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Old 09 Mar 2007, 04:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This column has been printed from The Cincinnati Beacon: Where Divergent Views Collide!
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Cintas Worker Dies in Gruesome Industrial Tragedy
Wednesday, March 07, 2007

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Second Severe Incident in a Two Week Period at Company

A worker died at a Cintas industrial laundry plant in Tusla, Oklahoma, Tuesday morning in a ghastly workplace tragedy. UNITE HERE and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters are calling on the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to launch a full investigation into the incident, including the potential criminal prosecution if OSHA determines Cintas willfully violated applicable standards.

According to press reports, Eleazar Torres-Gomez was pronounced dead on the scene after apparently being dragged by a conveyor into an industrial dryer. Torres-Gomez was trapped in the dryer—which can reportedly reach temperatures of 300 degrees—for at least 20 minutes.

This gruesome incident is the second serious injury at a Cintas facility in recent weeks. A Yakima, Washington, worker’s arm was shattered and had to be sawed out of a washing machine late last month.

In 2005, Alex Ramirez, a Cintas employee who suffered serious work related injuries, stated on the Uniform Justice website that “Cintas talks a lot about safety, but in reality they don’t do anything about it. They don’t even properly train us on how to protect ourselves from accidents. And when you get hurt on the job, they blame it on you.” In light of Tuesday’s tragedy, Mr. Ramirez’s quote is even more powerful today.

Since 2003, the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has given Cintas more than 170 violations for unsafe, illegal working conditions. Seventy of these were for violations that could have caused “death or serious physical harm,” and some were for “repeated” breaches. In 2005, federal safety inspectors cited Cintas in New York for violating machine guarding standards to protect workers from industrial conveyors. The National Council for Occupational Health and Safety (COSH) has recently included Cintas among the “Dirty Dozen” of America’s most dangerous employers.

Workers have repeatedly brought health and safety concerns to the company’s attention over the past few years. A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge recently found that Cintas’s management coerced a worker for signing a petition advocating safer conditions. The NLRB’s General Council found merit in a charge for the retaliatory discharge of a health and safety and union activist. The company settled that charge rather than face trial.

“Eleazar Torres-Gomez’s death should be a wake up call to Cintas. This company has disregarded basic health and safety standards for too long and workers have paid the price. For every horrific incident like this one, there are many workers suffering from debilitating workplace injuries,” says UNITE HERE and International Brotherhood of Teamsters Health and Safety Directors Eric Frumin and LaMont Byrd in a joint statement.

Cintas workers have been standing up for safer jobs with the Uniform Justice campaign, a partnership between workers, UNITE HERE and the Teamsters, in order to win safer jobs, better pay and dignity at work.

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A Joint Statement from Health and Safety Directors of UNITE HERE and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters on the Death of Cintas Worker Eleazar Torres-Gomez

Our hearts go out to the family, friends and coworkers of Eleazar Torres-Gomez who suffered a terrible loss this Tuesday. Mr. Torres-Gomez died in a gruesome workplace incident at Cintas’s Tulsa, Oklahoma, facility. He was reportedly dragged into an industrial dryer by a conveyor belt.

Unfortunately, this is not the only serious incident at a Cintas plant in the past month. At a Cintas facility in Yakima, Washington, worker’s arm was severely injured after getting tangled in an industrial washing machine on February 21.

In 2005, federal safety inspectors cited Cintas in New York for violating machine guarding standards to protect workers from industrial conveyors.

These incidents alongside the more than 170 violations for unsafe, illegal working conditions—70 of them for conditions that could lead to “death or serious physical harm”—show a pattern of disregard for workers’ safety at Cintas. It is a pattern that must be broken.

Eleazar Torres-Gomez’s death should be a wake up call to Cintas. This company has disregarded basic health and safety standards for too long and workers have paid the price. For every horrific incident like this one, there are many workers suffering from debilitating workplace injuries.

We are calling on OSHA to conduct a full investigation of Mr. Torres-Gomez’s death and to punish any wrongdoing by Cintas to the fullest extent of the law. More importantly, Cintas must become a responsible employer. It should listen to workers’ health and safety concerns instead of punishing employees for raising them, as it has in the past. Workers’ lives are worth more than the money it costs to properly maintain equipment and provide adequate safety training.

Statement by:

Eric Frumin, Health and Safety Director of UNITE HERE
LaMont Byrd, Health and Safety Director of the International Brotherhood of the Teamsters


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We had "Safety Day" today because of this and it got us free lunch.

Oh and this part,

“Cintas talks a lot about safety, but in reality they don’t do anything about it."

is true. There's this one small washing machine (in comparison to the other washing machines) that leaks water and the washing chemicals all over the floor. It's been doing that since I started about four months ago. It leaks all over the floor in an area where I work for a good part of my shift. One guy said it's been like that for years. That isn't very safe But now all of a sudden, this guy dies (they didn't even mention the dismembered guy) and they want to get the washer fixed. Another guy said OSHA might be paying us a visit. I hope they bust us for some unsafe working conditions

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When I worked at WD an employee got her hand completely smashed in a press machine. They said her hand looked like a piece of bloody taffy...she had to get the remains of it cut off.
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I work in construction and alot of things get ignored. It doesn't bother me because its others and myself knowing what we're doing is wrong and unsafe. Its our choice really. I walk around the job site with no hard helmet on half all the time. If I forget my steel toe boots... oh well. We put latters in stupid postions. We stand up on pipes that are high off the ground. Don't tie ourselves off in high places. I know this might sound stupid to your desk job person or facorty worker, but we're still smart about it.

We just had a safety meeting last month. It was a complete joke. Everyone was just laughing at everything the whole time. But it was worth going for the beer, pizza, and wings we got afterwards.
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JESUS CHRIST STICK YOU HAVE TO GET OUT OF THERE!!!!

Seriously dude, I don't want to find out you had to get your arm lopped off out of a washing machine holy shit that's horrible.

You need to get into that thing we talked about

The worst accidents we have are people slicing their fingers up with xacto blades, which happens pretty frequently. I myself have a nice fat scar where I slash my fingertip wide open and squirted blood everywhere.

Course, it's not like I chopped my arm off
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Most injuries where I work are cuts/burns, etc.

However, at walmart here, a gun safe fell on a woman and crushed her. It was awful.
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Most injuries where I work are cuts/burns, etc.

However, at walmart here, a gun safe fell on a woman and crushed her. It was awful.
Your town is like the most dangerous in america. Lawn darts in peoples heads. Crushed by a gun case. There was something else too, but I can't remember now...
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Your town is like the most dangerous in america. Lawn darts in peoples heads. Crushed by a gun case. There was something else too, but I can't remember now...
pam rogers, and the preacher's wife who killed the preacher were both here, and the preacher's wife is still here.
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Your town is like the most dangerous in america. Lawn darts in peoples heads. Crushed by a gun case. There was something else too, but I can't remember now...
Pamela Rodgers is from her town too.

Not exactly a workplace hazard however, depending on how you look at it.
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Pamela Rodgers is from her town too.

Not exactly a workplace hazard however, depending on how you look at it.
she was a girl's gym teacher, a friend of mine was in her class. I know the kid who fucked her too. he bragged about it.
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she was a girl's gym teacher, a friend of mine was in her class. I know the kid who fucked her too. he bragged about it.
Holy shit, I could meed the kid who fucked up royally and blabbed about fucking the teacher.

I can't wait to tell him what a dumbass he is.
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Holy shit, I could meed the kid who fucked up royally and blabbed about fucking the teacher.

I can't wait to tell him what a dumbass he is.
pam's crazy. She's totally gone off the deep end. I saw her myspace before word got out and it was deleted, she said that she was seventeen and lived in paris. And no, not Paris, Tennessee. Shes obsessed with that kid. She's in jail for god knows how long for trying to contact him again while she was on probation last time.
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I work at Pier 1 and the worst I have gotten are scratches on my fingers and hands. I get a mass amount of attention everytime I hurt myself because I'm like the only guy that works there, the rest are girls and everytime I hurt myself, all the girls are all concerned for me and asking me if I'm ok and touching my back and shit..
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I work at Pier 1 and the worst I have gotten are scratches on my fingers and hands. I get a mass amount of attention everytime I hurt myself because I'm like the only guy that works there, the rest are girls and everytime I hurt myself, all the girls are all concerned for me and asking me if I'm ok and touching my back and shit..


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