In just five short months, on April 20, 2011, we will commemorate the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and we will honor the 11 individuals who lost their lives that day. These 11 brothers, fathers, sons, and husbands died because BP’s culture of recklessness, a corporate approach willingly accepts significant risk to BP’s employees, the environment, and countless innocent individuals whose livelihoods could be lost by the company’s actions.
An unlikely ad has been getting screen time in Manhattan movie theaters that cater to a Wall Street crowd. Alluding to “the new Dodd/Frank banking reform law,” it informs viewers that by exposing financial fraud they can earn substantial rewards – 10 to 30 percent of the money recovered by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
For nurses in New York state, Nov. 1 represented a victory for on-the-job safety. It was the day that the Violence Against Nurses law took effect, making it a felony to assault an on-duty RN or LPN.
Federal agents responsible for driving nuclear weapons and other sensitive materials sometimes got drunk and were detained by police while on the job, according to a new watchdog report.
In 2009, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) requested that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) assess the certification methods needed to ensure the effectiveness of non-respirator personal protective technologies (PPT). The report released Nov. 11, 2010 identified gaps and inconsistencies in the certification and other conformity assessment processes for non-respirator PPT and urged that this issue be explored further.
The Kentucky Labor Cabinet’s Occupational Safety and Health Compliance (KyOSH) office has issued citations and fines to Lost Lodge Properties LLC, dba Bluegrass Indoor Range in Louisville. The Louisville, Ky., range was issued four failure-to-abate, three repeat serious, three serious, and one non-serious violations for lead, electrical, hazard communication and respirator hazards. The fines associated with the citations total $372,000.