A report on worker safety that was released by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Heath found that 66 Massachusetts workers died on the job or from work-related injuries last year. A ceremony yesterday on the steps of Boston’s statehouse memorialized these workers.
One of workers mentioned in the report, which is called “Dying for Work in Massachusetts: The Loss of Life and Limb in Massachusetts Workplaces,” is David Gonzalez, a 24-year-old paper manufacturing employee. Gonzalez died when his clothing got caught in a piece of machinery and the machinery pulled him in and crushed him.
Inspectors from OSHA found 12 serious safety violations at the paper manufacturing plant after the machinery accident. The company appealed the proposed fines of $29,500 and OSHA settled on nine violations and a fine of $16,125.
According to the executive director of MassCOSH, “the report demonstrates that the cost of cutting corners on safety is paid in human lives.”
Safety issues cited in worker deaths, Worcester Telegram, April 29, 2009
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