Posts Tagged ‘workplace injuries’

Mourn the dead; fight for the living

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Today is Workers Memorial Day, on which we remember the thousands of men, women, and children who are injured or killed on the job. The April 5, 2010 disaster at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, in which 29 miners lost their lives, makes this year’s observance especially poignant.

But while that event shocked and galvanized the nation, it was hardly unique. Just days before, an explosion at the Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes killed six workers in Washington. In February, three workers were lost in a gas explosion at the Kleen Energy Plant in Middleton, Connecticut. Every day in the United States, an average of 14 workers die as a result of workplace injuries.

There’s a word we can use to describe the majority of these horrible incidents: Preventable. (more…)

The Speed Kills You

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

They give you ice, they give you hot water, they sell you pills and tell you that you have to learn to live with pain.
—Anonymous Nebraska meatpacking worker

It’s not just in North Carolina that meatpacking workers have unbelievably bad working conditions.  (more…)

Jobs that REALLY suck

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Low pay.  Incompetent managers.  No input into decision-making. Many of us have jobs that suck.  But for some, going to work is downright life-threatening.  One of the worst industries is meat processing, where dangerous conditions, musculoskeletal disorders, and worker harassment are rife.  Take a look at the Charlotte Observer’s chilling exposé of a supposedly “safe” poultry company: (more…)