“I’m here to speak for my 29 brothers who did not make it out,” a coal miner told the committee. “This tragedy never should have happened in America today. Something needs to be done to stop outlaw coal companies who blatantly disregard the laws,” he continued. “Many things were wrong at Upper Big Branch, such as low air constantly.”
Employer groups criticized a mine-safety bill Tuesday that would strengthen civil and criminal penalties for companies, arguing that the bill would lead to higher costs, increased litigation and actually hinder safety improvements at the nation’s mines.
Turning coal into coke, a raw material used in steelmaking, is a complicated and dangerous process, as evidenced by the explosion Wednesday that injured 20 people at the country’s largest coke plant. But those familiar with the industry say it can be done safely.
Far-reaching legislation that would impose new environmental safeguards on offshore drilling, repeal oil-industry-friendly provisions of energy policy and hit producers with a new tax to fund conservation programs gained ground in Congress on Thursday.
On Wednesday night a steam pipe burst on Harrison Avenue in Boston, spewing asbestos into the air and covering roads and parked cars. According to news reports, no one was hurt, which is not surprising. Asbestosis, mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases caused by breathing airborne asbestos fibers typically take many years to develop.
OSHA has proposed a total of $357,300 in fines against UCB Manufacturing Inc. for alleged willful and serious violations at its Rochester, New York, pharmaceutical manufacturing plant. The citations chiefly concern the company’s failure to address hazards for workers whose duties involve exposure to methylene chloride, a potential carcinogen.
Danbury Hospital has been cited for failing to provide employees with adequate safeguards against workplace violence. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration began investigating in January 2010 after workers complained and found several instances, within the last 18 months, in which employees in the hospital’s psychiatric ward, emergency ward and general medical floors were injured by violent patients.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Kenton Iron Products LLC with $214,500 in proposed penalties for 29 alleged serious, willful, and repeat safety and health violations for unsafe working conditions at the company’s iron casting facility in Kenton, Ohio.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration is investigating the death of a Sioux City, Iowa, man who was overcome by fumes along with another worker in a North Sioux City sewer Saturday.
One of the three workers injured in an accident at Rock Fest Thursday was in an induced coma Thursday night. The three were working on the festival grounds at about 8:30 a.m. when the machine that had hoisted them 25 feet into the air to hang an advertising banner on one side of the stage tipped over, causing them to fall to the ground.