Labor Leaders Remember 61 Iowa Workers Who Died on the Job

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Names read from a single sheet of paper, is never enough to capture the depth of lives cut short.

Dubuque Federation of Labor's Bruce Clark said, "So many who died were young people who we're just starting families. "

61 Iowa workers died while on the job in 2013, including Rick and Adam Schneider. The father and son both died in a grain bin accident in Waverly.

"It should not involve the anticipation that going to work, they might not come home at night, " said Clark.

Some labor leaders say an increase in OSHA inspections could dramatically drop the number of worker deaths each year.

Iowa Federation of Labor President Ken Sagar said, "At this point in time, it would take approximately 185 years to inspect all of our work-places. "

But more inspectors would come at a cost. More federal funding for the program. That's something Sagar and Clark believe should be a national priority.

"There are more inspectors watching out for wildlife than there is workers on the job, " said Clark.
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