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Who Put Workers and Communities at Risk with Unsafe Practices

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Press Contacts: 

Roger Kerson, 734-645-0535; roger@nationalcosh.org

Advisory for Telepresser, Wed., 4-25 @ 2 pm ET
Who Put Workers and Communities at Risk with Unsafe Practices

SAN DIEGO, CA – The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) will announce “The Dirty Dozen” companies of 2018, highlighting companies that put workers and communities at risk due to unsafe practices.

The "Dirty Dozen 2018" report is being released in observance of Workers’ Memorial Week, honoring workers who lost their lives on the job and their families. In 2016, 5,190 workers in the U.S. died from acute workplace trauma, the highest figure since 2008.

“Every day there are workers who don’t come home to their families because of tragedies we know could have been prevented,” said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of National COSH. “This year, we’ll identify several companies who received specific warnings about safety hazards and failed to correct them.  Workers paid the ultimate price for these failures.”

Who:  

Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, Co-executive Director, National COSH

Jonathan Galescu, worker at Tesla Motors, Fremont CA

Brian Wynne, brother of Drew Wynne, who died in October 2017 from exposure to a paint stripper containing methylene chloride

What: Telephone media briefing on “Dirty Dozen 2018,” a report on companies that put workers and communities at risk.  

When: Wednesday, April 25, 2 pm Eastern time/ 11 am Pacific time

Where: To receive call info, please RSVP to roger@nationalcosh.org

Criteria for inclusion in the “Dirty Dozen” included severity of injuries to workers; citations by national and state safety authorities; and activity by workers to identify and correct safety problems.

To join the call, reporters can RSVP to roger@nationalcosh.org for call-in information.

In addition to deaths from acute workplace trauma, some 95,000 workers in the U.S. die each year cancer, respiratory and circulatory diseases and other conditions linked to from long-term occupational exposures. An additional three million workers suffer non-fatal illness and injuries.

Workers’ Memorial Week is a global event to honor workers who lost their lives on the job and their families, also recognizing those who suffer from occupational injuries and illnesses. In the United States, vigils, memorial services and other events in communities across the country will remember fallen workers. A listing of events is available on the National COSH website.

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National COSH links the efforts of local worker health and safety coalitions in communities across the United States, advocating for elimination of preventable hazards in the workplace. For more information, please visit coshnetwork.org. Follow us at National Council for Occupational Safety and Health on Facebook and @NationalCOSH on Twitter.