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  •  Thank you for this sad story, leftist vegetarian (16+ / 0-)

    patriot. As we've seen in the world around us and read here, your brother's situation is not unique. The risks are exacerbated in a "down" economy, where supervisors can prey on a worker's fear of job loss if they don't do as they're told... even at their own peril.

    What many consider "accidents" are in fact inevitable outcomes of choices to circumvent or ignor proper procedures. You are correct that

    workplace accidents ARE, very often, entirely preventable.

    Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

    by cassandracarolina on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 09:53:10 AM PST

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    •  Possibly not worse, but certainly more poignant (13+ / 0-)

      in my brother's case is that he was so physically gifted. He has been incredibly strong all his life, and very fast--a natural athlete, in fact. I remember how disgusted I was in college hearing from my mom who had heard from my brother's gym teacher that my high school freshman brother had bench pressed 220 pounds when his PE class was confined to the school weight room on a rainy day. Even when I was in the best shape I've ever been in, years older and at my full size, I've never lifted that much. What happened to him would have been just as wrong if it had happened to a bookish skinny guy like me, but at least if it had I wouldn't have felt as if my greatest natural gifts had been partially taken from me.

      My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
      --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

      by leftist vegetarian patriot on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 10:08:13 AM PST

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