November 28, 2006 The Pump Handle 2Comment

By David Michaels Meat factories continue to be among the most dangerous places to work in America. According to a devastating article in the Dallas Morning News, “thousands of illegal immigrants gravitate toward meatpacking plants in places like Cactus, Texas” where each year more than one out of every ten workers gets injured carving meat […]

November 27, 2006 The Pump Handle

by Dick Clapp The publication of my article on mortality among IBM workers was the culmination of a two and a half year process. I obtained the data, which included information on the deaths of nearly 32,000 former workers who had died between 1969 and 2001, when I served as an expert witness in a […]

November 20, 2006 Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH

by Celeste Monforton From the Ground Zero construction site to an expansion of the Los Angeles International Airport, the tide seems to be turning for cleaner diesel engines, particulate filters and low-sulfur fuels.  As Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporter Alex Frangos writes: “Instead of belching black smoke, the bucket loaders, cranes and other diesel-power behemoths” are […]

November 17, 2006 Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH 1Comment

by Celeste Monforton  Who was the most compelling speaker at last week’s 134th annual meeting of the American Public Health Association?  It wasn’t a scholarly epidemiologist warning about pandemic flu, or an emeritus professor presenting research on health disparities.  No, the superstar speaker was a petite grandmother, wearing a red “Hotel Workers Rising!” t-shirt.