I'll bet you never heard of Lawrence Daquan “Day” Davis. Why would you? After all he was just some twenty one year old African American guy who is now dead. No big deal, right!
Yes, big deal. Judaism has a good saying, something to the effect, then when the death of one person is equal to the death of an entire universe. Something like that.
Day should be alive and enjoying his young life, but capitalism killed him. One big corporation with no incentive to train a young, new employe, with no incentive to care if he lived or he died, DIDN'T, and he did.
Day Davis was one of those temporary workers, what some of us call a precarious worker. Day was according to Workers Comp Insider:
... just a few months over the legal drinking age in Florida when he began working at the Bacardi Rum bottling plant in Jacksonville. Sadly, he had a very short career. It began on August 16, 2012 and ended shortly before 5 pm on the same day after he was crushed and killed by a palletizer machine. Davis was an employee of Remedy Intelligent Staffing, a temporary staffing agency that was contracted by Bacardi Bottling.
Young, precarious workers are all the rage in the world of Empire. No one has to provide them much in the way of benefits, wages, stability. Just use em, and cast em aside. Works well for Capital. Last August, Bacardi Bottling Corporation, cast Day Davis aside.
It was just before 5 PM when Jacksonville, Florida police arrived at the Bacardi plant and found the lifeless body of Davis inside a piece of equipment. At the time, Sgt. Jay Farhat with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said, "All we know is he was working underneath a piece of heavy equipment and was crushed."
That's all they knew.
Meanwhile, Patricia M. Neal speaking on behalf of Bacardi said:
"Bacardi prides itself as having safety as its number one priority. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and we're offering on-site counseling and support for our employees."
That was a lie and later investigations have proved it.
First Coast News reported yesterday,
Bacardi Bottling Corp. was cited Monday with 12 safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after the August death of a temporary worker on his first day on the job at its Jacksonville facility.
Safety in Bacardi's number one priority. Yeah, right.
The safety of workers is absolutely not the number anything priority of Capital. The creation and accumulation of more capital is the number one priority of Capital.
I'll just bet you Sgt. Farhat has not returned to the scene and has not arrested anyone. After all if you started arresting every capitalist responsible for the death of this or that worker, well, then there just wouldn't be hardly any capitalists left.
The following is from EHS Today.