authorities said. Warren Strain of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety said at a news conference that the officers were called to a house in the city…

Weekly Toll: Kavanaugh Testifies, While Workers Continue to Die

Firefighter dies after propane tank explodes in Tilford Rapid City, SD — A local firefighter died Friday afternoon while fighting a structure fire and searching for an unaccounted for person during a blaze in the Tilford area. As the structure burned, the fire moved to a nearby propane tank, causing it to explode. A firefighter…

Worker Killed In Trench Collapse — Again. Why? And What Can Be Done?

Another in a continuing, never-ending series on the tragedy of preventable trench collapses (and the journalism that accompanies them.) Anthony Smith was killed in a preventable trench collapse a on August 16 when a 15 foot deep trench caved in on top of him. OSHA, for those who don’t know, requires trenches more than 5…

Weekly Toll: Summer Ends, Workplace Deaths Continue

Man run over while overhauling bus at Chicago Heights junkyard Chicago, IL — A man died after being run over by a bus he was overhauling Friday afternoon at a junkyard in south suburban Chicago Heights. Officers responded at 2:17 p.m. to the incident at Wilkins Rebuilders Supply, 171 E. 12th St., according to Chicago Heights…

Weekly Toll: Workers Killed on the Job Over the Past Two Weeks

2 firefighters killed as blaze rages in northern California REDDING, CALIF. —The National Park Service reports a second firefighter has died while battling the Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County.  On Sunday morning, Capt. Brian Hughes of the Arrowhead Interagency Hotshots was killed. According to the National Park Service, 33-year-old Hughes was on the east side of…

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

Death by Trench: Equipment World has just completed a special report on trench hazards and the dozens of preventable deaths that happen ever year.  Most chilling is the piece on survivors who tell of the terror they felt being buried under tons of soil. And there are heros, like Jay Herzmark in Washington who worked with…