The Language of Fatal Incidents in the Media

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Tomorrow’s Safety News with Abby Ferri podcast episode was inspired by the life of Jorge Villafuerte III, a worker who died in an incident at the Line 3 pipeline project late last year. He leaves behind 9 children. The Line 3 project is always in the local news, so this incident has received more coverage than most workplace fatalities. This article from the Star Tribune is the most detailed I’ve seen, and includes a rundown of the contractor’s recent OSHA enforcement activity, which includes at least one other fatal incident.

I don’t have answers, but I know that our workers expect “new” and “more” from us safety professionals. We have so many lessons learned from 2020, and while 2021 is just number, it is an opportunity to begin focus on how we will APPLY the lessons we learned in 2020.

Listen to the new episode after 12am CST on Sunday 1/3/2021 so you can be ready for your week. You can find the podcast on any of the usual platforms like Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or stream direct at my show’s landing page: www.pod.co/safety-news

Be safe out there, communicate for understanding and action.

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