The Weekly Toll is at once inspiring and heartwrenching, a record of unending and unnecessary death in America’s workplaces. We’ve posted about it a couple of times in years past (here, here; read some of the entries), but not for a while. The Weekly Toll appeared for some years on Jordan Barab’s superb health and safety blog, Confined Space, and yesterday we brought you the wonderful news that Jordan has been selected as Deputy Assistant Secretary at OSHA (and in fact will be Acting OSHA Director starting next week). That’s the good news. The bad news is that Death didn’t decide to give it up just because Jordan is going to OSHA.
Most Americans don’t appreciate the pain and tragedy unnecessary injuries and deaths cause to workers and their families. A vivid example of this accompanies a YouTube video that portrays, in graphic manner, the many ways people are killed and maimed in the workplace. As usual on YouTube, the poster includes a short description, and this one is truly dismaying:
This video was actually shown during an Asbestosis training that I attended today! I almost hit floor in absolute laughter and tears during the training.
Category: Comedy (YouTube)
There is nothing inaccurate or comedic about this video. Death may be laughing, too, but I’m not.