The Death Of A Temp Worker

Mar 26, 2013

Carlos Centeno, a Chicago-area temporary worker who died after a workplace accident, and his partner, Velia Carbot.
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A man is burned by boiling water and citric acid at work. No one rinses him off or calls 911. Instead, his boss sends him to a small clinic and they finally send him to the hospital. He arrives 98 minutes later. WBEZ's Chip Mitchell and Jim Morris of the Center for Public Integrity investigate this case, which exposes weak U.S. safety protections for temporary workers.

Hear this report on The Story's website. Also in this show: Guest host Sean Cole speaks with novelist T. Geronimo Johnson about his sprawling debut “Hold It ’Til It Hurts;” and the story of a poet who changed Santiago, Chile, through poems.