Companies spend millions of dollars each year complaining to Congress about burdensome laws and regulations, pressing their concerns in public campaigns and in private meetings. They rarely wait for invitations.
The advocacy group Public Citizen says lawmakers “left workers in the dust” by failing to pass mine safety legislation. The House of Representatives voted not to pass the Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Protection Act.
Mine-safety officials are coming under increasing fire for failing to provide status reports on their investigation into the accident last April that killed 29 coal miners at a Massey Energy Co. mine, and for letting months pass without any update to family members.
The Labor Department’s unprecedented use of its toughest mine safety enforcement tool against Massey Energy has paid off as the company agreed Wednesday to a court-supervised settlement of alleged safety violations at a coal mine in Kentucky.
Spike TV and reality powerhouse producer Thom Beers take viewers down into the depths of the earth for an unprecedented look at one of the world’s most dangerous and compelling jobs, coal mining. Spike TV will premiere the 10 episode, one-hour series starting Wednesday, March 30.
Combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder is more likely to have long-lasting effects on soldiers than concussions or “mild traumatic” brain injuries, according to a new study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.
- Governor Signs Revisions to ‘Serious Violation’ Criteria; Serious Citations Are Now Tougher to Challenge
We could argue over the definition of “serious violation” of workplace safety and health regulations in the state of California all day. In fact, employers, Cal/OSHA, and the California Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board (OSHAB) have quarreled for so long over the proper definition of this term that federal OSHA and the California Legislature have both taken notice.
What caused the electrocution death of a Minnesota Power employee at a Schroeder worksite in September remains a mystery, even after a state investigation wrapped up last week. The nearly five-month probe by the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration found no hazards at the site that could have caused the death of Kyle Damberg, a longtime company employee whose body was found in a building under construction.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued six violations against a South Sioux City, Nebraska plumbing company in the deaths of two men. Workers Robert Thompson and Chad Elgert, both of Sioux City, were overcome by fumes last July while trying to unclog a sewer in North Sioux City, South Dakota.
Employees of a Rockville car wash still are trying to cope with the death of a co-worker and injuries to two others one week after a crash involving a sport utility vehicle. An employee of the car wash was driving a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee out of the washing bays of Flagship Carwash Center toward the drying area when it accelerated, striking two employees. The two were dragged beneath the vehicle before it stopped at a utility pole.