Last week was Workers' Memorial Week--a time dedicated to commemorating all of the workers who died preventable deaths on the job. The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) released a report which outlines what it considers to be the most dangerous workplaces in the U.S.
Three of the companies on National COSH's "dirty dozen" list are notable because of their size and prominence. They employ workers on a large scale across the nation:
- Amazon: National COSH cited seven instances of preventable warehouse worker deaths in one set of facilities in Seattle, Washington--three of these deaths occurring within a five-week span in 2017. National COSH criticized Amazon's disregard for worker safety--and its push for billions of dollars in tax breaks in the wake of these tragedies.
- Lowe's Home Improvement: According to the report, 56 workers at a Lowe's location in Mooresville, North Carolina died as a result of exposure to methylene chloride. Nonetheless, the conglomeration of stores continues to sell paint strippers and other products containing this lethal substance.
- Tesla Motors: At a factory in Fremont, California, National COSH found the rate of recordable injuries to be 31 percent above the industry average--and 83 percent above the industry average for serious injuries. In addition, Tesla has been accused of failing to report all of its worker injuries, in order to make its workplaces appear to be safer than they are.
No matter what your job, you're entitled to safe working conditions under the law. Standing up for workplace safety can save lives. If you believe your employer is cutting corners on workplace safety, it's worth consulting with an attorney who specializes in workers' interests to understand your recourse.