We wouldn’t dare attempt to put a dollar figure on the value of a person’s life, but we’re pretty sure it isn’t $13,300. Yet that was the average fine levied in Massachusetts against workplaces where safety violations resulted in death, according to a report released Wednesday.
There are proactive steps states can take to address occupational safety hazards and ensure people do not have to sacrifice their personal safety in exchange for a paycheck.
The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration is hiring more inspectors, will visit work sites to check the accuracy of employee injury/illness reports, review employee medical records and talk to workers to see if companies are properly recording incidents.
In a move that will affect most American corporations, the Labor Department plans to require companies to prepare and adopt compliance plans aimed at ensuring they do not violate wage, job safety and equal employment laws.
BP has “one of the worst safety records of any oil company operating in America,” notes Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program.
President Barack Obama on Friday appeared unwilling to scrap plans to expand oil and gas exploration, but promised that the administration will carefully study what mistakes led to the explosion of an oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
A program to screen former workers at Hanford and other Department of Energy nuclear weapons sites for work-related illnesses is underfunded, according to Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.
It’s just a 50-cent piece of latex, but depending on whom you ask, it will either kill or save the multibillion-dollar pornography industry.
Tufts Medical Center has agreed to pay a $5,000 federal fine for failing to track nurses’ injuries.
Tesoro Corp will keep its 120,000 barrel-per-day Anacortes, Washington, refinery closed through the second quarter this year, director of investor relations Scott Phipps told analysts on Friday.