Weekly Toll: Public employees, workplace violence and death in a tire-shredder

I’ve been away, so it’s a long, depressing list this week. Lowlights include 11 public employees in states that don’t have OSHA coverage – Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Florida, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma and Ohio: Highway workers, police, firefighters. PennDOT worker killed in I-99 crash LOGAN TOWNSHIP, PA — State police at Hollidaysburg are investigating a…

Weekly Toll: Falls, shootings, explosions — and two more tow truck drivers

Man found dead, pinned underneath Bobcat in York County PARADISE TWP., PA — A New Oxford man died Monday afternoon after being pinned underneath a piece of construction equipment. Shane Hockensmith, 30,  was found unresponsive — and determined dead — under a Bobcat in the first block of Beaver Creek Road around 4:12 p.m., according to…

Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Battle for Safe and Health Workplaces: Short Stuff

The moral of this week’s stories is that if you find yourself eating pork chops at your fancy seaside hotel in a hurricane ravaged part of Florida, you need to re-evaluate your life. Trumpworld to Government Scientists: No Science for You! This falls into “The Onion or Real News” category. Imagine my alarm when I…

Weekly Toll: Tow Truck Drivers, Cops, Truck Drivers, School Workers — Not Coming Home

Much-Loved Tow Driver Killed While Helping Stranded Motorist Saginaw, MI — For many, tow-truck driving may not seem like a very hazardous occupation. But according the owner of one tow-truck company, one tow truck driver gets killed almost every six days in the United States.For him, it’s not just a statistic. On Wednesday, Jan. 10, one…

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) —…

NY Times Misses the Point on “Regulatory Fatigue”

Buried in paragraph 6 of an article on Page 11 of today’s New York Times — right next to an article on new corporate loopholes provided by the Republican Tax Deform bill —  are statistics noting that about 48 million Americans get sick from food-borne diseases each year, according to the Food and Drug Administration. “Of…

The Weekly Toll: More Workers Not Coming Home

Firefighter battling SoCal wildfire dies from ‘thermal injuries, smoke inhalation’ SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A firefighter died Thursday while working a colossal wildfire burning in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles that has become the fourth largest in California history. Cory Iverson was an engineer with a state fire engine strike team based in…

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

COSHCON17 — The Young and the Active — : The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, the umbrella group of all the nation’s COSH groups held its annual conference last week and I was privileged to be able to chair a very moving panel on “Lessons from Workplace Fatalities” with some of my heroes: …

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…

“Weird Noise Coming From the Chipper” as Employee is Dragged to his Death

This article by Elizabeth Floyd Mair of the Altamont Enterprise is a rare summary of a court case involving an employer challenge of an OSHA citation. This case resulted from an employer’s contest of a citation for violations related to the gruesome death of a day laborer who was dragged into a wood-chipper in Guilderland, New…