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On November 23, 1891, a miner in Alaska named Patrick Whalen was injured in a mining accident. After a lower court awarded him financial compensation, the Supreme Court stepped in to make sure that injured workers would get nothing. This moment both demonstrates the indifference of mine owners to the safety of their workers and […]
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On March 2, 1893, President Benjamin Harrison signed the Safety Appliance Act. This critical act finally created a modicum of safety on American railroads, mandating air brakes and automatic couplers years after European nations had done the same thing. Finally, railroad work would become something less than ludicrously unsafe. And yet, such an act still […]
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Working in the Heat

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On August 10, 2021
I am so not happy to have my Oregon time include another of these insane heat waves. Good times. But my work is in air-conditioned archives or wherever else I want to work during the summer. No real pain for me. A lot of us are like that. But a lot of us are not. […]
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Ban Alcohol on Airplanes

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On June 6, 2021
I yield to no one in my love of a good beer or whiskey. But there’s a time and a place for things, including drinking. Airplanes and other highly public places are not the time and place. For years, flight attendant and other passengers have had to deal with drunk and disorderly passengers, sometimes leading […]
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