In years past, on-the-job, environmental-related accidents rarely led to criminal charges, but that is changing.
The federal government should consider barring oil giant BP from drilling on federal land or holding onto its existing leases, says a recently retired federal attorney who spent years dogging BP’s operations in Alaska.
Key House Democrats on Friday pressed the Interior Department to work with the administration’s workplace safety experts — not just the oil industry — as it crafts rules to protect workers offshore.
In both cases, natural gas accumulated during the pipe-cleaning procedure, known as a “gas blow,” and ignited. Workplace safety groups say using air or nitrogen to purge pipes would be safer.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into the U.S. Census Bureau office in Grand Junction, which earlier this year was inundated by fumes from a marijuana-growing operation in the same building.
Sponsored by state Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) and Lancman, the legislation will increase penalties for assaulting taxi drivers and require each taxi cab to post a sign reading, “Warning: Assaulting a taxi driver is punishable by up to twenty-five years in prison.”
In the span of barely a week, a second Kentucky coal miner has been killed in an underground mining operation. The death of Bobby Smith in a James River Coal Company mine near Hazard on April 24 brings to 39 the number of coal miners killed so far this year.
OSHA has cited Schneider Electric, doing business as Square D, for alleged workplace safety violations following the electrocution fatality of a worker at the company’s facility in El Paso, Texas.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the U.S. Postal Service for alleged willful and repeat violations of safety standards following an inspection at the Southern Maine Processing and Distribution Center in Scarborough, Maine. The Postal Service faces a total of $430,000 in fines, chiefly for exposing workers to electrical hazards.
OSHA has cited Sneed Shipbuilding Inc. for alleged serious, repeat, and other-than-serious violations for exposing employees to electrical and other safety hazards at the company’s 35-acre facility in Channelview, Texas. Proposed penalties total $59,300.