Health & Safety at Work
By Jessica Goldstein, 9 October 2019
The CDC investigation highlights the international character of the risk of silicosis, a deadly and incurable occupational lung disease, among stone fabrication workers.
By Brian Brown, 7 October 2019
While the meatpacking industry has historically been a dirty and dangerous occupation, taking workers lives and limbs, a dangerous job will become a lot worse with the Trump administration pushing further de-regulation.
By Jacob Crosse, 5 October 2019
Police and government officials are investigating the death Adrian Gomez, 26, husband and father of two, who was killed when he became trapped in machinery.
By Philip Guelpa, 5 October 2019
Dangerous, antiquated conditions at the East New York bus depot are only one symptom of the severely deteriorated condition of the city’s transit system.
By Gary Joad, 16 September 2019
During a nine-month period, 52 people were hospitalized and 16 individuals placed in intensive care units. Eighty percent of those contracting measles were children.
By Kathleen Martin, 14 September 2019
The fire department immediately shut down the Stone Warehouse shop after the accident for multiple safety violations.
By Benjamin Mateus, 9 September 2019
The FDA has issued a public warning of a rapidly developing epidemic of severe lung illnesses associated with “vaping,” with 450 cases confirmed spanning 33 states.
By Leslie Murtagh, 26 August 2019
Two utility workers conducting maintenance on a transmission power line in New York’s Hudson Valley region died this week when they came into contact with a wire that wasn’t supposed to be carrying electricity.
By George Kirby, 2 August 2019
The oil industry has proven itself oblivious to the occasional slap on the wrist from federal regulators, continuing to flout health and safety rules in the chase for production and profits.
By Patrick Davies, 30 July 2019
The tragedies are a result of the gutting of full-time jobs and the erosion of working conditions, enforced by the trade unions.
By Rafael Azul and Kimie Saito, 28 June 2019
“Patients are not numbers! Maximum patients + minimum nurses = maximum profits. And the costs are passed on to the consumers and us.”
By Matt Rigel, 28 June 2019
The Minnesota Nurses Association is working to sell out nurses in Minneapolis-St. Paul metro region by negotiating contracts at some hospitals while others remain unsettled.
By John Ashbrook, 28 June 2019
The Trump administration is backing a tri-state effort to build a huge fossil fuel processing facility that threatens public health and the environment.
By Samuel Davidson, 25 June 2019
The massive explosion and fire at a Philadelphia oil refinery are the direct result of the criminal drive for profits at the expense of the safety of the workers and the collaboration of the USW with the company.
By Bryan Dyne, 21 June 2019
The airline captain’s statement to Congress exposed the negligence of Boeing and questioned the relationship between the company and regulatory agencies.
By John Ashbrook, 21 June 2019
Millions of people are potentially exposed to toxic coal ash, which can cause bone cancers, leukemia and nervous system and brain damage.
By Alex Johnson, 17 June 2019
Doctors are often hesitant to seek treatment, due to the stigma associated with mental health problems.
By Brian Brown and Tom Hall, 12 June 2019
Rashes, burning throats and eyes, and other symptoms have been reported by thousands of flight attendants following the introduction of new uniforms at several US airlines.
By Jessica Goldstein, 26 April 2019
Residents of Beach Park, Illinois were ordered to stay inside and 40 people were hospitalized after toxic anhydrous ammonia leaked into the air during a chemical spill.
“Why did Boeing make it like that? Pure negligence and greed. There is simply no other answer.”
By Bryan Dyne, 20 April 2019
Rytis Beresnevičius has closely followed the two recent Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes and the engineering, executive and regulatory decisions that led to these disasters.
By Rohantha De Silva, 6 April 2019
Hundreds of residents have been killed or injured in recent years by the regularly occurring fires in the city.
By Jessica Goldstein, 6 April 2019
Fleming’s death is the 392nd to occur at the mill, which has operated since 1902.
By Jacob Crosse, 22 March 2019
Residents of Deer Park and Galena Park, east of the Texas city, have been the most affected by the fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company.
By Jeff Lusanne, 2 February 2019
The wife of a worker who died at a Joliet, Illinois Amazon warehouse in 2017 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Amazon for the extreme delay of medical treatment that led to his death.
By Jessica Goldstein, 31 August 2018
What the official investigations will not expose is that the deaths of Bell and Zavala have a deeper cause: the profit interests of JW Marriott, DCS, and PCL.
By Mark Witkowski, 20 July 2018
The death of Angel Espinosa is the latest in a growing number of workplace fatalities in the state with fatalities steadily increasing over the last two decades.
By Jessica Goldstein, 16 July 2018
The Kentucky state OSHA office report found that Ivan Bridgewater "suffered crushed injuries to include rib fractures and hemorrhaging which killed him.”
By Jessica Goldstein, 12 July 2018
Juan Alberto Ojeda, 33, was killed at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida in an accident with a Toro utility cart.
By Jessica Goldstein, 8 June 2018
Kyle Hancock was killed Tuesday after being crushed by dirt and debris that had collapsed on top of him while working on a backed-up sewage line in Northeast Baltimore’s Clifton Park.
By Trévon Austin, 28 April 2018
The two explosions released tons of toxic material into the air, posing serious health risks.
By Jessica Goldstein, 23 February 2018
A study conducted by Norwegian scientists confirms earlier findings that common cleaning agents have a detrimental impact on workers’ lung health.
By Jerry White, 27 December 2017
December 27 would have been the 22nd birthday of Jacoby Marquis Hennings, who tragically died at Ford’s Woodhaven Stamping Plant on October 20.
“If finding out what happened could save another life at least something good would come from our son’s death”
By Jerry White, 23 December 2017
Two weeks after the death of 41-year-old electrician Ivan Bridgewater, company, union and government officials have not explained how the fatal accident occurred.
By Jerry White, 20 December 2017
The rise in occupational deaths during Obama’s last years in office lifts the lid on record corporate profits and America’s so-called “economic recovery.”
By Shannon Jones, 19 December 2017
As is typical, the media has dealt with this tragedy in a perfunctory manner, seeking to conceal the social implications of the industrial carnage taking place in the United States.
By Trévon Austin, 6 December 2017
The worker’s death highlights deteriorating safety standards in the oil industry, which have only worsened due to the collaboration of the United Steelworkers union.
By Jessica Goldstein, 9 March 2017
A steelworker was killed following the reopening of the US Steel mill in Granite City, Illinois, the third death at the mill since its purchase from National Steel in 2003.
By Tom Hall, 26 November 2016
The fire at ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge refinery, the fourth largest in the country, flows from the betrayal of the 2015 refinery strike by the United Steel Workers union.
By David Brown and Julio Patron, 16 May 2016
Plans to hold the Olympics in the middle of Brazil’s Zika epidemic threaten to greatly increase the global reach of the virus.
By Shannon Jones, 18 September 2014
Although it was in possession of reports linking an ignition defect in GM cars to fatal crashes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration took no action.
By Zac Corrigan, 6 June 2014
Thirty-one-year-old Andrew Beckman was crushed by over 3,000 pounds of steel rods at a Saginaw steel plant.
By Tom Eley and Barry Grey, 26 August 2010
This week’s massive recalls of contaminated eggs and lunch meats have lifted the veil on the source of the US food supply in brutal and unsanitary sweatshops.
By Tom Eley and Dwight Stoll, 22 July 2010
Experts warn of a long-term public health crisis on the US Gulf Coast as a result of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
By Hiram Lee, 5 June 2010
BP cleanup workers spending long hours on waters contaminated by oil and chemical dispersants have begun reporting health problems including headaches, nosebleeds, chest pains and dizziness.
By Jerry White, 12 January 2010
The return of high levels of black lung disease is, above all, a testament to the treacherous role of the United Mine Workers of America.
By Alan Whyte, 19 August 2009
A track repairman, Michael Nash, was struck by a Washington, D.C., Metro train and killed on August 9—the latest in a series of accidents involving the public transportation system of the nation’s capital.
By Jack Cody, 11 July 2009
Work place fatalities are rising as businesses hire inexperienced temporary workers and sidestep safety regulations, trying to cut costs and weather the economic crisis.
By Hiram Lee, 11 June 2009
An explosion at the ConAgra Foods plant in Garner, North Carolina has left three workers dead and several more injured.
By David Fisher, 21 April 2009
On April 1 an AS332L2 Super Puma helicopter carrying personnel from BP’s Miller platform crashed into the North Sea with the loss of two crew and 14 passengers.
1 November 2008
The following letter was sent to the World Socialist Web Site in response to the article, “Canadian Government defends export of asbestos to poorer nations.”
By John MacKay, 30 October 2008
The Canadian government has played a major role in keeping chrysotile asbestos off a United Nation’s list of dangerous substances.