December 25, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Boston, MA – About 70 people held a vigil outside the Massachusetts State House on the evening of Dec. 19 to remember workers who’d died on the job and call for tougher job-safety standards.
Organized by the Massachusetts Coalition For Occupational Safety and Health, the rally demanded that the state Legislature pass a bill that would give private-sector workers the same safety protections that public workers have—such as the city of Boston’s power to deny permits to companies with poor safety records. “This is what we have to have across the state,” Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman said. People in the crowd included the parents of Ronald “Moose” Morse, an ironworker killed in an elevator crash in Somerville in 2015, and of Colleen Ritzer, a teacher who was raped and murdered at the high school where she worked in Danvers in 2013. They also remembered Brian Caron, 43, who was poisoned by an ammonia leak at a seafood warehouse in South Boston last March, and David Scott, a 47-year-old diver from Texas who drowned Dec. 15 while inspecting a municipal water tank in the suburb of Braintree in freezing cold and gale-force winds. Read more