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Unformatted text preview: ultry plant killed twenty-five workers
in 1991. The plant had never been inspected by OSHA, its emergency exits had been chained shut, and the bodies of workers were found in
piles near the locked doors. Congressman Joel Hefley, a Colorado Republican whose district includes Colorado Springs, has introduced a bill
that makes Ballenger’s seem moderate. Hefley’s “OSHA Reform Act” would essentially repeal the Occupational Safety and Health Act of
1970. It would forbid OSHA from conducting any workplace inspections or imposing any fines. kenny
DURING MY TRIPS TO m eatpacking towns in the High Plains I met dozens of workers who’d been injured. Each of their stories was different, yet somehow familiar, linked by common elements — the same struggle to receive proper medical care, the same fear of speaking out, the same
underlying corporate indifference. We are human beings, more than one person told me, but they treat us like animals. The workers I met
wanted their stories to be told. They wanted people to know about wh...
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- Spring '08