- As Blankenship resigns, Public Citizen calls on new Massey CEO to improve workplace safety standards
Public Citizen welcomes the announcement that the CEO of Massey Energy, Don Blankenship, will retire at the end of this month. Although his leadership of the company was disastrous in numerous ways — from environmental catastrophes to record fines to extreme hostility to unions — he will be remembered for presiding over the worst mine disaster in decades.
When investigators with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s workplace safety team visited a dozen airports in 2003 and 2004, what they found was disturbing — at least to federal airport workers.
In downtown Manhattan Monday, theater owners and union leaders joined with local and federal agencies responsible for workplace safety to collectively assess their response to the events on May 1, 2010, when a would-be car bomber attempted to detonate a device nearby several Broadway productions. For many in the room, that day was a test of workplace safety.
A new OSHA Safety and Health Information Bulletin and companion Worker Alert recommend that employers use safety measures to prevent exposing workers to the potentially fatal health effects of butter flavorings and other flavoring substances containing diacetyl or its substitutes.
OSHA is applying its egregious citation enforcement policy as never before. For the fiscal year ending in September, the agency applied the policy in 20 of 164 cases deemed significant; i.e., where penalties exceeded $100,000. This number of significant and egregious cases is more than OSHA has issued during any similar period in the last decade.
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear two major challenges brought by corporate interests, including whether more than 1.5 million female employees of Wal-Mart can go forward with the largest discrimination class-action suit in the country’s history.
Claiming they were fired for refusing to disobey guidelines set by the Occupational Safety and Health Association, three workers are suing three companies involved with the BP gulf oil cleanup.
Two days after an explosion ripped through a Massey Energy Co. coal mine, the company’s board decided to make a settlement offer of $3 million to each deceased miner’s family to help them financially and head off a wave of litigation, according to people familiar with the matter.
The holidays are a joyous time, but to make sure they are also a safe time, take a few minutes to review some important safety information with your employees.
At least 20 major stories in the world of workplace safety and health might qualify as 2010′s top story of the year. Take a look at our list and then add a comment explaining why one of them, or perhaps some other story we’ve left out, was your top story of the year for 2010.