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In 2013, the Rana Plaza collapsed, killing 1,129 workers making your clothing. No one in America cared. American companies made sure nothing would change. European companies at least agreed to minor changes in workplace safety, but even that was quite limited. So it’s hardly surprising that death on the job would remain a central feature […]
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The meat industry is absolutely reprehensible. Its treatment of workers has been horrible ever since it and the Eisenhower administration busted the unions in the 50s in order to lower prices for consumers. The Hamlet chicken plant disaster is perhaps the most famous incident, but as we’ve seen, the treatment of these workers during COVID […]
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The Tech of Death

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On June 16, 2020
Gizmodo has this series where they ask experts this or that. For this week’s version, they asked a bunch of historians about which technology has led to the most accidental death. I was one of the historians they asked and pointed to the railroad. I don’t know if trains have in fact killed more people […]
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On December 6, 1907 the Monongah Mining Disaster in West Virginia killed at least 362 workers but probably over 500. This remains the most deadly mining disaster in American history. Coal mining was a tremendously dangerous industry. It also required a lot of workers in a nation dependent on burning coal, both for industry and […]
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