Monday, August 01, 2005

Death in the Workplace; Families Left Behind

OSHA fined Acetylene Service Company $237,600 for an explosion in January that killed three Perth Amboy men and severely injured a fourth. It was a fairly substantial fine for a small company, including three $42,000 willful penalties.

But it also turns out that the Hispanic workers killed in the explosion were not just disembodied names and statistics, but actually real people with families and dreams. The wife of one of the workers is even clerking for a New Jersey Superior Court Judge

Who woulda thunk it?