In the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill, a series of health complaints among cleanup workers led to widespread concerns about the adequacy of the safety training, protective equipment and chemical exposure monitoring provided by the government and BP. Today, a new report by the Center for Progressive Reform contends that many of these problems stemmed from insufficient attention to worker safety in the government’s disaster response plans.
When the natural gas ignited, it caused a blast so powerful that people 30 miles away thought there had been an earthquake.
Because of the disaster last week in San Bruno, PG&E safety record and practices will be coming under scrutiny probably like never before. Now, a PG&E employee is coming forward with stories to tell. Stories, he also plans to tell in court since he sued the utility a few weeks ago.
A former volunteer firefighter who filed a lawsuit against the village of Catskill and the Catskill Fire Department claiming his First Amendment rights had been violated, has won an $85,000 settlement in U.S. District Court in Albany.
An inoperative backup warning system and inadequate policies for backing apparatus led to the death of a Kansas fire chief who was pinned between two fire trucks, according to investigators.
There has been some backlash following a confined space rescue attempt in May by Liberty Township volunteer firefighters after a review found they violated OSHA regulations.
The New York Department of Labor has found numerous safety and health violations at the Danby Fire Department after investigating a complaint by a former firefighter.
Investigators are continuing the probe into an accident Wednesday, Sept. 8, in which a 2,000-pound barrel of ink fell on a Middletown, Ohio, man.
Officials inspected the plant back in March and say violations included unmarked fire exits, unsecured chlorine cylinders, unsafe batteries that exposed workers to acid burns and electrical shock, lack of machine guarding, lack of hand protection and electrical deficiencies. OSHA said several of the violations were repeat offenses.
Police say a worker pumping propane into a storage tank was severely burned in a gas explosion behind a business in the southwestern Illinois city of Jerseyville.