It was a disturbingly close call, closer than it appeared at the time. On July 19, 2009, an explosion rocked an oil refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, critically injuring a worker and spawning a fire that burned for more than two days. The blast at the Citgo East refinery unleashed a chemical unknown to many Americans, though it is capable of sweeping into dozens of communities, sickening or even killing as it moves.
Reuters recently posted a story from Suzhou, China about workers at a factory making touch screens on contract for Apple who have been injured (including potentially at least one death) by inhaling hexyl hydride, also known as n-Hexane. Stories about industrial, environmental, and health problems in China can frequently be convenient windows for looking into our own regulatory structure for protecting the public, whether from contaminated food, dangerous toys, or the use of unsafe chemicals in products and the workplace.
An ambitious paper was released in Boston last week, which provided a full-cost accounting of the entire life cycle of coal, to the extent that present data and modeling methods allow this. The new look that this report provides is a consideration the full range of health and environmental hazards that result from exploration, mining, processing, transport, and combustion of coal and the subsequent waste that is released into air and water from this fuel source.
A new, interactive OSHA timeline commemorating 40 years of progress protecting the safety and health of American workers illustrates the milestones OSHA and its state partners have achieved in their efforts to reduce injuries, illnesses and deaths.
March 25 will mark 100 years since the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire galvanized a movement for social justice. Some 146 women did not make it out of the workplace alive that day.
Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said that it was time to have an “adult conversation about Nevada’s legal sex trade.” Reid is advocating an end to the legalized sex-for-hire industry that Nevada is known for, as a move that would enhance the state’s reputation.
The commercial airline industry worldwide posted its lowest rate of major accidents ever in 2010. Still, the numbers of smaller crashes and fatalities overall rose, pointing to persistent safety problems.
Oregon OSHA this week is kicking off an “emphasis program” to reduce injuries and workplace risks that result in amputations.
As if finding a job isn’t hard enough, unemployed workers now face the added hurdle of being discriminated against because they don’t have a job. Speaking today before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project (NELP), said that practices barring the unemployed from job availabilities have been growing around the country—and place a disproportionate burden on older workers, African Americans and other workers facing high levels of long-term unemployment.
Criminal charges have been filed in connection with a 2008 Paso Robles, Calif., construction accident that resulted in the deaths of two men, one of them from Bakersfield.