Weekly Toll: Workers Not Coming Home This Week

68-year-old man killed in workplace accident in Hall County Atlanta, GA — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating. A 68-year-old man was killed Friday in a workplace accident in Hall County, the sheriff’s office said. The man was identified Saturday as Jake Sanders of Flowery Branch, sheriff’s spokesman Stephen Wilbanks said. Sanders, an…

Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Battle to Protect Workers: Short Stuff

In Memorium, Adrienne Markowitz: The health and safety movement has lost another of its legends. Adrienne Markowitz, former safety and health Director  of  the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Workers Union died of breast cancer last week. As her obituary describes  “She worked with, and for, the New Jersey teachers union, identifying threats from mercury,…

OSHA to the Public: ‘You Can’t Handle The Truth!’

OSHA has engaged in a furious flurry of press activity over the past month. Well, “furious” by Trump-OSHA standards. By anyone else’s standards, it’s still pathetic. OSHA has issued an astonishing total of six press releases since the beginning of August.  This is, of course, practically nothing compared with the more than 50 large cases…

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…

Times: Arkema Incident “Raised Doubts” About Chemical Industry’s Preparedness.

I have a feeling we ain’t seen nothing yet about the effects of Hurricane Harvey on the chemical industry in the Gulf States — and those who live near chemical facilities.  Although the loss of control over chemicals at the Crosby Arkema chemical plant seems to have fallen out of the news in favor of…

Weekly Toll: Workers Continue to Die In American Workplaces

Retired firefighter, 59, dies of 9/11-related cancer, 16 years after he spent weeks at Ground Zero New York, NY — The 9/11 terror attacks have claimed the life of another firefighter who spent weeks at Ground Zero, according to the union that represents city firefighters. Retired FDNY Firefighter Michael O’Hanlon, a 30-year veteran of Engine…

Harvey: The Extent of the Disaster In Chemical Corridor

For Your Reading “Pleasure” The explosions in the Arkema Chemical plant in Crosby, Texas will most likely not be catastrophic. But the breakdown in this facility’s ability to safely withstand Hurricane Harvey elevated the issue of chemical plant safety in the era of climate change. And that could be a good thing. Below are just…

Harvey Update: Flooded Chemical Plant Explodes. Trump Policies Increase Future Risk

Cable news and newspapers across the country are headlining the continuing explosions at the  Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, that was flooded by Hurricane Harvey.  The plant was evacuated after power failed and several containers full of volatile chemicals that required cooling threatened to explode when power was lost and the generators failed. At…