Chemical Release Caused by Workers’ Mistakes? CSB Says No.

Seems like no matter how well a government report describes, some reporters persist in blaming workers’ “mistakes” and “gaffes” for chemical releases and other incidents. Last week, the Chemical Safety Board released a final report on a major chemical release at MGPI Processing Inc., in Atchison Kansas in October 2016,  due to the inadvertent mixing…

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Worker dies after northeastern Indiana industrial accident FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a worker has died in an accident at an industrial facility in northeastern Indiana. The Allen County sheriff’s department says the woman got stuck in a machine at Fort Wayne Plastics on Sunday afternoon. The worker’s name wasn’t immediately released. Sheriff’s…

Boiled to Death, Buried Alive and Leg Ripped Off: The Stories Behind the Statistics

One of the fathers of occupational health, Irving Selikoff, once said that “statistics are people with the tears wiped away.” Today, the statistics look bad. This week we learned that coal mining deaths doubled in 2017, and rose to their highest point in three years. Fifteen miners died on the job in 2017, compared with eight…

Weekly Toll: Last Workers to Die in 2017. Let’s hope 2018 is better

Bad couple of weeks for workers in Kansas and firefighters across the country. Also two trench deaths and a food processing worker whose leg was ripped off. Last list of workers killed during 2017. Good Riddance. Let’s hope for a better 2018. Man Killed Loading Road Salt at Kentucky Facility Identified LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) —…

“Anything goes” Death at Goodyear — in the Workplace and on the Road

Goodyear Tire and Rubber makes tires. They also seem to be good a killing people in a variety of different ways — in cars because of their defective tires, and in workplaces because of their defective safety procedures. Reveal (Center for Investigative Reporting) writer Jennifer Gollan discusses Goodyear’s special talent in her article Treading dangerously: Lax…

Weekly Toll: Falls, Trench Collapses, Shootings, Traffic Incidents. All In a Day’s Work

1 killed, 1 injured in scaffolding collapse at Md. elementary school construction site FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (WJLA) — A subcontractor was killed and another person was injured in a scaffolding collapse at the Sugarloaf Elementary School construction site late Monday morning. Frederick County Sheriff’s officials have not released the identities of the victims. According to police,…

Weekly Toll: The Bell Continues to Toll For American Workers

Bentleyville man dies at ArcelorMittal plant in Monessen Monessen, PA — A Bentleyville man died Sunday night at the ArcelorMittal Coke Plant in Monessen. According to a report Tuesday from the Washington County coroner’s office, Robert Klett, 60, was found unresponsive about 10:45 p.m. Sunday at the plant at 345 Donner Ave. The report said…

Weekly Toll: Workers Age 19 to 60 Won’t Be Coming Home

Worker Dies in Industrial Accident at Northern Idaho Mill ATHOL, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a worker at a northern Idaho lumber mill died in an industrial accident on Friday. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s office says the 45-year-old man was fatally injured while trying to clear a broken piece of wood from a machine at the Merritt Brothers…

Weekly Toll: Workers’ Deaths Are Not Statistics

A couple of comments before we get to this week’s list.  We’ve written about OSHA’s unfortunately decision to remove the names of workers killed on the job from their webpage. Jennifer Gollan of Reveal News interviewed a number of family members of workers killed on the job who felt that OSHA’s decision was wrong and reduces…