It isn't. Just yesterday, a worker was killed in a 50-foot fall from a bucket truck in Ogden, Pa. A construction worker died in northwest Iowa after he was pinned under a piece of equipment.
And those are just the two we know about.
Low pay and part-time work can be as deadly as a dangerous machine. A 32-year-old Newark woman who worked at three Dunkin' Donuts died of asphyxiation recently when she tried to take a nap in her car between shifts. And an estimated 50,000 people die every year from occupational illnesses.
Here's a rundown of worker deaths we've followed recently (and we now include them in our daily news roundup, Today's Teamster News.
- On Thursday, a 57-year-old autoworker was reported killed at a Georgia Kia plant in an 'industrial accident.
- Also reported on Thursday was a 55-year-old highway worker killed on a highway project in Tilden, Neb.
- On Wednesday, a 27-year-old man was reported killed after he was struck by large metal plates in a Tualatin, Ore., manufacturer.
- On Sunday, a St. Louis trucking company employee was reported dead after being struck by a box truck in the company parking lot.
- A 61-year-old man died last week in a south Georgia industrial accident while he was working on a hydraulic system at an agricultural business.
- Another Nebraska man died after a truck with gravel tipped over on him. The same day, also in Nebraska, a worker at Midwest Manufacturing was killed when a standing forklift backed into a shelving unit and pinned him.
- On October 1, Charlotte, N.C., firefighters reported a worker was killed at a recycling plant after being struck by a forklift. A Texas port worker was reported killed after metal collapsed on him at a Port of Brownsville recycling center. A farmworker was reported dead in an East Idaho potato harvest accident; he was working on a tarp covering a truckload of potatoes when another truck backed up and crushed him.
- On Sept. 30, a Philadelphia zoo worker was reported killed after being pinned under a golf cart.
Remember that one of tne of the most important things your union does is to fight for workplace protections.
And remember to stay safe out there!