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A Day's Work Documentary Coming to Montana Tech


The Big Sky Chapter of the American Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Montana Tech Safety, Health & Industrial Hygiene Department are sponsoring the documentary “A Day’s Work” to be shown on the Montana Tech campus on Friday, September 29 at 1:00 pm in the Montana Tech Library Auditorium. A live presentation by Executive Producer, Dave Desario, will follow the documentary.

Based on groundbreaking investigative reporting, A Day’s Work (documentary, 2015) reshaped perceptions of temp work and our safety on the job. The film screened at more than 100 public events across the country with unions, universities, government agencies, and community groups, raising the question to all working people, “What are we getting for a day’s work?”

The film that examines the landmark workplace death of 21-year-old Lawrence DaQuan “Day” Davis through the eyes of his family and the analysis of experts. Day was an employee of a temporary staffing agency working at the Bacardi bottling plant in Jacksonville Florida in 2012. He was killed 90 minutes into the first day of the job - the first job of his life.

The film introduces the prospective that the temporary staffing industry makes workplaces more dangerous, is used to hide the safety records of some of the biggest employers in the country, and makes the American Dream harder to reach for millions of working people. With thousands killed in preventable workplaces accidents every year in the US, the film provides a reminder of the cost of just one individual by vividly looking into the life and perspective of Day’s 17-year-old sister Antonia.

The documentary and presentation are open to campus and the entire community. For more information, please contact Lorri Birkenbuel at 496-4290 or lbirkenbuel@mtech.edu, Roger Jensen at 496-4111 or rjensen@mtech.edu, or Marilyn Cameron at 406-496-4463 or mcameron@mtech.edu.