Trials: Working Them to Death

Working Them to Death

"All of the defendants are going to pay for it harshly," said Illinois Judge Ronald J.P. Banks last week as he sentenced three officials of the now defunct Film Recovery Systems Inc. of Elk Grove Village, Ill., to 25-year prison terms. Banks had earlier ruled that the managers were guilty of murdering Employee Stefan Golab, who died in 1983 after inhaling poisonous cyanide fumes inside the plant. During the trial, F.R.S. workers testified that their employers had not warned them of cyanide's dangers. In fact, they said, at management's behest some skull-andcrossbones warning symbols had been scraped off cyanide drums. Defense...

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