Two members from the National Conference of Firemen and Oilers (NCFO – SEIU) Chapter 320 died from an on-the-job explosion. Steven Nichols, 59, an NCFO member since 1991, died from the explosion immediately. Jorge “Louie” Medina, 57, a member since 1997, died during the night from third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body.
In a statement from John Thacker NCFO President, he said, “The union is reaching out to support the families of our two fallen brothers in the wake of this terrible tragedy, and we hope you all will keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
“…this plant—that utilizes and produces dangerous chemicals—was inspected three times in the last decade. Inspections of this kind of facility ought to be much more frequent.”
“It is infuriating that the Republican leadership in Congress wants to slash OSHA funding by 20 percent or more. The safety and health of American workers has to be the number one priority, especially in our factories and other higher-risk places of work.”
TCU President Bob Scardelletti said, “Our hearts go out to our fallen union brothers and their families. Safety regulations are essential in the workplace. With the Republicans slashing OSHA Budgets and other budgets of safety regulatory agencies in our government, I fear that the future of our members safety in their own workplace is in serious jeopardy.”
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