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Every McDonald's in This Nation Shuttered for 2 Days

After 2 teen employees were electrocuted in Lima, Peru

(Newser) - Every McDonald's in Peru shut down for two days this week to mourn two teen workers who died while working a night shift over the weekend. The bodies of 18-year-old Gabriel Campos Zapata and Alexandra Porras Inga, 19, were found by emergency workers in the Lima restaurant Sunday morning.... More »

Why One State 'Scuttled' Worker's Horrible Death

Phillip Lee Terry died in Indiana in 2017

(Newser) - Phillip Lee Terry's death was needless and gruesome. Now Indiana officials are accused of crippling a probe into the tragedy while trying to get Amazon to open its second headquarters in the state, Vice reports. John Stallone, a former state safety inspector, is the whistleblower who triggered the story.... More »

He Had Sex on a Business Trip and Died. His Employer Is Liable

Paris court rules cardiac arrest during adulterous interlude was a workplace accident

(Newser) - An employee for a French railway company went into cardiac arrest and died during an adulterous sexual encounter with a "perfect stranger" while on an out-of-town assignment for work, and a Paris court recently deemed it a workplace accident and is holding the employer liable. Quartz reports on the... More »

A Noise From Meat Grinder, Then a Horrifying Scene

Worker killed Monday in Pennsylvania meat-processing facility

(Newser) - "This was a horrible accident" seems an understatement considering how a plant worker died Monday in Pennsylvania. Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. said 35-year-old Jill Greninger fell or was pulled to her death inside a large commercial meat grinder she was operating at Economy Locker Storage Co.... More »

Bear Spray Incident Sends Amazon Workers to Hospital

9-ounce bottle of spray was accidentally punctured

(Newser) - Amazon sells everything, including bear spray, a fact that made for a pretty rough workday for some employees at an Amazon fulfillment center in Robbinsville, NJ. ABC News reports bear repellent spray was accidentally released on the third floor of the 1.3 million-square foot facility, sending 24 workers to... More »

Older Workers Dying on the Job at a Higher Rate

35% of fatal accidents involved a worker over 55

(Newser) - Older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, even as the rate of workplace fatalities decreases, according to an AP analysis of federal statistics. It's a trend that's particularly alarming as baby boomers reject the traditional retirement age of 65 and keep... More »

Firm Cited for 23 Violations After Robot Kills Bride-to-Be

Auto parts plant cut safety corners to meet high targets: OSHA

(Newser) - Federal authorities have announced nearly two dozen safety violations issued to an auto parts manufacturer after a bride-to-be who worked at its Alabama plant was crushed to death by a robotic machine. The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Wednesday announced 23 violations after investigating the death at the... More »

Soon-to-Be-Dad Dies in Molasses Vat at Work

Robert Herweyer had just married and was expecting his first child

(Newser) - Robert Herweyer had much to look forward to. The 23-year-old had married in November, just moved into a new home with wife Joy, and was expecting his first child with her any day now. But a tragic accident cut all that short when the Michigan man died in a molasses... More »

US Poultry Workers Wear Diapers: Report

Denial of bathroom breaks a serious safety issue, affront to human dignity: Oxfam

(Newser) - On the Pilgrim's Pride website , "prioritize the team over yourself" is one of the poultry producer's core values. But in something out of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle , Bloomberg notes, an Oxfam America report suggests that "value" is really a humiliating issue for already marginalized workers... More »

Worker Dies in Bakery's Huge Mixer

Police say she may have gotten caught on machine

(Newser) - A Utah grocery store worker is dead after what appears to be a gruesome workplace accident. Carmen "Jackie" Lindhardt, 45, was working at the bakery of a Ream's Food Store in Sandy, outside Salt Lake City, around 10am Wednesday when police say she was dragged into an industrial-sized... More »

Teen Dies in Wood Chipper on First Day at Work

His boss had a heart attack at the scene

(Newser) - A North Carolina teenager died one of the most horrific workplace deaths imaginable on his first day on the job. Mason Cox, 19, died on Saturday after being pulled feet-first into a wood chipper, police in Kings Mountain say. WSOC reports that co-workers who had been cutting down trees in... More »

Bumble Bee Forced to Pay $6M for Worker Cooked Alive

Worker Jose Melena died a horrific death

(Newser) - Bumble Bee Foods will fork out $6 million for the horrific death of an employee cooked alive in 12,000 pounds of tuna fish, NBC News reports. Announced Wednesday by prosecutors, the plea agreement is California's biggest ever for a workplace safety violation. It consists of $3 million to... More »

Tuna Plant Charged After Worker Cooked to Death

Colleagues at Calif. plant turned on oven while Jose Melena was inside

(Newser) - Felony charges have been filed more than two years after the horrific death of a worker at a California tuna plant. Bumble Bee Foods and two of its employees have been charged with willfully violating safety rules in the death of 62-year-old Jose Melena, who was cooked to death inside... More »

Workers: McDonald's Told Us to Put Mustard on Burns

Condiments replaced first-aid kits, safety complaints say

(Newser) - Instead of being offered burn cream, McDonald's workers who suffered severe burns on the job were asked if they wanted mustard or ketchup on that, according to recently filed safety complaints. In some of the 28 safety complaints filed in 19 states over the last couple of weeks with... More »

Senator Seeks Answers on Man's Sugar-Plant Death

Bob Casey tells OSHA number of incidents is unacceptable

(Newser) - The chief the Senate's workplace safety subcommittee says he is concerned about the rising number of deaths involving temp workers—and he is "particularly troubled" by the death of Janio Salinas, who was buried alive in sugar last year after a plant removed a safety device that was... More »

Worker Buried Alive After Sugar Plant Pulls Safety Device

Anti-accident screen was 'slowing down production'

(Newser) - A worker at a Pennsylvania sugar plant died buried alive in sugar in an accident that could have been prevented by a safety device removed just 13 days earlier, a ProPublica investigation finds. Janio Salinas—a 50-year-old who, like every other employee in the CSC Sugar warehouse in Fairless Hills,... More »

EPA to Workers: Stop Pooping in the Hall

Agency hires consultant after phantom pooper strikes

(Newser) - The Environmental Protection Agency has a pretty basic tip for EPA employees who want to protect the environment they work in: Stop pooping in the hallway. The agency's Denver branch found it necessary to tell workers to cease "inappropriate bathroom behavior," citing incidents including toilets clogged with... More »

Happiest State Is Also Deadliest, for Workers

That would be North Dakota, with 17.7 deaths per 100K

(Newser) - With the nation's fastest-growing economy and lowest unemployment rate, it's no wonder North Dakota is the happiest state in the country—but it's also the deadliest for workers. According to a new report from the AFL-CIO, oil and gas workers are six times more likely to die... More »

Families Rage Over China Plant Inferno

Building where 119 died had no fire exits

(Newser) - The 119 workers killed in a poultry plant fire in China died because of greed and corruption, furious relatives say. The disaster—believed to be the worst factory fire in Chinese history—has sparked huge protests in northeast China, the South China Morning Post reports. Survivors say five of the... More »

119 Trapped Workers Die in Poultry Plant Inferno

China plant's gate was locked when fire broke out

(Newser) - At least 119 workers were killed and dozens more injured when fire swept through a poultry plant in northeast China early today, trapping workers inside a slaughterhouse, the AP reports. Surviving workers say the gate was locked when the fire broke out. A loud bang was heard before the fire... More »

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