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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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Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who murdered 29 workers at his Upper Big Branch Mine in 2010, has been convicted of only a misdemeanor conspiracy charge and will serve at most a single year in prison. Let us remember what he has done: Two government and two independent investigations blamed the Upper Big Branch deaths […]
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Prosecuting CEOs for Dead Workers

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On October 15, 2015
Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is facing three felony counts and thirty years in prison for his direct role in the deaths of 29 coal miners in 2010 at the Upper Big Branch mine he owned. I believe this is the first time a CEO has faced felony charges for workplace safety issues. Cole […]
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Tianjin, Texas

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On September 1, 2015
Above: The 2013 West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion There’s been a lot of media discussion over the past week about Chinese workplace safety conditions because of the Tianjin explosion that killed more than 150 people and spewed toxic material into the air. The problem is a lack of regulatory control, corruption, and a culture of […]

Workplace Violence

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On August 28, 2015

The horrible killing of the Virginia TV crew has once again shown that a) gun violence is inherently political, b) that the National Rifle Association is a front organization for murderers, and c) tha

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