While headlines scream about consumer safety, as they did over the tire recall following the deaths of some 123 drivers in car accidents, Lisa Cullen reveals scant attention is paid to a far bigger problem. In gripping narratives bristling with horrifying statistics, Cullen reveals:
165 Americans die from occupational disease while 18 more die from work related injuries—every day!
On that same day, more than 36,400 non-fatal injuries and 3,200 work-related illnesses will occur in America’s workplaces.
Each year, the workplace extends into nearby communities to claim the lives of 218 bystanders and injure another 68,000.
7.1 percent of workers are injured or made ill on the job. Every year.
The cost of this carnage and disease tops $155.5 billion annually; five times the cost of AIDS, three times the costs for Alzheimer’s, and nearly as much as cancer.
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Lisa Cullen is a mother of two. She lives in Harrisburg, PAFrom the Author:
In 1996, Ms. Cullen heard the then-current head of OSHA speaking at a safety conference held in Washington, DC. He said, "As you walk along the Washington Mall, you won’t see any monument to the hundreds of millions of Americans who have worked to make ours the most prosperous society in history. Nor will you see any memorial to Americans who have died due to workplace injuries and illnesses--an annual number nearly equal to the toll for the entire Vietnam War." This dramatic and memorable explanation of the human toll alongside the otherwise overwhelming statistics impacted her even though she had heard the numbers many times before. A few years later, as a consultant, she sat at a meeting in Washington where industry leaders were discussing how to argue against a particular chemical regulation because the estimated number of worker deaths varied from an earlier regulation. The flippant discussion, void of respect for the loss of life, outraged her. In large part, these two events motivated her to write A Job to Die For, to weave together the personal stories from workers with the politics, laws and science of occupational health and safety. She hopes that her book will educate and move the public into an honest discussion of the issues so that positive change can come about.
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