The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has just released a study of the extent to which federal contractors violate federal laws ensuring workers receive fair wages, have the right to join unions and are safe from workplace hazards. Despite its narrow scope and various logistical problems that hampered data analysis, the study still shows that the system is chock full of contractors with questionable labor law compliance records.
A surprise inspection has turned up serious safety violations that could have caused an explosion at another Massey Energy coal mine in West Virginia, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration said Thursday.
BP PLC’s lawyers helped prepare its internal investigation into its Gulf of Mexico drilling disaster, according to the report’s lead author, raising questions about the study’s impartiality.
Like many along the Gulf Coast made jobless by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, rig worker Joe Gonzales figured he could turn to one of BP PLC’s compensation funds for help. He was wrong. As BP’s billions are spread along the Gulf Coast to compensate everyone from bartenders to real-estate brokers for lost income, employees of one industry are left out: shallow-water rig workers who, unlike their deep-water counterparts, are ineligible.
Several investigations are underway into how a man died inside a Chalmette, La., refinery. Gregory Starkey, 33, a contract worker at the refinery, died while working on a hydrogen sulfide leak yesterday.
As federal investigators examine last month’s deadly natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, engineering experts already have a strong sense of what went wrong and say the evidence calls into question widely used industry estimates of pipeline safety.
In response to a rash of accidents in recent years, the Federal Aviation Administration has proposed new safety and training requirements for pilots of emergency medical helicopters.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., on Tuesday asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate two hair-smoothing products shown in recent Oregon tests to contain high levels of formaldehyde, even when labeled “formaldehyde-free.”
A study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that traffic accidents are a leading cause of workplace death and injury, and cost almost $100 billion annually in lost productivity and medical expenses. Most of the accidents caused on the roads are due to phone-related distractions.
The district initially faced more than $44,000 in fines from the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration after the group’s investigation into the death of sprinkler system specialist James Jeffredo, who was electrocuted while doing maintenance work on a school irrigation system.
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