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At a Texas Foundry, an Indifference to Life [Dangerous Business - Part One]

Author: David Barstow and Lowell Bergman, New York Times, Published on: 8 January 2003

McWane Inc…is one of the world's largest manufacturers of cast-iron sewer and water pipe. It is also one of the most dangerous employers in America, according to a nine-month examination by The New York Times, the PBS television program ''Frontline'' and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Since 1995, at least 4,600 injuries have been recorded in McWane foundries, many hundreds of them serious ones, company documents show. Nine workers…have been killed…[I]n a series of written responses, the company's president, G. Ruffner Page, acknowledged ''serious mistakes''…''Our intensified focus on safety speaks to lessons learned,'' he wrote.

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