Latest Weekly Toll

In continuation of the tradition begun at Jordan Barab’s Confined Space blog, Tammy has posted another edition of the Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace at her Weekly Toll blog. (It was posted on April 1; my apologies for not linking to it sooner.) It gives short writeups on 59 workplace deaths, including the following:

  • Daniel Contreras, a 32-year-old construction worker from Oxnard, California, died when the trench he was working in collapsed.
  • Jeffrey Lowenthal, 53, was fatally shot during a robbery in the Maywood, Illinois hardware store he managed.
  • Anthony Shands, a 72-year-old resident of Gilmer, Texas, fell to his death from a 150-foot communications tower where he was connecting cables.

Read the full descriptions of these and other workplace deaths here. It’s an excellent reminder of how much work we still have to do on occupational health and safety.