Health & Safety at Work
“A lot of people don't get a ventilator when they come to a hospital now, no matter how young they are”
By Clara Weiss, 31 March 2020
New York is now the center of the pandemic. As of Monday night, 1,342 people have died and 67,325 have tested positive. Over 36,000 of the infected are in New York City.
“We cannot abandon the nurses”
By Allison Smith, 31 March 2020
Last week, 34-year-old nurse Daniella Trezzi, who worked in the COVID-19 intensive care ward of San Gerardo hospital at Monza, near Milan, committed suicide.
By Patrick O’Connor, 31 March 2020
The strike lasted several hours, only ending after management promised to improve social distancing and sanitising.
By Jerry White, 31 March 2020
With their work becoming ever more essential, grocery and delivery workers are fighting to protect themselves and those they serve from the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
By Robert Stevens, 24 March 2020
The coronavirus crisis has exposed how Europe’s health and social care services face collapse after decades of being underfunded, privatised and de-staffed.
By Tony Robson, 24 March 2020
NHS doctors and nurses have been battling against the government’s refusal to provide testing and adequate Personal Protective Equipment.
By Markus Salzmann, 24 March 2020
It is still virtually impossible to be tested for the life-threatening virus and there is a lack of protective marks and other urgently needed equipment for health care workers.
By Benjamin Mateus, 24 March 2020
The total number infected in the United States is approaching 50,000, with nearly 600 dead.
By Benjamin Mateus, 24 March 2020
The WSWS spoke to three physicians as the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate in the United States.
By Jean Shaoul, 24 March 2020
This foreseeable and foreseen disaster comes after Israel’s 13-year-long siege that has rendered Gaza almost uninhabitable.
By Hector Cordon, 24 March 2020
Two weeks after the first emergence of a coronavirus infection in its Everett, Washington, plant, Boeing has shut down production in the region.
By Nick Barrickman, 24 March 2020
After strikes by US and European Amazon workers over the danger to their health, the company’s billionaire CEO feigned concern while insisting that workers keep pumping out profits.
By Luke Galvin, 24 March 2020
The half-measure concessions, which went into effect Sunday, also included keeping stores in the rest of the United States operating with “delivery-to-door” service.
24 March 2020
Florida residents on COVID-19 pandemic: “There is no way we can go longer than a month at this rate.”
By Matthew MacEgan, 24 March 2020
Workers and students spoke with the WSWS about lack of supplies, limited testing, and growing concerns over the economic, social, and health impact on their families and friends.
COVID-19 hits Nevada: Catastrophic job losses coupled with woefully inadequate health care infrastructure
By Jacob Crosse, 24 March 2020
Hundreds of thousands of workers have been laid off and Nevada’s sparse health care infrastructure is buckling as community spread of coronavirus takes hold.
By Phyllis Steele and Jerry White, 24 March 2020
Even as school districts deliver free meals to millions of low-income students, state governments have already begun slashing school spending and reneging on promised pay raises to teachers.
By Ben McGrath, 24 March 2020
Workers are being kept on the job, exposing themselves and their communities to greater risks.
By Tom Peters, 24 March 2020
Medical professionals have warned that the country is unprepared for a significant outbreak of coronavirus and New Zealand “will look like Italy or the US” without extreme measures.
20 March 2020
Drivers shut down Detroit bus system with sick-out over health and safety concerns during coronavirus outbreak
By Kevin Reed, 20 March 2020
Bus drivers took matters into their own hands in Detroit on Tuesday morning and shut down the city’s public transportation system to demand sanitary conditions.
By Tom Hall, 20 March 2020
Within hours after wildcat strikes in Fiat Chrysler plants in Michigan and Ohio forced a temporary shutdown of much of the North American auto industry during the coronavirus pandemic, the corporate media entered into full cover-up mode.
By Tom Hall and Joseph Kishore, 18 March 2020
There is growing outrage among workers in the United States and internationally over the fact that they continue to be kept on the job in nonessential industries and workplaces amidst the spreading coronavirus pandemic.
Workers shut production in auto plants throughout Michigan and Ohio, in defiance of UAW and management
By Tom Hall, 18 March 2020
Workers at Fiat Chrysler’s Sterling Heights (SHAP) and Jefferson North (JNAP) assembly plants in Metro Detroit took matters into their own hands last night and this morning and forced a shutdown of production to halt the spread of coronavirus.
By the National Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 17 March 2020
The essential principle that must guide the response to the crisis is that the needs of working people must take absolute and unconditional priority over all considerations of corporate profit and private wealth.
By Bryan Dyne, 17 March 2020
President Trump admitted Monday that the coronavirus pandemic may not be contained in the US until at least July.
Temporary work stoppage at Fiat Chrysler’s Warren Truck plant as wildcat strikes spread in global auto industry
By Jerry White, 17 March 2020
Actions against continued production during the coronavirus pandemic have spread from Italy to Spain, Canada and now the United States.
By our reporters, 17 March 2020
Reporters for the World Socialist Web Site spoke to two medical doctors on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting Britain’s National Health Service and their concerns for the future.
By Jacob Crosse, 17 March 2020
Regulators in just six US states—Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois and Massachusetts—have ordered casinos shut down in a criminally belated attempt to halt the spread of COVID-19.
the Socialist Equality Party, 14 March 2020
At plants across North America, support for a mass walkout is growing. Workers must act now to save their lives and the lives of their families by forming rank-and-file committees.
“It’s like the workers are second rate citizens”
By Jerry White, 13 March 2020
The decision by Fiat Chrysler, which has been backed by the United Auto Workers union, is imperiling the lives of workers.
Massachusetts health care professionals warn of Covid-19 testing shortage and lack of worker protections
By Kate Randall, 13 March 2020
Doctors and nurses are frustrated over the lack of testing kits for the coronavirus as well the lack of protective equipment for health care workers in hospitals.
“There’s been no real discussion at all”
By Evan Blake, 11 March 2020
As a result of decades of defunding public education and the criminal negligence of the political establishment, US schools are wholly unprepared for the rapid spread of COVID-19.
By Benjamin Mateus, 10 March 2020
At a press conference yesterday, WHO Director General Tedros raised the concern that governments and authorities are “not taking the deaths of elderly and senior citizens as a serious issue.”
By Markus Salzmann, 10 March 2020
The massive spread of the coronavirus in Germany shows both the government’s indifference towards the dangers for the population and the precarious state of the country’s health care system, which has been systematically run down in recent years.
By Clara Weiss, 10 March 2020
The breakdown of the Polish health care system is a direct result of the restoration of capitalism and decades of social cuts in which all bourgeois parties have been complicit.
By Andre Damon and David North, 10 March 2020
The crisis produced by the coronavirus pandemic has delivered a powerful message: the capitalist system and the needs of society are fundamentally incompatible.
By Jessica Goldstein, 7 March 2020
A key factor in the dizzying growth of Tesla’s profits is management’s blatant disregard for workers’ safety and health.
By Mike Ingram, 5 March 2020
An Amazon employee, the first at the company’s Seattle headquarters, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Two of the company’s employees in Italy had contracted the virus and are in quarantine.
By Kate Randall, 3 March 2020
The risks facing health care workers are bound up with the lack of preparedness of US hospitals and other health care facilities, the underfunding of public health and the subordination of medical care to profit.
By Ben McGrath, 3 March 2020
Prime Minister Abe has been accused of inaction will the virus spreads in the hopes of minimizing the impact on the economy.
By Andre Damon, 3 March 2020
While only a pittance is available to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, which threatens to kill millions of people, unlimited funds are being made available to bail out the financial elite.
By Benjamin Mateus, 18 February 2020
Beijing has come under fire from the international community, as well as its citizens, for mishandling the early stages of the outbreak.
By Sakuna Jayawardana, 14 February 2020
The Nanda Denim workers are among the thousands who die or are maimed each year in the brutally exploitative global garment industry.
14 February 2020
By Margot Miller, 12 February 2020
The Health Foundation report confirms what most workers have long suspected—poor conditions at work make you ill.
By Jessica Goldstein, 23 December 2019
The findings of the Chemical Safety Hazard Investigation Board report demonstrate that AB Specialty Silicones is responsible for the deaths by willful negligence.
By Clara Weiss, 22 October 2019
Both the dam and the construction of the shelters for the workers on the Seiba river near the village Shchetikino were in flagrant violation of the law and basic safety measures.
21 October 2019
By Jessica Goldstein, 9 October 2019
The CDC investigation highlights the international character of the risk of silicosis, a deadly and incurable occupational lung disease, among stone fabrication workers.
By Brian Brown, 7 October 2019
While the meatpacking industry has historically been a dirty and dangerous occupation, taking workers lives and limbs, a dangerous job will become a lot worse with the Trump administration pushing further de-regulation.
By Jacob Crosse, 5 October 2019
Police and government officials are investigating the death Adrian Gomez, 26, husband and father of two, who was killed when he became trapped in machinery.
By Philip Guelpa, 5 October 2019
Dangerous, antiquated conditions at the East New York bus depot are only one symptom of the severely deteriorated condition of the city’s transit system.
By Gary Joad, 16 September 2019
During a nine-month period, 52 people were hospitalized and 16 individuals placed in intensive care units. Eighty percent of those contracting measles were children.
By Kathleen Martin, 14 September 2019
The fire department immediately shut down the Stone Warehouse shop after the accident for multiple safety violations.
By Benjamin Mateus, 9 September 2019
The FDA has issued a public warning of a rapidly developing epidemic of severe lung illnesses associated with “vaping,” with 450 cases confirmed spanning 33 states.
By Leslie Murtagh, 26 August 2019
Two utility workers conducting maintenance on a transmission power line in New York’s Hudson Valley region died this week when they came into contact with a wire that wasn’t supposed to be carrying electricity.
By George Kirby, 2 August 2019
The oil industry has proven itself oblivious to the occasional slap on the wrist from federal regulators, continuing to flout health and safety rules in the chase for production and profits.
By Patrick Davies, 30 July 2019
The tragedies are a result of the gutting of full-time jobs and the erosion of working conditions, enforced by the trade unions.
2 July 2019
By Rafael Azul and Kimie Saito, 28 June 2019
“Patients are not numbers! Maximum patients + minimum nurses = maximum profits. And the costs are passed on to the consumers and us.”
By Matt Rigel, 28 June 2019
The Minnesota Nurses Association is working to sell out nurses in Minneapolis-St. Paul metro region by negotiating contracts at some hospitals while others remain unsettled.
By John Ashbrook, 28 June 2019
The Trump administration is backing a tri-state effort to build a huge fossil fuel processing facility that threatens public health and the environment.
By Samuel Davidson, 25 June 2019
The massive explosion and fire at a Philadelphia oil refinery are the direct result of the criminal drive for profits at the expense of the safety of the workers and the collaboration of the USW with the company.
By Bryan Dyne, 21 June 2019
The airline captain’s statement to Congress exposed the negligence of Boeing and questioned the relationship between the company and regulatory agencies.
By John Ashbrook, 21 June 2019
Millions of people are potentially exposed to toxic coal ash, which can cause bone cancers, leukemia and nervous system and brain damage.
By Alex Johnson, 17 June 2019
Doctors are often hesitant to seek treatment, due to the stigma associated with mental health problems.
By Brian Brown and Tom Hall, 12 June 2019
Rashes, burning throats and eyes, and other symptoms have been reported by thousands of flight attendants following the introduction of new uniforms at several US airlines.
By Jessica Goldstein, 26 April 2019
Residents of Beach Park, Illinois were ordered to stay inside and 40 people were hospitalized after toxic anhydrous ammonia leaked into the air during a chemical spill.
“Why did Boeing make it like that? Pure negligence and greed. There is simply no other answer.”
By Bryan Dyne, 20 April 2019
Rytis Beresnevičius has closely followed the two recent Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes and the engineering, executive and regulatory decisions that led to these disasters.
By Rohantha De Silva, 6 April 2019
Hundreds of residents have been killed or injured in recent years by the regularly occurring fires in the city.
By Jessica Goldstein, 6 April 2019
Fleming’s death is the 392nd to occur at the mill, which has operated since 1902.
By Jacob Crosse, 22 March 2019
Residents of Deer Park and Galena Park, east of the Texas city, have been the most affected by the fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company.
By Jeff Lusanne, 2 February 2019
The wife of a worker who died at a Joliet, Illinois Amazon warehouse in 2017 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Amazon for the extreme delay of medical treatment that led to his death.
By Jessica Goldstein, 31 August 2018
What the official investigations will not expose is that the deaths of Bell and Zavala have a deeper cause: the profit interests of JW Marriott, DCS, and PCL.
9 August 2018
By Mark Witkowski, 20 July 2018
The death of Angel Espinosa is the latest in a growing number of workplace fatalities in the state with fatalities steadily increasing over the last two decades.
By Jessica Goldstein, 16 July 2018
The Kentucky state OSHA office report found that Ivan Bridgewater "suffered crushed injuries to include rib fractures and hemorrhaging which killed him.”
By Jessica Goldstein, 12 July 2018
Juan Alberto Ojeda, 33, was killed at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida in an accident with a Toro utility cart.
By Jessica Goldstein, 8 June 2018
Kyle Hancock was killed Tuesday after being crushed by dirt and debris that had collapsed on top of him while working on a backed-up sewage line in Northeast Baltimore’s Clifton Park.
By Trévon Austin, 28 April 2018
The two explosions released tons of toxic material into the air, posing serious health risks.
By Jessica Goldstein, 23 February 2018
A study conducted by Norwegian scientists confirms earlier findings that common cleaning agents have a detrimental impact on workers’ lung health.
By Jerry White, 27 December 2017
December 27 would have been the 22nd birthday of Jacoby Marquis Hennings, who tragically died at Ford’s Woodhaven Stamping Plant on October 20.
“If finding out what happened could save another life at least something good would come from our son’s death”
By Jerry White, 23 December 2017
Two weeks after the death of 41-year-old electrician Ivan Bridgewater, company, union and government officials have not explained how the fatal accident occurred.
By Jerry White, 20 December 2017
The rise in occupational deaths during Obama’s last years in office lifts the lid on record corporate profits and America’s so-called “economic recovery.”
By Shannon Jones, 19 December 2017
As is typical, the media has dealt with this tragedy in a perfunctory manner, seeking to conceal the social implications of the industrial carnage taking place in the United States.
By Trévon Austin, 6 December 2017
The worker’s death highlights deteriorating safety standards in the oil industry, which have only worsened due to the collaboration of the United Steelworkers union.
By Jessica Goldstein, 9 March 2017
A steelworker was killed following the reopening of the US Steel mill in Granite City, Illinois, the third death at the mill since its purchase from National Steel in 2003.
By Tom Hall, 26 November 2016
The fire at ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge refinery, the fourth largest in the country, flows from the betrayal of the 2015 refinery strike by the United Steel Workers union.
By David Brown and Julio Patron, 16 May 2016
Plans to hold the Olympics in the middle of Brazil’s Zika epidemic threaten to greatly increase the global reach of the virus.
By Shannon Jones, 18 September 2014
Although it was in possession of reports linking an ignition defect in GM cars to fatal crashes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration took no action.
By Zac Corrigan, 6 June 2014
Thirty-one-year-old Andrew Beckman was crushed by over 3,000 pounds of steel rods at a Saginaw steel plant.
By Tom Eley and Barry Grey, 26 August 2010
This week’s massive recalls of contaminated eggs and lunch meats have lifted the veil on the source of the US food supply in brutal and unsanitary sweatshops.
By Tom Eley and Dwight Stoll, 22 July 2010
Experts warn of a long-term public health crisis on the US Gulf Coast as a result of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
By Hiram Lee, 5 June 2010
BP cleanup workers spending long hours on waters contaminated by oil and chemical dispersants have begun reporting health problems including headaches, nosebleeds, chest pains and dizziness.
By Jerry White, 12 January 2010
The return of high levels of black lung disease is, above all, a testament to the treacherous role of the United Mine Workers of America.
By Alan Whyte, 19 August 2009
A track repairman, Michael Nash, was struck by a Washington, D.C., Metro train and killed on August 9—the latest in a series of accidents involving the public transportation system of the nation’s capital.
By Jack Cody, 11 July 2009
Work place fatalities are rising as businesses hire inexperienced temporary workers and sidestep safety regulations, trying to cut costs and weather the economic crisis.
By Hiram Lee, 11 June 2009
An explosion at the ConAgra Foods plant in Garner, North Carolina has left three workers dead and several more injured.
By David Fisher, 21 April 2009
On April 1 an AS332L2 Super Puma helicopter carrying personnel from BP’s Miller platform crashed into the North Sea with the loss of two crew and 14 passengers.