Jobs Kill 150 Americans Per Day

800px-Favres_TodVia the Huffington Post:

More than 100 people in the United States die every day as a result of their work, according to a new report from the AFL-CIO.

The union found that about 4,693 workers were killed on the job in 2011, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 50,000 workers per year die from work-related diseases. Combine those numbers and you get about 150 work-related deaths per day, the AFL-CIO report found.

To put that number in comparative terms: Americans are 271 times more likely to die from a workplace accident than from a terrorist attack, according to an op-ed last month from Mike Elk, a labor reporter for In These Times.

The recent industrial disasters in West, Texas, and across the globe in Bangladesh have brought the issue of workplace safety into sharp focus. The fertilizer plant explosion in Texas killed 15 and injured hundreds, while the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh last month claimed the lives of more than 700.

In the case of the West plant explosion, regulators missed potential hazards in the lead-up to the blast, indicating that both the government and the company could have done more to protect workers.

The AFL-CIO report noted that the agency charged with monitoring workplace safety in the U.S., the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is chronically understaffed. At current staffing levels, OSHA could check the country’s 8 million workplaces once every 113 years, according to the report.

Though the U.S. government could have done little to prevent the disaster in Bangladesh, critics claim American-based companies’ pursuit of super-cheap clothes have contributed to workplace safety issues there.

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12 Comments on "Jobs Kill 150 Americans Per Day"

  1. Simon Valentine | May 12, 2013 at 12:01 pm |

    the facility where i work
    and one related to it
    have witnessed degradations of health and death; spine & heart
    what you may find is that, like any business
    even this is something some of them’ll yoke onto someone else
    some people tend to conveniently for themselves forget that error compounds when work load increases
    and to think it’s such simple math
    makes you wonder why people are where they are

    think it’s dissent? file a sonic boom charge.

    • BuzzCoastin | May 12, 2013 at 7:57 pm |

      > the facility where i work….
      makes you wonder why people are where they are

      certainly does make one wonder

      “Even if you strive diligently on your chosen path every day, if your heart is not in accord with it, then even if you think you are on a good path, from the point of view of straight and true, this is not a genuine path. If you do not pursue a genuine path to its consummation, then a little bit of crookedness in the mind will later turn into a major warp.” Miyamoto Musashi

      • Simon Valentine | May 12, 2013 at 10:03 pm |

        sonic boom charge that is then
        disparity, rank
        you lack the data to acknowledge either way
        i’m a major part of the few people who are turning things around
        as regards t.f.w.i.w.

        and yeah
        we wonder why anyone works there or goes there
        business just keeps growing
        which could make one wonder
        if any business at least as busy
        is at least as warped

        so why are we wapping hypotheticals
        when my crit chance is over 50%

        any straight and narrow is incomplete
        and merely a tool to warp
        so beam up Scotty
        and he’ll talk about how complicated it is
        while Kirk asks for warp speed again

        people seemingly have limited options when it comes to acquiring sustenance or whatever
        so sure
        there’s plenty of reason to
        and plenty of reason not to
        which is just that much more reason to be correct irregardless of adages and saying which tend towards superstition in this particular facility
        but hey
        ol’ Benji’s common sense is a religion or some Shat

        any word on Sino-American combine Coast Guard?

        • BuzzCoastin | May 12, 2013 at 10:20 pm |

          yeah, right

          Hush! The other, twined on codliverside,
          has been crying in his sleep,
          making sharpshape his inscissors on some first choice sweets fished out of the muck.
          A stake in our mead.
          What a teething wretch! How his book of craven images!
          Here are posthumious tears on his intimelle.
          And he has pipettishly bespilled himself from his foundingpen as illspent from inkinghorn.
          He is jem job joy pip poo pat (jot um for a sobrat!) Jerry Jehu.
          You will know him by name in the capers but
          you cannot see whose heel he sheepfolds in his wrought hand
          because I have not told it to you.
          O, foetal sleep!

          • Simon Valentine | May 12, 2013 at 10:42 pm |

            parallel worlds of worlds with more age than ye olde Umairickuh, parsed and calipered, farce sought and calibered, one-attempt Tommy’s with their man on top a man on top a horse like it’s jengatic pachinko pool in Athens. god forbid Zeno keeps his mouth shut, someone said. then they began hypothesizing whether or not the Greek knew to cast his own magic. surely sheered the silly salamander, hydraulically pumping lepers into Caesars’ Paxton Fettel, is. parsed and calipered. one trick pony. counts, dukes, and point men. the chopper will get to him if he doesn’t see her in the flashback. if she doesn’t get him like a cheshire bombtrack. nameless informationless body shells ready to embed the next terminator, the next doppelganger, the next wake, the next previous, the timeslessness, the medes and the mebes. if the Kraken comes, is it heard before or after the combine? are the waves so high and so large come from the deep like a sound from a horn? who can know the Krakken, if not the naga or the Nidhogg?

          • Rhoid Rager | May 12, 2013 at 10:46 pm |

            Oh fuck, not this again. If I wanted this, I’d go to What happened to the labourers?! Take your feet off the crazy pedal, fellas!

          • BuzzCoastin | May 12, 2013 at 10:47 pm |

            but Flynn gradually discovers that, as a User,
            he is capable of manipulating the reality of the digital world

          • Simon Valentine | May 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm |

            somehow i could say both i didn’t know that and i knew that and get a way with it. so PSI, certainly, but maybe i’m not Huck, A? i always wondered if somewhere, in some time, if i’d still have both arms. right one’s mostly F’d anyway. so i guess life aint integers, sometimes. pi glitch Lord Inglip Lord Tourettez Lord Turing Lord Szass. Szass Tam. not so much related to River or Simon, some say. still not recalling the name of that one Darth Lord who supposedly manipulated solely imagination. meh. thanks for the references~

        • Rhoid Rager | May 12, 2013 at 10:49 pm |

          “any word on Sino-American combine Coast Guard?” RoFL

  2. Liam_McGonagle | May 12, 2013 at 4:27 pm |

    Death may not be the worst fate to befall a person, but at least we could spread it out a bit more evenly.

    Here’s what I mean: Why don’t the BoD of British Petroleum require Carl-Henric Svanberg to work out of the Nigeria office? Or at least to situate his desk directly over volatile refinement machinery?

    You can’t engineer risk out of the process, but you can make compensation commensurate with the level of risk.

  3. mannyfurious | May 13, 2013 at 11:50 am |

    What the fuck? Isn’t it enough that our bosses let us go home at night and mate freely with the women-folk? Isn’t it enough that those of us with college educations typically get sick and vacation days? Fuck, sometimes they even have to pay us overtime and give us holidays off. There’s a minimum wage for Christ’s sake. Saturdays and Sundays off… HELLO?

    Bunch of commie bastards. Want everything given to you. Don’t want to work for nothing. Imagine how much profits our bosses could make if they could force 60 hour workweeks on us. But no. You’re impeding progress. Some of you bastards still feel like you deserve “comp time” and time off when your children are born. Fuck you. Americuh has been and always will be a capitalist society, where freedom rules, bitches.

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