April 28 is Worker Memorial Day, honoring the workers killed and maimed in American workplaces. It is observed by the federal government and civilized state and local governments.
An OSHA Establishment Search records reveal a fine of $29,004 to Silverleaf contractor J.B. COXWELL for a workplace death that violated OSHA construction industry standards.
At 8:30 a.m. on July 21, 2022, an employee was driving a bulldozer, when he was ejected from the cab over a steep drop. The employee was killed and suffered a crushed skull, brain injury, chest trauma, crushed pelvis, amputated leg, and dislocated limbs.
Later that night, Silverleaf's devious developer, State Senator TRAVIS JAMES HUTSON, was allegedly observed partying heartily at Casa Monica, seemingly unmoved by a preventable workplace death.
But in fast-growing St. Johns County where a worker was killed in developer-Senator TRAVIS JAMES HUTSON's Silverleaf construction site, developer-Senator HUTSON's cat's paw, then County Commission Chairman JEREMIAH RAY BLOCKER, unilaterally used his Philistine's veto to halt a proclamation for Worker Memorial Day, as wells as proclamations for LGBQT Pride and School Choice. Feckless fellow Commissioners let him get away with it, fearing adverse reactions from fascists, knowing that without a Democrat on Commission, there's no downside to being afraid, very afraid.
We, the People, defeated bumptious bigoted blockhead bully BLOCKER, expecting change.
But our St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners is still all Republican.
It is still unencumbered by any dedicated legislative staff. Everyone you see on GTV works for County Administrator, Dull Republican Lord of All He Surveys, thrice duked into the job without considering any other candidates, without a background investigation of federal court bribery allegations.
It still lacks a working committee system, an Ombudsman, or an independent Inspector General.
Its tiresome tedious worship of wealthy Dull Republicans affords developer hucksters unlimited time to drone on in favor of clearcutting projects, while not swearing in witnesses under oath.
All County Commission employees are under the suzerainty of an unctuous, unqualified political appointee, HUNTER SINCLAIR CONRAD. Employees who do their jobs "too well" are subjected to the Capital Punishment of the Workplace. Exhibit A: August 2022 forced resignation of Cultural Resources Coordinator Trey Alexander Asner, still not addressed or remedied by the ineffectual BoCC.
Our St. Johns County Executive Branch has some 1200 employees.
Our legislative branch, our Commission, have no staff reporting to them.
Our St. Johns County Commissioners once had dedicated legislative staff reporting to them, but it was eliminated during the twelve-year reign of error of County Administrator MICHAEL DAVID WANCHICK.
We have three branches of government -- executive, legislative and judicial. The County Commission is truly the sapless branch. FYI: I've filed to run for County Commission in 2024.
Pray for these people, 40% of who (SJC BoCC Chairman CHRISTIAN WHITEHURST and Vice Chair SARAH ARNOLD, center), never matriculated (and it shows).
Here's more on Worker Memorial Day from our National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: