The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Chicago:
Whose Side Is OSHA On?

Oct 2, 2017

In the past five years, 15 workers have sustained amputations, and one worker’s hand was crushed at a factory in Chicago.

This factory, called Bway, employs about 500 workers who make metal paint and food cans. It is in the Little Village neighborhood, which has many undocumented immigrants – in other words, desperate workers who might have to take jobs this dangerous.

OSHA is the government agency supposedly concerned with worker health and safety. It inspected the Bway factory 32 times in the last five years and cited it with five violations. After the last report, it finally gave them a $500,000 fine – a tiny slap on the wrist – and let it keep operating.

Workers’ safety? No, OSHA is ready to maintain the flow of profits to the corporations – and let workers’ safety be damned. That’s OSHA’s motto.