Public Employees at Risk: America’s Second-Class Citizens

What do Moises Dominguez, Cameron Leeds and Charlie McLaughlin have in common? All of them are public employees listed in the most recent “Weekly Toll” list of workers killed in the workplace last week.* But the similarities stop there.  An full investigation will be conducted on the death of Dominguez, who worked for the city…

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: 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 Last Week

Family, friends mourning death of construction worker killed in Twin Peaks Tunnel SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KTVU) – Family and friends are mourning the death of a construction worker, killed after he was hit by a steel beam in the Twin Peaks Tunnel in San Francisco on Friday. Loved ones have identified him as 51-year-old Patrick Ricketts,…

OSHA Cites Two Multiple Death Cases Very Differently

OSHA has issued citations in two multiple fatality cases, one with a appropriately large penalty (for OSHA) and one not so much. What’s going on? Gavilon Grain  Gavilon Grain LLC faces a half million dollar penalty for the suffocation deaths of two men, Joshua Rasbold, 28, and Marcus Tice, 32, who died after they were buried under…

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: A Partial List of Workers Killed On the Job in the Last Week

Houston tow truck driver killed after wrecker stolen HOUSTON, TX — Police say a tow truck driver in Houston whose wrecker was stolen moments after unloading a repossessed car was killed when the alleged thief ran him over. Houston assistant police chief James Jones said Friday the suspected thief ultimately crashed the tow truck in neighboring…

Weekly Toll: Workplace Deaths Over the Last Two Weeks

I took a week off compiling this list. No change in the deadly work that American workers do, except that workers have fewer rights than they did two weeks ago — especially public employees. In other news, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed an appropriations bill requiring OSHA to start listing names of workers killed on their…

Patterson CEO Bonus Slashed to $2.25 Million After Explosion Kills 5

Adding tragedy to catastrophe, Patterson UTI CEO Andy Hendricks is receiving only a paltry $2.25 million bonus for 2017 because the safety portion of his bonus calculation (and their top executives) was eliminated as a result of the explosion that killed five Patterson UTI workers in Quinton, Oklahoma on January 22. According to Energywire, The company’s six…