These are never ‘tragic accidents’

Only criminal negligence, as an OSHA regulator once told me. He said theoretically, these kind of deaths could result from an accident, “but I’ve yet to see one where the management didn’t already have outstanding safety violations that warned of possible deaths.”

WEBBERVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a worker missing after a grain storage building wall collapsed at a Michigan agricultural services company’s facility has been found dead.

Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland says the contractor, whose name wasn’t immediately released, was found early Thursday following an all-night effort.

Spokeswoman Jackie Anderson says in a statement that safety “is a top priority at all of our facilities.” The cause of the collapse is under investigation.

One thought on “These are never ‘tragic accidents’

  1. Totally agree. I’ve worked a couple of decades for an organization that tracks workplace ‘accidents’ in detail. I’ve never seen a single report that didn’t cite some missed safety protocol. Also I noticed this guy was a ‘contractor.’ Code for non-union schmuck who wouldn’t be protected and couldn’t protect himself.

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