Skip to comments.Today’s Death Toll:150 Workers
Posted on 05/09/2014 3:04:17 PM PDT by mdittmar
Despite significant advancements in workplace health and safety over the past four decades, 150 people will be killed on the job or die from job-related illnesses and diseases today, reports the 2014 edition of the AFL-CIOs annual Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, released this morning.
And that daily death toll, which has remained steady for the past several years, plus the 11.4 million work-related injuries and illnesses a year show:
The nation must renew the commitment to protect workers from injury, disease and death and make this a high priority. We must demand that employers meet their responsibilities to protect workers and hold them accountable if they put workers in danger. Only then can the promise of safe jobs for all of Americas workers be fulfilled.
Overall in 2012 (the last figures available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) 4,628 workers were killed on the job in the United States, and an estimated 50,000 died from occupational diseases, Nearly 3.8 million work-related injuries and illnesses were reported, but many injuries are not reported. The true toll is likely two to three times greater or 7.6 million to 11.4 million injuries a year.
A hard days work should not be a death sentence, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. It is unconscionable that any worker has to choose between life and putting food on the table. When Congress votes to weaken worker protections or defund critical programs and when big corporations marginalize and de-emphasize worker safety, they insult the memory of all those workers who have died while fighting to attain the American Dream.
(Excerpt) Read more at aflcio.org ...
I call on the President to enact a Work Control Proposal!
Maybe he could put a ban on jobs, or restrictions on job seekers and strengthen federal background checks of people attempting to get a job.;)
Don’t look now, but he already has.
:: 150 people will be killed on the job or die from job-related illnesses and diseases today ::
Maybe they should all be working South-side Chicago. Only 14 injured and 2 dead over the weekend.
Coming from the thug Trumka, I suspect this is pure horsesh*t.
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The same idiot that did this count, counts homeless and uninsured the rest of the year.
As someone who has worked both sides of the workplace safety regulations and been trained and a trainer of Worker’s Compensation/OSHA safety training, it has been my experience that the majority of deadly injuries often comes from an employee failing to follow a safety requirement.
I would even push the AFL-CIO to reveal just how many of the 150 are actually UNION employees who the company was either unable to discipline or terminate for reckless behavior that eventually caused injury to themselves or others.
You can be saved from death,but only if you pay your union dues;)
Maybe the union thugs should stop protecting their members getting drunk on the job.
What a shocker! I had no idea that many people were still employed in this country.
“. . . or die from job-related illnesses and diseases today . . .”
This sort of politicized propaganda is usually supported by some statistical statement that more often than not is scientifically bogus, and in this bit of union bilge, that bit of sleight-of-hand is packed into the quote above.
I’d guess the majority of the deaths cited where associated with illness (rather than job-site accidents), and the attribution of a given illness to a specific work-place condition is usually dicey at best. If somebody dies of bladder cancer and they worked in the rubber industry 30 years ago, there’s a good chance there’s a causal relationship; if they died of lung cancer and they worked in a manufacturing plant, there’s no way of telling. And I don’t expect the AFL-CIO is going to be real careful in evaluating their epidemiology on this stuff.
My fear is that I will die of a heart attack on my forklift,and not on a Golf Cart;)
Outlaw jobs to stop these senseless deaths.
Exactly. All about the bucks.
A hard days work should not be a death sentence, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. It is unconscionable that any worker has to choose between life and getting
his kneecaps busted crossing a picket line”.
40 years in mining and I’ll agree with you. There are equipment failure, unexpected rock fall, etc. where improvements can be made but saving time by cutting corners, carelessness, hangovers, bad lifting practices, dope, and laziness account for the bulk of industrial accidents.
". . . killed on the job or die from job-related illnesses and diseases today." 90 year old guy who passes away while arguably still affected by a work-related injury that occurred 40 years ago is included in this. So is everybody who managed to convince the workman's compensation board that their heart disease or high blood pressure was work-related (not a difficult exercise). I would like to see the proportion between actual death on the job attributable to working conditions . . . and everything else.
Very good. I remember him when he ran and won the presidency of the UMW. He was a thug surrounded by thugs, stiff armed his way to that win.
‘Outlaw jobs to stop these senseless deaths.’
The answer we have all been waiting for. I give it 5 stars for liberal logic.:^)
About 25 years in mining, strip and deep. We had a man killed in rockfall in ‘57 in my grandfather’s mine. Worst accident my father and I had was a broke leg in the late ‘70’s. Quit in ‘85 drugs were not a problem, hangovers were.
Not gonna happen,they knock on your door and make sure you show up,even if you’re hungover to the point that you can’t get there on your own.
Funny.. Obama’s fear is that he will die at a desk and not on the golf cart..
so he spends a lot of time on the cart.
Found a better job that week,still with them 15 years later,full benefits,7 weeks paid vacation a year,That was the only, and last union job I had.
Work dangerous? Ban it immediately.
Things must be really bad, at least based on 8,865,586 American workers on Social Security disability this time last year.
Perhaps corporations should rethink policies such as strewing oily marbles on work floors and putting walkways over vats of boiling acid.
Drugs were an off and on problem. Mostly weed in AZ, meth in Oregon. Nevada was just alcohol. The line supervisors were responsible for smelling breaths and seeing how the eyes focused as they loaded the cage.
I only ever caught one guy underground and he was so drunk he couldn’t stand up. He said the company was at fault because he was on his last notice for absenteeism. The Steelworkers took his case to arbitration and lost. Their claim was the absentee programs caused unsafe conditions. The program was negotiated so the arbitrator wasn’t buying it. Testifying in the arbitration was my introduction to labor relations where I spent my last twenty working years.
The meth use at the nickel smelter in Oregon cost me a lot of sleep both in worry and being called out on dark hour shifts.
I hate that when that happens.
Okay ... 150 people will die today because of ...
If true, why doesn’t Big Labor provide us the names of these people. Or, how about providing the names of the ones who died six months ago?
It is long past time that people and organizations who spout numbers back them up with actual names.
Am I skeptical - you becha!
I am tired of the constant crises of one form or another; none of which seem to be backed up by hard facts of any kind. This constant level of crises in one form or another has replaced reasoned debates as the Federal Government lurches from one crises to another on alamost a daily basis.
Must have neglected the police union stats. The must get killed at much higher rates, leading to their need to shoot anything that moves.
Someone makes up a statistic out of whole cloth and if it makes a point that the left wants made, it is spread throughout the MSM. It drive me crazy.
I usually respond with some ridiculous stat of my own.
Did you know that 2.75 million Americans died last month trying to have the amount of sex that Sandra Fluke claimed that I needed to pay for her to have?
We had 3 brothers working underground for us all were excellent workers so we didn’t want to lose any of them. The youngest brother would come in so hungover you looked at him and almost felt sorry for him. Dad and I would pick out the most heavy labor job we could find and sweat it out of him. Took about 4 to 5 hours of breaking rocks and such and he would be able to go back to his regular job driving a shuttle car.
Worked on me too when I was younger and stupid, Dad would use the sweat cure on me also. He was an equal opportunity employer in the best sense. He was old school. The men loved him.
I wish they all understood their choices dictate their longevity.
This is just so false I can't believe Trumka said it.
I worked in aerospace, and every once in a while we would have someone die in an accident, but the company and every employee tried hard to prevent that. For every accident, there were many other deaths which came from people working long after they should have retired. A lot of people made very goofy personal decisions which put them in a bad place financially. We had a guy in the receiving department who let his mid-40s daughter and her worthless husband move into his house. Then he had to work to support them when he should have retired. For a long time, he drove a truck which shuttled equipment and supplies between several facilities a few miles apart. Then he had a heart attack, but still wanted to work. So management found a spot shuttling an electric cart all within one facility. Another heart attack and they insisted he retire. He was dead in a week. Trumka would lay this at the company's feet saying the company "worked him to death. Nonsense, it was his daughter and her husband who worked him to death.
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