Recent revelations about napping nighttime air traffic controllers have sparked concern among American travelers and caused regulators to snap into action, but industry insiders say that the nodding off is not a matter of lazy workers loafing on the job.
If a business in Washington has unsafe working conditions, state safety officials can force it to quickly remove the hazard. But if the owners of the business appeal that decision, they can keep operating what may be a dangerous facility for months or even years. That’s expected to change today.
Bills that would improve safety for workers who handle chemotherapy and other toxic drugs on the job, as well as establish a way to track occupational links to cancer, were signed into law this week by Gov. Chris Gregoire.
Female correspondents deployed to countries such as Egypt, Pakistan or India might be better served by instruction in handling less extreme but more pervasive challenges: what to do if a stranger grabs your buttocks while you are reporting on the street, or if a male hotel worker enters your room while you are showering. How to deflect the chai wallah who insists on clicking photos of you to show his friends, or the flirtatious fixer who wants a good-night kiss.
The last time editors at the Atlantic magazine heard from correspondent Clare Morgana Gillis, she was somewhere in eastern Libya, covering the fighting between rebels and government troops. That was Monday, April 4. Since then, the sound at the end of her cellphone has been an ominous one: silence.
In this week’s readers’ Q&A session, Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, answers your questions. In the first of two posts, he discusses how his organisation balances safety concerns with political ones, what technological improvements have been made since the BP oil spill and whether new regulations on blowout preventers (BOPs) will delay the issue of new permits.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has levied $17,000 in fines against the Wolf Creek ski area after finding “serious” workplace violations following the death of the area’s ski patrol director in an avalanche last November.
Court hearings in SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s appeal of workplace-safety violations stemming from the February 2010 death of a killer-whale trainer have been pushed off for another five months.
The Agriculture Department’s outgoing communications director — leaving Friday to serve as Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel’s spokeswoman — and her top aides have faced at least nine federal personnel complaints, according to documents and interviews with current and former USDA employees. The allegations include age and gender discrimination and the promotion of employees supportive of the Democratic Party.
Questions still lingered Thursday about the deaths of two workers who fell 340 feet from a radio tower they were working on in Tippecanoe County. The sheriff’s department indicated Wednesday that the victims were wearing safety cables at the time of the fall, but the device those were attached to fell along with the two men.