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National COSH to Announce 2019 “Dirty Dozen” Employers Who Failed to Protect Workers from Preventable Illness, Injury and Death

Monday, April 22, 2019
Press Contacts: 

Carissa Poroko, 202-369-0699
Media Advisory: 4/24 @ 1:30 pm ET/10:30 am PT

News from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health

National COSH to Announce 2019 “Dirty Dozen”
Employers Who Failed to Protect Workers from Preventable Illness, Injury and Death

New Report Details Workplace Trauma, Unsafe Practices,
Sexual Harassment, Racial Discrimination and Workers’ Actions
to Protect Their Health

Workplace fatalities Increased by 11% since 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA – The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) will announce today “The Dirty Dozen” companies of 2019, in a report highlighting employers—some of which also rank as the world’s most valuable companies—who put workers and communities at risk due to unsafe practices, harassment and racial discrimination on the job.


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

Tasha Burrell, victim of sexual harassment and gender discrimination at an overheated XPO warehouse where conditions caused six women to miscarry and, when one worker died, employees were told by management to continue working around her dead body.

Tanya Harrell, 22-year-old McDonald’s worker who was locked in a bathroom by a co-worker who exposed himself, choked her and attempted to rape her.


Telephone media briefing on “Dirty Dozen 2019,” a report on companies that put workers and communities at risk by failing to protect them from preventable hazards, unsafe and inhumane conditions in the workplace.  

When:   Wednesday, April 24th, 1:30pm EST/ 10:30am PT

Where: To receive call info, please RSVP to Carissa@tricompr.com

The "Dirty Dozen 2019" report is being released in observance of Workers’ Memorial Week, honoring workers who lost their lives on the job and their families. In 2017, more than 5,100 people died from workplace trauma, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition to these deaths due to acute trauma at work, an estimated 95,000 workers die annually in the U.S. from cancers, respiratory and circulatory diseases and other illnesses associated with long-term exposure to hazards in the workplace.

“Too many workers become ill, injured and die each year under the watch of their employers who, in some cases, are repeat offenders and among the world’s most profitable companies,” said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of National COSH. “Employers have a legal responsibility to provide a safe workplace, but we continue to hear disturbing reports of abuse, exploitation, harassment and threats to silence victims. There is no reason for workers to be put at risk of injury or death when there are specific safety standards to prevent these tragedies. A person’s life and the lives of their families are not just the cost of doing business.”

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 press call on 4/24, reporters should RSVP to Carissa@tricompr.com to receive call-in information.

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.