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Why Memorialize the Dead? 
June 17, 2019

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Arguments on both sides was generated last week, when the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released their 158-page report on the fatal gas well blowout that occurred at the Pryor Trust well in Oklahoma in January 2018. The CSB investigates chemical industrial accidents to identify roots causes and help make sure that they do not reoccur. In previous findings reports involving fatalities, CSB included a dedication page at the very beginning listing the names of the everyone who had died.

This has sparked arguments from both safety and worker advocate associations. “The lack of names was not an oversight, but a deliberate decision,” explained Hillary Cohen, a CSB spokeswoman. Cohen remarked the agency’s belief to “honor, respect and remember” the dead. However, “Placing the names of individuals that were fatally injured as a result of the incident and dedicating the report to them may infer culpability on the part of the entity responsible for the operation of the facility where the incident occurred.”

Advocates are outraged at the dead merely be referred to as “workers” in the report. Celeste Monforton, lecturer on occupational health and safety at George Washington University and investigator involved in the Upper Big Branch disaster which killed 29 coal miners, said, “it means a lot to family members to see the deceased recognized as human beings, rather than just job classifications. The act also helps convey the significance of the underlying investigation; there are lives at stake.”

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Missing Supervisor Found Dead 
June 10, 2019

Seven days ago, Monday the 3rd of June, workers continued throughout the afternoon and evening to locate their supervisor. Late in the evening, Trina Cunningham, Baltimore Department of Public Works (DPW) supervisor was found dead in a vat of water at the Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The City Union of Baltimore, which represents about 5,000 municipal and city school system employees released a statement which included, “this incident calls into question workplace safety protocols for the women and men who make sure our public works are safe for us.”

Cunningham, employed by the City of Baltimore for more than 20 years, was characterized as “a very dedicated, committed employee,” by the Rudy Chow, DPW Director. When engaged with reporters for additional information regarding alleged fire officials reporting a grate was missing from a catwalk that Cunningham was using, Chow told reporters, “the case is still under investigation… we don’t have all the pieces yet.”

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40 Dead and 400 Injured 
May 6, 2019

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More than 40 workers have died, and at least 400 continue to suffer ill effects associated with cleaning up the nation’s largest coal ash spill. The spill devastated the community, destroying a half dozen homes, roadways, and infrastructure and remains the largest human-created environmental disaster in U.S. history – larger than the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska and 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

A decade after the spill, workers say they were sickened, and many of their colleagues have died from exposure to the toxic elements found in coal ash from the December 2008 spill at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County. The dike of a coal ash storage facility at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County gave way in December 2008, spilling an estimated 7.3 million tons of the byproduct of burning coal onto 300 acres of land.

Coal is mostly carbon with variable amounts of other elements; chiefly hydrogen, sulfur, oxygen and nitrogen. Coal is formed if dead plant matter decays into peat and over millions of years the heat and pressure of deep burial converts the peat into coal. The same chemistry that enables coal to produce energy—the breaking down of carbon molecules—also produces a number of profoundly harmful environmental impacts and pollutants that harm public health. Air pollution and global warming are two of the most serious.

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Poultry Workers Demand Safer Conditions
April 29, 2019

Our fathers and grandfathers, industrial workers, those who built America, were bullied and beaten whenever they tried to ask for better working conditions. Today is not different, workers intimated to speak up for the fear of losing of their job. Single income families, single parents, people just trying to make a living, paycheck to paycheck. These and many more tend to fear speaking out, so what can they do?

 

This fear is easier to handle when you have fellow workers standing next to you. Last week, Minnesota poultry workers and advocated rallied for safer working condition as well as to commemorate Workers Memorial Day, which remembers workers who have died on the job or who were injured at work. The workers, former workers, and advocates gathered in front of the Stearns Country Courthouse last Thursday to addressed alleged issues at the Pilgrim’s Pride poultry processing plant in Cold Spring, Minnesota.

Nearly 27% of the workers surveyed said they have sustained injuries at work, and some workers said they don’t report injuries out of concern of job loss or that management may not take them seriously. The survey said workers felt managers instilled substantial fear and intimidation, causing them to not report injuries for fear of job loss. To date, only three investigations (2010, 2013, and 2015) have been conducted by OHSA, and workers say conditions have not improved.

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Worker Falls 40 Feet
April 22, 2019

Idaho construction worker was killed in a fall this past week.  Melvin E. Balaban, of Crete, a 56-year-old construction worker fell from a Costco chicken processing plant.  He suffered fatal injuries after falling 40-feet and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Thursday morning, Emergency Services responded too find Mr. Balaban fatally injured, and another worker, was trapped 30-feet above the ground and had to be freed by rescue workers.  Caleb M. Sabatka, 26-year-old Beatrice man, was rescued and taken by helicopter to CHI Creighton University Bergan Mercy in Omaha.

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A Lincoln Premium Poultry Representative, a project partner, stated both workers were employees of contractors working at the site.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident.  For further information about this or any other Environmental Regulatory, Occupational Safety and Health compliance processes, news or events, periodically visit our website www.aesmarine.com or contact our offices, (210) 430-3469.

Federal Safety Authority Decreases, Work Fatalities Increases
April 15, 2019

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) released a study revealing that workplaces monitored by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has identified that workplace deaths have increased at the same time as the number of federal inspectors have decreased. OSHA, the federal agency responsible for preventing workers from getting killed, poisoned, abused or dismembered at work appears to have seen some significant decreases in man-power.

The two-year study attributes the drop largely to attrition and stagnation, not funding cuts. OSHA’s budget has stayed relatively level year to year. However, OSHA has not replaced any of the staff who have left, not hiring a single new inspector if all of fiscal year 2017. It is unclear whether the slowdown reflects a deliberate attempt to minimize OSHA’s ability to function. As of fiscal year 2017, there were only 1,821 workplace inspectors in both federal and state agencies combined, covering almost 9 million workplaces nationwide

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Shipyard Safety Concerns 
April 8, 2019

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Several work groups and labor activists are working to break a trend of workplace accidents at the district’s ship breaking yards, as they question occupational safety measures. In the past 3 years, the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) have recorded 43 worker fatalities at ship-breaking yards. A Non-Government Organization (NGO), Young Power in Social Action, defending worker rights and protecting the environment, released records stating that more than 200 workers have died in the last 15 years.

Many of the workplace accidents resulting in these fatalities include:
• Cylinder, boiler, and generator explosions,
• Coming in contact with toxic material from ships,
• Workers inhaling dangerous substances like carbon monoxide,
• Workers falling from heights with no safety harness,
• Workers getting crushed by fall steel beams and heavy plates, and
• Electrical shocks.

A recent publication by the International Labor Organization (ILO) reveals that ship-breaking has become a major occupational and environmental health concern. It has become one of the more dangerous of occupations, with high levels of fatalities, injuries and work-related diseases.

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New Agency Managing Workplace, School & Public Safety 
March 4, 2019

In the last 32 months, 85 Florida citizens have lost their lives due to workplace and school violence. A new group’s primary focus will be investigating and developing best practices for businesses and schools in the state. However, a significant area of concern being avoided by the group, includes gun control.

The Institute for a Safer Florida, which is being spearheaded by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, has been developed following polling conducted buy a coalition of law enforcement, businesses, mental health professionals, and educators. “We’ve got to get past reacting to a shooting and try to prevent them,” said Executive Director of Florida State University Schools, Dr. Stacy Chambers.

Gun control apparently is not going to be a primary focus of the Institute. “That’s someone else’s argument and we are not going to get into that argument,” stated Mark Wilson, President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We’re going to get into best practices, we’re going to get into mental health. That’s the conversation we think we can make a difference on.”

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Concrete Block Claims Worker’s Life 
February 25, 2019

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A worker is pronounced dead, following a workplace injury at a local cement plant. Emergency crews were called to the Inland Concrete plant in Calgary’s northwest end on Tuesday afternoon. The worker was taken by ambulance for treatment but died of his injuries before reaching the hospital.

The governmental agency, Occupational Health and Safety, has launched an investigation into the fatality. Authorities have not released the worker’s name.

Lehigh Hanson Canada, the parent company of Inland Concrete, released a statement that the worker had been struck by a concrete block. Both Inland and Lehigh Hanson released a joint statement, “…we are committed to workplace safety.” “We appreciate the efforts of the emergency services responders and everyone helping at the accident scene,” the company said. “Our thoughts are with our employee’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

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Employees State Workplace Fatality Preventable 
February 18, 2019

Following the 23-year-old death, state investigators discovered Fort Wayne Plastics had removed safety features from that machinery, so employees could physically climb inside it. Hogue was fatally wounded after a coworker turned on the press as she stood in it. The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration ultimately fined the company $6,300, and since Shacarra Hogue did not have any dependents, Hogue’s family received only $10,000 in workers’ compensation payouts.

Rep. Carbaugh new legislation would increase maximum penalties for employers cited for certain safety violations, increase from $7,000 to $100,000 the fine imposed on a company for each worker killed in a workplace incident involving company fault, and remove the opportunity for a negotiated reduction in penalties. “Hopefully, a penalty such as this would make employer think twice; ….it doesn’t cost much to risk the life employees,” Rep. Carbaugh stated upon filing the bill. For further information about this or any other Environmental Regulatory, Occupational Safety and Health compliance processes, news or events, periodically visit our website www.aesmarine.com or contact our offices (210) 430-3469.

 

employees state workplace fatality preventable

A spokesperson for GE released the following statement, “There is an ongoing investigation of the incident. We have a robust safety process and are already working with OSHA. We are committed to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees.” Louisville Metro Police Department are also investigating the “workplace accident.”

For further information about this or any other Environmental Regulatory, Occupational Safety and Health compliance processes, news or events, periodically visit our website www.aesmarine.com or contact our offices (210) 430-3469.