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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 t

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On April 27, 1978, a concrete cooling tower at a power plant being constructed on Willow Island in West Virginia, collapsed, killing 51 workers. This was one of the largest industrial disasters of the era, another symbol of the lack of attention to workplace safety in the United States. The 1970s saw the construction of […]

The Wages of Coal

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On November 9, 2018

Oh coal, you never have any downsides. A federal jury on Wednesday ruled a global contractor tasked with keeping disaster clean-up workers safe instead endangered them – some fatally. A jury in U.S.

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On October 4, 1918, the T.A. Gillespie Shell Loading Plant near Sayreville, New Jersey exploded, killing approximately 100 workers making ammunition for the nation’s war effort during World War I. This was another in a series of disasters from poor workplace conditions that defined American work life during these years, especially in dangerous trades. Too […]

Sweatshops Kill

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On September 27, 2017

I am far from surprised that a sizable number of the deaths in the Mexico earthquake are sweatshop workers toiling in an unsafe building. In Mexico City, social movements and working people are in mou

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