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Weekly Toll: Killed on the Job

Last week two workers were killed in grain facilities, 8 migrant farmworkers were killed in a traffic incident, workers were killed in a coal mine, a chemical release, fall into trash compacter, workplace violence, electrocution, forklift and vehicle incidents and falls. On average, over 100 workers are killed every week in the United States due to traumatic injuries suffered at work. More than 20 times as many die from occupational diseases, many due to exposure to hazardous substances many years before they died. The few narratives below (gathered from almost 100 Google News searches) do not come close to capturing the full toll that work takes on the working people of this country. Nevertheless the accounts below gave you a taste of the preventable carnage occurring in workplaces across the country every day.


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