A recent article from Huffington Post features a commentary from a labor union president arguing that safety violations resulting in the death of workers should be punishable by prison time instead of mere fines, as if often the case. Every 12 days, a member of his union or one of their coworkers is killed in a workplace accident. This, he says, has been the status quo for a long time.
The deaths he is talking about are not only preventable, but quite horrific. He discusses how workers are crushed by heavy equipment, drowned in vats of toxic chemicals or even burned to death. After these deaths occur, they will happen again and again to other workers, and this is what he is trying to stop. Continue reading