BP too often operated on the fly in the closing days of work on its doomed Gulf oil well, adding needless risk of a blowout, investigators, experts and panel members said at the presidential oil spill commission Tuesday.
The lead investigator for the presidential panel delving into the BP oil spill said on Monday that he had found no evidence that anyone involved in drilling the doomed well had taken safety shortcuts to save money.
BP Plc remains at risk for billions of dollars in fines and legal costs even after a U.S. commission said safety wasn’t sacrificed for profit in the weeks and days leading up to the worst U.S. offshore oil spill.
A federal judge on Tuesday barred news organizations from a conference over a company’s claim that the government has not yet issued a single permit to allow offshore drilling even though a moratorium was lifted in October.
Tesoro Corp. says it is under investigation by the Environment Protection Agency’s criminal division for the April 2 explosion and fire that killed seven people at the oil company’s Anacortes, Wash., refinery.
The American Federation of Government Employees, the country’s largest federal employee union, is demanding the immediate closure of a Social Security Administration claims office in Ironton, Ohio, due to a black mold outbreak. The mold outbreak, which was first noticed two years ago, has left nine out of 11 workers ill, all of which have filed workers’ compensation claims, and poses a threat to the hundreds of people who go in and out of the contaminated office every week.
Hyatt housekeepers in eight cities are expected to file complaints today with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, complaining of injuries they sustained on the job because of the high number of rooms they are expected to clean.
Last week, Brazilian Blowout formally initiated legal proceedings in response to the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division’s (Oregon OSHA) inaccurate and unsupported conduct. Brazilian Blowout intends to seek an award of punitive damages to dissuade Oregon OSHA (OR-OSHA) from acting so recklessly again in the future.
Republic Engineer Products in Lorain, Ohio, was handed 13 safety citations and fines of $143,000 yesterday for exposing workers to fall hazards, failing to provide protective equipment and failing to maintain equipment.
OSHA has issued Harbison-Walker Refractories Co. of Vandalia, Mo., 17 workplace safety violations with $119,625 in proposed penalties.