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Deaths on the Job, Slaps on the Wrist [Dangerous Business - Part Three] [USA]

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10 January 2003

Deaths on the Job, Slaps on the Wrist [Dangerous Business - Part Three] [USA]

Author: David Barstow and Lowell Bergman, New York Times

McWane is one of the most enduring violators of worker-safety and environmental laws...McWane has persisted largely unchecked by taking full advantage of a regulatory system that has often proven itself incapable of thwarting flagrant and continual safety and environmental violations by major corporations… In a written statement, the company's president, G. Ruffner Page, said it was company policy to obey the law.

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9 January 2003

A Family's Fortune, a Legacy of Blood and Tears [Dangerous Business - Part Two] [USA]

Author: David Barstow and Lowell Bergman, New York Times

[The] examination...also found that McWane has an extensive record of environmental violations. McWane plants have been found in violation of pollution rules and emission limits at least 450 times since 1995, records show...[C]ompany president, G. Ruffner Page, said in written exchanges that McWane was committed to protecting the environment and the welfare of its workers. While acknowledging that ''our standards have not always been met,'' he emphasized that the company has taken action to improve its record.

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8 January 2003

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

Author: David Barstow and Lowell Bergman, New York Times

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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