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Deadly Auto Jobs: Safety First, Profit Later?

Deadly Auto Jobs: Safety First, Profit Later?
Tim Hester | Dreamstime.com

By Wednesday, 29 March 2017 02:17 PM Current | Bio | Archive

It seems automotive jobs in the southern United States can kill you.

OK, that first sentence is a bit sensationalistic but what is really going on in Alabama, aka the New Detroit? Is Bloomberg being an alarmist or are there really more work related accidents at the automotive-related factories in the South?

The story says workers are underpaid and undertrained and that OSHA has recorded numerous terrible accidents like falling into a vat of acid a la the Joker in Batman and being impaled by a robot. Yikes!

So this makes me wonder: Are union protected workers in the northern states safer than their southern counterparts? Or are there a similar number of accidents per capita between the two groups? I'd like to see some empirical data drawing a comparison.

I almost want to say Bloomberg, with its left-leaning tendencies, is trying to vilify southern factory owners for resisting union membership.

Now don't get me wrong; I'm all for safe working conditions. I think it's a fundamental right for every employee in the world to be able to keep all their limbs and not die.

However, I'm curious about how many factory accidents occur due to lack of common sense, and I mean this on both the employees and employers parts. Why isn't there a railing to prevent someone from falling into a vat of acid? Why would a janitor agree to run a machine he's never operated? Come on people, if we want to be competitive and produce things in America, we have to be smarter than the competition.

I know the Left is going to say southern workers need union protection and I say this is nonsense.

If OSHA did its job, or better yet, if factory owners did theirs, we wouldn't need unions.

And factory workers don't need an antiquated organization like a union to speak on their behalf. They can ask questions like "How does this work?" before meddling with something they don't know anything about.

Perhaps I'm taking a hard line here but this is about safety and life and death in some cases.

Shouldn't common sense prevail?

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