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(Toronto Star)   G.E.: We bring good things to life. Sort of   ( thestar.com) divider line
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2017-05-18 11:22:44 AM  
G.E.: We bring bad cancer to life.
 
2017-05-18 12:33:31 PM  
My eyes! The goggles do nothing!
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2017-05-18 05:38:42 PM  
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2017-05-18 08:53:23 PM  
GE: Edison had us cook a goddamn elephant because he wanted to piss off Tesla.
 
2017-05-18 09:00:40 PM  
They had the solution to this years ago!

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2017-05-18 09:06:22 PM  
NSCSB:
I work at a GE factory. The place is infested with cockroaches. You know the infestation is bad when you (1) learn there is such a thing as a "cockroach smell," and (2) become so familiar with it you can gauge the health of the colony week to week.
But GE is trying to cut costs,* and they were already sort of infamous for not paying vendors on time, so guess who isn't coming around to spray as often as originally planned?

*That always makes me laugh when a company announces they're doing that. What else are they going to say? "We are going to be very loose with our money this quarter..."
 
2017-05-18 09:06:37 PM  
C.E., We beat good things to death.
 
2017-05-18 09:06:47 PM  
Union Carbide - We kill entire towns in India.
 
2017-05-18 09:12:57 PM  
Yes, very well. But what is Igor doing now?
 
2017-05-18 09:16:15 PM  
I could be sympathetic to the claims that a business did not address safety concerns because they were unknown at the time if it weren't for the fact that they were known (asbestos) in-house if not to the general public.  (Exactly what happened at the asbestos mine in Libby, MT about 20-30 years ago).

I could also be sympathetic to the following argument:
"A 2002 GE-commissioned mortality study found male employees were up to 57 per cent more likely to die of lung cancer than the general population and female workers up to 129 per cent more likely.
But when the study controlled for "other factors" such as age and smoking in a followup study, there was "no statistically significant increase in cancer at the Peterborough facility," GE previously told the Star.
But it was done by GE so objectivity is highly suspect.

Companies need to conduct rigorous research before exposing employees to anything new or make sure that they protect them from any possible exposures until they are confirmed safe.  That may be highly expensive and reduce their competitive advantages but it is the only more course of action and will pay off in the long run.  (It is a BIG fault of the design of our current capitalist system that short-term profits are more important than long-term ones.)
 
2017-05-18 09:33:24 PM  
GE ain't got shiat on duPont.

Sickening. Literally physically sickening. The sad part is that the French duPont family who emigrated to the USA were actually decent folk. The company bearing their name today are literal farktoads.

fark you, duPont, you miserable pile of excrement. You killed your own employees. You killed people living in your towns. Lucifer breathes a sigh of relief for not being so vile.
 
2017-05-18 10:31:04 PM  
It's the Generic Electric electric chair. We bring good things to life....sometimes.


/think that's a Robin Williams quote
//heard it as a kid in the 80's
 
2017-05-18 10:46:39 PM  
Everybody was terrible at EHS (Environmental Health and Safety) prior to the 2000's. However, I've never worked for a company that invested more time and resources into EHS than GE in the last decade. Teams of EHS professionals, sophisticated tools like Gensuite, the internal audit/frameworks structure, endless training, and so on. Surprised to hear about the cockroach story above, because that's not the GE culture that I know - but I haven't worked there since 2013.

/former "GE Global EHS Compliance Assurance Manager" (auditor)
 
2017-05-18 11:25:39 PM  

rjakobi: GE: Edison had us cook a goddamn elephant because he wanted to piss off Tesla.


Edison had nothing to do with frying Topsy.  He wasn't involved in any way.  Topsy was already sentenced to death for killing 3 people and they originally wanted to hang him.
 
2017-05-18 11:51:06 PM  
Look at it this way: Imagine if GE didn't have to obey ANY workplace regulations or safety laws....if they could make their workers do anything at all...
 
2017-05-18 11:59:05 PM  
But I thought corporations were benevolent, they cared about their workers because that was their money.
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2017-05-19 12:02:26 AM  

Mr. Shabooboo: But I thought corporations were benevolent, they cared about their workers because that was their money.
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You mean water shouldn't be flammable?
 
2017-05-19 12:42:39 AM  
"GE has said protective measures were appropriate for the time and that health and safety of workers has always been 'No. 1 priority.' "

Until it cuts into their profits.

/Capitalism does not account for worker health and well being.
//one could argue capitalism discourages worker safety.
///One of my aunts died of ALS from DDT exposure at a GE lab.
 
2017-05-19 12:50:20 AM  
My uncle worked at that plant until he retired and ended up blind. Kinda makes me wonder.
 
2017-05-19 01:07:14 AM  

StatelyGreekAutomaton: My uncle worked at that plant until he retired and ended up blind. Kinda makes me wonder.


Wonder what? Who your grandma is?

/Express elevator
//All the way down
///Hi, Dante! What's up?
 
2017-05-19 01:19:23 AM  
Everybody just laughs at me. No wonder I couldn't keep those people safe from asbestos. You're all monsters.

/sad panda :(
 
2017-05-19 01:20:02 AM  
SAD PANDA!!!!
 
2017-05-19 01:21:32 AM  
And you wonder why I drink.
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2017-05-19 02:59:29 AM  
Yup. Back in '93-'94 I was working as a contractor at GE, compiling all their MSDS sheets into electronic form so they could be compiled and burned to CDs for easy portability, access, duplication, etc. The chemicals listed were as scary as you can imagine, and very poorly inventoried. They scrapped the project as unnecessary and too expensive. We were barely making above minimum wage.
 
2017-05-19 03:23:15 AM  
LG: Life's Gone.
 
2017-05-19 09:01:15 AM  
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2017-05-19 09:25:05 AM  

Mr. Shabooboo: But I thought corporations were benevolent, they cared about their workers because that was their money.
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That's absolutely impossible--the hole in the ground known as Love Canal wasn't even dug until 1893, and Hooker Chemicals didn't start using it for chemical waste until 1942. Hooker Chemicals itself only came into existence in 1903.

It's a terrible thing, but at least get your facts and timelines right.
 
2017-05-19 09:58:32 AM  
I worked for a company called SafetyKleen, a hazardous materials cleanup and disposal company. We spent a month decontaminating and washing down the GE plant in Houston. They made power transformers there and had high levels of Polychlorinated biphenyls. (PCBs have been used as coolants and lubricants in transformers, capacitors, and other electrical equipment because they don't burn easily and are good insulators. The manufacture of PCBs was stopped in the U.S. in 1977 because of evidence they build up in the environment and can cause harmful health effects.) The plant in Houston didn't shut down until 2014, only to be relocated to Canada.
 
2017-05-19 01:57:25 PM  
steklo:   (pic of guitar guy)
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Who is that ?
 
2017-05-20 12:58:59 AM  

Gyrfalcon: Mr. Shabooboo: But I thought corporations were benevolent, they cared about their workers because that was their money.
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That's absolutely impossible--the hole in the ground known as Love Canal wasn't even dug until 1893, and Hooker Chemicals didn't start using it for chemical waste until 1942. Hooker Chemicals itself only came into existence in 1903.

It's a terrible thing, but at least get your facts and timelines right.


I didn't write the damn slide..I picked it because it looked generally accurate..The point stands,
Hooker Chemical, among others, dumped a bunch of chemicals into a pit, gave the land to a school
district with the caveat that they were off the hook for it. Thus poisoning the families in their own city.
 
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