July 31, 2007 The Pump Handle 0Comment

Over at the Weekly Toll blog, Tammy says farewell to Carolyn Merritt, whose five-year term as chair of the Chemical Safety Board is coming to an end. She writes:

Carolyn is a strong, compassionate leader who has been in politics but hasn’t let it pilot her ethics. Carolyn has done a terrific job of letting the families be heard and putting the human factor back into the system. God knows I will miss her in her role and I pray she has the same success in her family life that she had during her duration at the CSB.

Also, don’t miss the most recent Weekly Toll – writeups of 109 deaths that occurred recently at U.S. workplaces. They include: 

* Stephen Anderson a 60-year-old Utah Department of Corrections officer from Bluffdale, Utah, was shot while in a medical exam room with an inmate.
* Eduardo Jimenez, 23, was doing landscaping work along a highway in Edison, New Jersey when he was struck by wheels lost from a tractor-trailer.
* Christine Coleman was shot by her estranged husband in the parking lot of the Linwood, Pennsylvania furniture store where she worked.

Read the full descriptions of these and other workplace deaths here. It’s an excellent reminder of how much work we still have to do on occupational health and safety.

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