Here’s why Jake won’t be home for Thanksgiving

    Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA) bus mechanic Jake Schwab won’t be home with his family for Thanksgiving this year. In 2014 Jake died when a bus safety air bag he was working on exploded in his face. Jake was working with the wrong tools on an unfamiliar bus from another agency in a garage. In fact, there was not even an investigation of his death because he was a public employee. Furthermore, there had been no safety training in Jake’s garage for over 9 years. Jake was like the thousands of sanitation workers, bus mechanics, prison workers and other dedicated Pennsylvania public employees who work hard each day to make Pennsylvania the great state it is. These workers deserve to be safe on the job and make it home to their family each night. Our state should fulfill the promise OSHA made more than 40 years ago to provide all workers safe and healthful workplaces. Tell state legislators to pass the Jake Schwab Worker Safety Bill (HB 1082), which would give Pennsylvania public employees the same safe workplace as provided to private employees.