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This job is killing me: Not a metaphor

Shaun Richman

You are more likely to be killed at work than in a terrorist attack or plane crash. On average, thirteen workers die on the job every day. Most of these deaths are completely preventable. And yet the complex web of state and federal agencies and insurance programs meant to protect worker’ssafety and incomes are persistently under-funded and under attack.

Two new books shed light on the dangers we face at workand the laws that are letting us down. Jonathan D. Karmel’sDying to Work: Death and Injury in the American Workplace(Cornel University Press) is a compelling call for action on a national health crisis that’s hiding in plain sight.