Worker Urged To Warn New Hires About Boss's 'Disabling' Job

A factory worker wondering whether they should scare off potential employees before the job "disables" them is being cheered online.

In a post to Reddit's r/antiwork forum on August 12, user u/turtleybob explained their employer is struggling with high turnover. Of the 10 new workers hired in the last three months, only one stuck around for more than two weeks.

"Almost every employee who decided to accept the job had to quit after a few years because they developed chronic back or arm pain and other issues," they wrote.

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A stock photo of a young male factory worker rubbing his back due to pain. Reddit users urged a user to warn future hires before they get hurt. coffeekai/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Desperate, their employers are now targeting high school students to fill the gap because "they're younger and they should be able to work here for a while before it disables them."

"I feel like telling everybody who comes in for an interview to turn tail and run if they value not being in constant pain," they said.

"'Nobody wants to work hard anymore.' Maybe nobody wants to become disabled for s*** wages, no benefits, and having to put up with my piece of s*** of a boss all day."

According to the latest figures from the National Bureau of Labor Statistics, private industry employers reported 2.7 million non-fatal injuries and illnesses in 2020—that's 2.7 injuries for every 100 full-time workers.

This is a drop from the year before, with businesses reporting 2.1 million injuries in 2020 compared to 2.7 million in 2019. However, the rate of illnesses increased four-fold in 2020 due an increase in reported respiratory illnesses after the outbreak of COVID-19.

The industry with the highest number of fatalities in 2020 was transportation, trade and utilities, with 1,254 deaths. According to data, 706 deaths were attributed to transportation incidents, while 123 were exposed to harmful substances or environments.

Construction had the second most fatalities, with 1,008 deaths, with the highest percentage attributed to slips, trips and falls. Warehousing also had a high death rate, with 805 casualties in 2020, many of which were transportation-related.

Although some industries have a higher injury rate than others, accidents can happen anywhere. Earlier this year, a mechanic lost an arm at a postal distribution center in North Carolina, after getting his limb caught in a machine with the safety guard removed. In February, several police deputies were injured when a gas pump caught on fire during an arrest in Florida, while in April, a woman died after getting pulled into an industrial mixing machine in Selma, North Carolina.

Within 24 hours of posting, turtleybob's story had received over 21,000 upvotes and more than 900 comments, many from Redditors urging them to warn potential hires of the risks involved.

"You absolutely should tell new hires to run as fast as they can," said jdelmont209.

Coral_ agreed, writing: "If you were in high school and got a job that ended up leaving you disabled, and then you found out people knew already and just let the company ruin your body—how would you feel?"

CasualAlarmist recommend calling the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as soon as possible.

"OSHA.... Call OSHA today," they wrote. "This is not ok."

While lostshell commented: "These jobs are called meat grinders. They should be illegal. Even worse they target the young and recently graduated. They're too young to know better."

Newsweek has reached out to u/turtleybob for comment. We could not verify the details of the case.