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

Poison Food, Poisoned Workers: Eyal Press of The Intercept writes about chronic health problems that have plagued Jessica Robertson since she began working as a  part-time U.S. Department of Agriculture poultry inspector at a turkey processing plant, most likely from peracetic acid which is used to remove bacteria from the carcasses of chickens and turkeys. USDA had ignored…

Weekly Toll: Last Week’s Workers Reporting for the Final Shift

Death Toll in California’s Carr Wildfire Raises to 7 as Utility Worker Dies CLEARLAKE, Calif. — A utility worker was killed near a Northern California wildfire as crews working in sweltering conditions battled multiple blazes, including twin fires that exploded in size and forced hundreds more to evacuate rural communities, officials said Sunday. The Pacific…

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…

Weekly Toll: Workers Not Coming Home From Work Last Week

1 worker killed, 1 hurt after Dumpster falls at NC Campbell’s Soup plant, reports say MAXTON, N.C. (WNCN) – One worker died (Alex Radford, 53) and another was hurt in an incident involving a large trash bin at the Campbell’s Soup plant in Robeson County on Sunday, media reports said. WMBF reported that a Dumpster…

Weekly Toll: Nothing New on the Workplace Death Front

Salisbury Chemical Plant Employee Dies After Falling Into Open Tank Salisbury, NC — The employee who died in a workplace accident Saturday morning at a chemical plant in North Carolina has been identified, according to WSOC. The victim, identified as 43-year-old Clint Miller, fell 10 feet into an open tank at about 4 a.m. during…

Workers Memorial Day Around the Country

Workers Memorial Day events were held around the world last weekend. Here are some articles about many of the US events. Others weren’t covered in the press. California “Worker’s Memorial Day” Celebrates California’s Fallen Providers Gov. Brown Declares April 28 as Workers Memorial Day Coming together for a safer Tesla on Workers’ Memorial Day Annette Brooks, Caltrans worker killed in…

Massachusetts Moves Forward on Protecting Public Employees. But millions remain without protection.

Question 1: What did the following workers have in common? Mercer County village worker killed in industrial accident MENDON, MERCER COUNTY, OH — A Village of Mendon employee was killed in an industrial accident Thursday at the village utility department, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said. Brendan Poling, 49, had climbed inside the bed of a dump…

Weekly Toll: Mourning for the Dead

Two Fatalities Confirmed in Helicopter Crash Near Smethport Keating Twp, PA — Two workers were killed when a helicopter performing maintenance on power lines crashed late Sunday afternoon 1.5 miles north of Smethport Borough in Keating Township.  The fatalities confirmed by State Police at the Kane barracks and McKean County Coroner Michael Cahill.  A third person in the helicopter, believed…