20 Year Old Worker Dies at Fracking Site

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Fracking photo by Flickr user rcboddenA young worker was killed on Friday morning on a fracking site in Greene County. The Associated Press reports that the coroner is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death, but rumors are that the man may have been electrocuted by a malfunctioning piece of equipment.

Fracking – completely safe for everyone. I wonder if they’ll create a new coloring book to explain this one away.

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4 Responses to 20 Year Old Worker Dies at Fracking Site

  1. Julieann Wozniak says:

    Well, you know, everyone treats Greene County like we're a third-world country. But seriosuly, when you make people engage in 12-hour shifts with any sleep, and they're using meth to stay awake, people will die. Of course, in an industry where profit is god, workers are a dime a dozen. Literally. I'm a miner's daughter. I know this.

    • Greg says:

      Spot-on, unfortunately. We treat this workers very poorly and accidents are bound to happen. I do hope OSHA does a full investigation of the circumstances surrounding this young man's death.

      Also, this is one of the most important functions of unions – labor-represented work sites are almost universally safer than non-union sites.

  2. NotTheSameGreg says:

    Thanks to their strong Symbiotic-Parasitic relationship, the GOP and Corporate Captains of Industry are crushing the workers in ways that we haven't seen since the pre-Teddy Roosevelt days. I DO NOT advocate a Communist system of government, but I believe the ONLY alternative we have is to unite again under the IWW banner (Industrial Workers of the World), and form one big collective bargaining unit to stand up for workers' rights and stand against the greedy oppressors. I personally have no connection with the IWW or any member of the IWW. But I know they are starting to make inroads in a number of industries. Unlike 100 years ago, we now have the communication technology to call a worldwide general strike, and worldwide product boycotts, and a number of other tactics to force the greedy oppressors to treat the world's workers fairly. How fast can we make this happen?

  3. Lew Bryson says:

    Anything on rates of violent crime in fracking areas? I heard some stories from some folks from Williamsport I met on a flight that were shocking; they'd been assaulted in their home by a well worker out of his gourd on meth.