Two Seattle-area employers have been cited by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) for violations that exposed workers to dangerous levels of asbestos while demolishing an apartment building. Asbestos is known to cause cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and conditions. In t...
[caption id="attachment_3884" align="alignright" width="300"] Moritz Erhardt worked eight all-nighters in two weeks. Then for three days in a row before his death, he was in the office until 6am.[/caption] The notorious culture of long workdays and routine all-nighters endured by banking interns is...
According to the latest reports of forestry officials, the nineteen firefighters killed in Arizona earlier this week did not have an escape route established that would have allowed for evacuation of the entire group to safe ground. Official safety practoces require fire crews to designate a place ...
According to local authorities, a mysterious explosion at an Indiana grain silo killed an employee on Monday afternoon.  Workplace safety officials have launched an investigation into the cause of the workplace fatality. The LaPorte County Sheriff's Department issued a press release explaining t...
As previous posts on workplace fatalities have reported, fishing, logging, farming, and aircraft piloting rank as the most dangerous jobs in America. Yet these rankings are based on the percentage of workers killed each year, and since the total number of employees in these industries is low (compar...
Following mounting evidence that temporary laborers are injured at much higher rates than regular employees, federal regulators have just implemented several new measures to protect an estimated 2.5 million temporary workers in the U.S. In December, the Center for Public Integrity and Chicago Publi...
Workplace Fatalities On the fishing docks of New England, almost everyone knows a fisherman who died at sea. Joe Neves, a boat captain for over 30 years, remembers when one of his crew was knocked overboard. "We heard him screaming 'Help me!' " Neves recalls, looking at his shoes. "But you know, on...
On the heels of news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating links between the 5-Hour Energy drink and 13 deaths over the past few years, the product’s manufacturer is defending the safety of its caffeine-loaded “shots” when users follow the guidelines as directed on the bo...
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has published information on work-related deaths in 2011, highlighting the three occupations with the highest fatality rates. Workplace Fatality Many are surprised to learn that among fishermen killed on the job, rates have been cut nearly in half since 2009. Unf...
SeaWorld is fighting $75,000 in work safety penalties issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following last year's gruesome death of a trainer who was grabbed by her ponytail and dragged under water by an Orca whale in front of horrified spectators. A hearing is set for Monday ...