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Preventable Deaths: The Texas Explosion & The Tragedy Of
Tom O'Connor, Dir., Ntl. Council for Occupational Safety & Health
The latest work place tragedy, the explosion last Wednesday at
Texas’ chemical and fertilizer plant left at least 14 people dead and
more that 160 injured. In the last year, on average 4,500 people died
in workplace accidents. But, while the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA) has jurisdiction over 7 million
workplaces the U.S. spent only $558 million a year on OSHA, as
increasing numbers of workers died. With a gutted agency it’s not
uncommon for some companies to go years without inspection.
The Texas plant hadn’t been inspected since 1985 and even then
despite being cited for serious violations for storage of anhydrous
ammonia was fined a mere $30.
Remembering the Triangle Fire
Sophia Henderson Holmes
Poet Sophia Henderson Holmes reads from her epic poem
commemorating the lives of those who died at the Triangle Fire.
The poem itself serves as well as a tribute to Sophia herself, who
has since passed on but has left us her stirring words and the
challenge to organize for workers' rights.
produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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