Weekly Toll: Workplace Deaths Continue into New Year

Dispatches OSHA

Supermarket Employee Killed in Fall from Ladder Pasco, WA — A supermarket employee, Duoc Tran, fell to his death at Comumbia Market when the ladder he was climbing to retrieve an object for a customer slipped and he fell and hit his head on the floor. [Source Washington Department of Labor and Industries.] Construction worker…

Today in Mining History: December 19, 1984 and 1907

Darr Mine Fire: Dec. 19, 1907 At 11:30 a.m., a massive explosion rocked the Darr Mine of the Pittsburgh Coal Co. near the village of Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania, at the point at which the creek enters the Youghiogheny River above Smithton. Just one miner near the surface was able to escape the holocaust that took 239 lives.   It…

Weekly Toll: A Few American Workers Who Will Never Come Home

Not a good week to be a worker in Indiana (California and Florida weren’t so hot either.) Construction worker killed in accident near Willmar Holland Township, MN — A man tiling a field in central Minnesota died on Friday morning in a workplace accident. The construction company employee was installing drainage tile in the field…

Weekly Toll: A Few of the Workers Killed on the Job Last Week

Question: in this election season, how many candidates are being asked about their plans to reduce the every-day carnage in the country’s workplaces? Construction worker killed at Margaritaville Resort in Kissimmee, authorities say Kissimmee, FL — A construction worker was killed after his truck fell into a retention pond at the Margaritaville Resort in Kissimmee,…

Weekly Toll: Employees Killed at Work

CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT KILLS WORKER AT SELMON EXTENSION TAMPA, FL – A Land o’ Lakes man died Saturday (Sept. 15) while working at the Selmon West Extension project, the Tampa Police Department said. Kadri Elmazi, 68, of Land O’ Lakes, died at the scene. Mr. Elmazi was operating a “roller” machine on a dirt embankment when the machine toppled,…

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: 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,…