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On December 30, 1970, a coal mine exploded on Hurricane Creek, near Hyden, Kentucky. Thirty-eight miners died that day, yet another example of the terrible safety conditions of coal mining, even at a late date. This was the worst mining disaster in the United States in two years. That this happened after major federal legislation […]
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On September 6, 1869, the Avondale Colliery mine near Plymouth, Pennsylvania caught on fire, killing 110 workers. This disaster, one of the first major coal disasters in the United States, led to some of the nation’s first workplace safety laws, but ultimately, many thousands more workers would have to die before the nation took workplace […]

Fireworks

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On July 6, 2016

Above: Huang Mingwei Did anyone blow up their fingers this weekend? Well, if you did or if you didn’t, know that the fireworks you enjoyed were made by Chinese laborers working in extremely dang

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This is a guest post by Jacob Remes, who is clinical assistant professor at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. His book, Disaster Citizenship: Survivors, Solidarity, and Power in the Progressive Era, is available from the University of Illinois Press. He tweets at @jacremes. Charles Lee worked at a patent leather factory in the Blubber […]
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Blankenship

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On April 6, 2016
American justice: Be a wealthy white man who kills 29 workers and you get a year in prison. Be black and smoke a joint, get many years in prison, assuming the cops don’t just kill you. Donald L. Blankenship, whose leadership of Massey Energy Company transformed him into one of the wealthiest and most influential […]

Construction Deaths

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On December 7, 2015

You may not be surprised that the combination of non-union worksites and a weak regulatory enforcement structure kills construction workers: Most construction sites where workers died failed to take b

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