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Unformatted text preview: overcome by hydrogen sulfide fumes. Two coworkers climbed into the tank and tried to rescue him. All
three men died. Eight years earlier, Henry Wolf had been overcome by hydrogen sulfide fumes while cleaning the very same tank; Gary
Sanders had tried to rescue him; both men died; and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) later fined National Beef for
its negligence. The fine was $480 for each man’s death. don’t get caught
DURING THE SAME YEARS w hen the working conditions at America’s meatpacking plants became more dangerous — when line speeds increased and illegal immigrants replaced skilled workers — the federal government greatly reduced the enforcement of health and safety laws. OSHA
had long been despised by the nation’s manufacturers, who considered the agency a source of meddlesome regulations and unnecessary red
tape. When Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980, OSHA was already underfunded and understaffed: its 1,300 inspectors were
responsible for the safety of more than 5 million workplaces across the country...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
- Spring '08