For all the progress America has made in workplace safety, some jobs remain dangerous. These are jobs in construction and industrial work that still come with a high risk of accidents and a high risk of death or disability when accidents occur.
Twitter is on the verge of a multi-billion dollar public offering. Facebook has more than 1 billion users. By any measure, the age of Web-based social media sites has arrived.
If you drive northwest of Newburgh for about two and a half hours, you'll come to the town of Vestal. The pace is a little slower than it is here, but the quiet was broken this past March when tragedy struck at a pipe and plastics manufacturing plant there.
A 79-year-old man working on a oil rig in western New York was killed recently by falling equipment at his work site. The unfortunate incident occurred on Wednesday, when the older gentleman was working with a group of employees on the rig. The group was "servicing the hydraulic well" when suddenly a number of cables and pulleys snapped, causing the equipment to fall and strike the 79-year-old. He was declared dead at the scene.
Each week it seems another workplace explosion occurs somewhere in the U.S. Why? Is the frequency of these accidents increasing? Or is mainstream media finally paying due attention to the problem of dangerous work environments?
Earlier this month, we wrote about the current worker death toll associated with Hurricane Sandy and the cleanup efforts that are occurring in its wake. Unfortunately, workers are being injured and contracting occupational illness at Sandy cleanup sites in addition to experiencing fatalities. A recent media investigation into work-related injuries associated with Sandy cleanup reveals some disturbing trends.