Garrett Brown points out a wise old saying here , "if it sounds too good to be true it usually is".
The Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao raves workplace injuries and illnesses are at an all time low in 2005, OSHA claims a 19 percent reduction in injury and illness rates since 2001, and December 2006 The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that deaths tabulated by MSHA excluded “natural causes,” even if heart attacks and hospitalizations were the direct result of accidents.
The facts are Employers, OSHA, MSHA and Government omit many accounts. OSHA and MSHA have both refused to investigate a death at the Metiki Coal mine in Garrett County, WV. In November 2005 Chad Cook, 25, was killed driving a coal truck and although he was on the job it wasn't a death in the mine hence no MSHA investigation and it was a road incident on private property (the mines property) hence no OSHA investigation. No workers comp because that's not for a loss but a loss of wages and of course he had no spouse or children and no way to sue the employer. His parents Gay and Blaine Cook living Hyndman, PA have waited over a year for answers and will never really get them because the evidence was never taken. Now the media is involved and the account is finally being looked at here, I suppose their philosophy is better late than never or maybe it is better fix it with elections coming.
Then there was this oops miss count here. Garrett states , "There are powerful incentives for both government agencies and employers to downplay workplace injuries and illnesses. Declining injury rates can be highlighted as evidence of “success” of government efforts; at the same time, they can justify limited or no growth of government activity during a period of budget tightening."
Why have we allowed the Cook families of America to be hushed and why hasn't the Chads been giving a voice? It seems to me that one man down is one man down and any death while on the clock should be counted and investigated, but then again I didn't get the college education they did and maybe they know something I don't.