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Crimes Against Workers Database

Welcome to CPR's first- and only-of-its-kind Crimes Against Workers Database. Here you’ll find detailed information about state criminal cases and grassroots advocacy campaigns against employers responsible for crimes against workers – leaving them dead, maimed, seriously injured or sick, or robbing them of some or all of their paychecks. You'll also find links to Google Drive folders with source materials. Search using the tools below.

You can also help us grow the database. We plan to expand the database as we discover new cases and gather new information and materials. You can help us by notifying us of new incidents or additional information about incidents already in the database. To let us know about an incident, contact CPR Senior Policy Analyst Marcha Isabelle Chaudry.

Disclaimer: Before you begin your search below, please review the database terms and conditions.

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Chemical Exposure | Connecticut | September 27, 1985

PGP Industries

A security guard on duty at the facility died and four others were overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning after a hurricane knocked out power in the plant for 3 hours. Without power, the exhaust fans over the smelting furnaces did not force carbon monoxide generated from the furnaces out of the building. The work area […]

Trench Collapse | Texas | September 10, 1985

Sabine Consolidated

Two construction workers were killed when the 27 feet deep trench they were working in collapsed.

Caught in Machine | California | July 22, 1985

Reliance Steel

Andre was crushed in a recoil roller when his glove was caught while he was feeding cardboard into a slitting machine. Andre was operating the machine unattended on his first day of work with four hours of training, even though the manual specified 30 days of training for new employees. Indeed, Reliance's own insurance company […]

Trench Collapse | Texas | July 17, 1985

Peabody Southwest Inc.

An employee died in trench collapse. We have been unable to find additional details about this incident.

Chemical Exposure | Michigan | January 18, 1985

Jackson Enterprises

Hatherill, a cable television splicer, died of carbon monoxide exposure while working in a company owned truck (a Chevrolet Step Van). The truck's undercarriage and exhaust system was in poor condition and exhaust fumes leaked into the truck. An inspection of the truck by industrial hygeniest Rudolph Zoller following the incident revealed that carbon monoxide […]

Electrocution | California | January 1, 1985

Southern California Gas Co.

Employee electrocuted when he struck a city cable while digging a pipeline for a new apartment building.

Chemical Exposure | Michigan | November 15, 1983

General Dynamics Land Systems Inc.

Lee died when he was driving a tank inside the company’s prototype fabrication shop and was overcome with freon (trichlorotrifluoroethane) fumes from a cleaning solution, Gensolv-D, which was used to degrease the interior of the tanks. Approximately 15 gallons of Freon were used to degrease the particular tank that Lee had driven. Several gallons of […]

Fire/ Explosion | Wisconsin | March 23, 1983

Pyro Science

An employee plugged a fan into an electrical outlet, generating sparks which caused a fire and explosion that killed another plant employee, Dennis Whitt, and injured several other people. Cornellier had knowledge of substantial fire and explosion hazards at the plant, many of them in violation of OSHA requirements, and he failed to take any […]

Chemical Exposure | Illinois | February 10, 1983

Film Recovery Systems Inc.

Stephen Golab, an undocumented worker from Poland, died from cyanide exposure at the Film Recovery and Metallic Marketing facility in Elk Grove where he worked. Golab disconnected a pump on one of the tanks and began to stir the contents of the tank with a rake when he became dizzy and faint. Co-workers observed Golab […]