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Temp Worker Scalded By Chemical Eruption, Management Does Nothing: Legislation In Works

Business  (tags: egregious OSHA violations, temporary workers, injuries, deaths, Carlos Centano, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), , callous dsregard for life )

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The 500-gallon chemical tank he was cleaning erupted, showering Centano with an 185-degree Fahrenheit citric acid solution. He was instantly scalded and the citric acid started to eat away at his skin, forming blisters. Management did not help or call 911

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Birgit W (160)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 12:47 pm
How much more evil can one get? The company probably did not contact an ambulance because they knew very well that they did not follow the law by providing this poor man with proper safety equipment. I deeply hope there is such a thing like karma!

Judy C (97)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 1:12 pm
Yes, Birgit. I agree that this is really evil. I can't believe how negligent some of these employers can be. I hope the legislation is successful to force employers to provide training, protective gear, and just human decency when injuries occur. This poor man's story is just beyond comprehension.

reft h (66)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 3:07 pm
Unfortunately I am not surprised an employer treated someone like this. Though there are a few good employers out there, most of them are quite heartless. I say this after over 30 years in the workforce. Doesn't matter if it is blue collar or white collar. The spirit of the golden rule doesn't seem to apply to employers. It all leads to a much more harsh world than it needs to be.

Joyce Schwartz (0)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 3:07 pm
they should have the stuff splashed on them and see how it felt on that man and they should be punished to the letter of the law and pay his family money for their grouse act

Paulett Simunich (0)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 3:10 pm
Very smugly,,,Management thought,,,,"He is lucky,WE GAVE HIM A JOB'. All that was given was a death sentence....How horrible evil some people have become.......BOYCOTT !!!!!!! Thanks to Mr Reese for his very detailed report!!!

Madhu Pillai (22)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 3:37 pm
Sue these companies, these corporations litererally get away with murder !

Gloria H (88)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 4:46 pm
don't buy their products. They don't care about employees, they sure wouldn't care about consumers.
Temp places do basic how to lift, carry, etc safety videos, but the specific safety procedures should be covered by the contracting companies. After all...time is $$ and one would imagine they show workers "how to cut corners", they sure as heck should also be looking at safety.
RIP Mr. Centano you are finally out of pain. Condolences to the family.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 7:20 pm
I am stunned at the utter lack of compassion or willingness to help a seriously injured worker that this company has displayed. I am furious that this man died and was then blamed for his own death. This company needs to be shut down and criminal charges need to be brought against every damn person there who did nothing to help this man. It is time companies like this are made an example of. If they did, perhaps other corporations might stop and think before being so quick to lay the blame for their poor work ethics, lack of protection for workers as well as the lack of training. Accountability is severely lacking in this country and innocent workers should not have to pay with their lives because corporations are more interested in profits than people. I am so angry right now I could..........Thanks Judy. RIP Mr, Centano and I hope his family finds peace and comfort. I also hope they are able to sue and win.

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 9:57 pm
What incredible neglect. How horrid.

Hartson Doak (39)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 11:29 pm
June t. which Golden rule? The one which states " do unto others" or the Golden rule that states "those with the gold make the rules"?

Greg K (1)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 7:00 am
'CALLOUS DISREGARD OF LIFE' is the new motto of American Patriotic Business Men (and the few women who are just as ruthless and cruel). Even though we have wiped out almost all the unions, crushed objective reporting, ignored veterans and others disabled mentally and physically by their work, allowed toxic mining and dumping almost anywhere we still had to give up millions of jobs because business is over-regulated and just can't make it unless we eliminate child labor laws, workers compensation, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the minimum wage. Of course, we need to pay top executives more to get the good management that can adapt to the fast changing business world. We also need to pay them bonuses when the smartest executives bankrupt the economy. It is a damn good thing the banks and their executives can take care of the taxpayers money and borrow on their credit to bring us prosperity here in the greatest country in the world!

Ro H (0)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 10:34 am

Judith Hand (55)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 3:08 pm
Noted. I'd love to leave a glib, intelligent comment, but I am absolutely horrified!

Judy C (97)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 9:35 pm
I have a hard time imagining how the supervisors did not try to help this man. Then this employer went on with their negligence after Centano died. This corporation and others can kill people and get off with a fine.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Monday April 1, 2013, 4:06 pm
Appalling. The behaviour of the supervisors was appalling. The firm are selfish and soulless. Shame on them and those who stood by and did nothing to help this man.
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