California mental hospitals are dangerous, legislators told
At an Assembly committee hearing on safety issues at the state’s mental hospitals, lawmakers Tuesday received testimony about faulty alarm systems, daily assaults and an increasing number of patients with criminal histories.
MSHA announces results of July impact inspections
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that federal inspectors issued 375 citations and orders during special impact inspections conducted at 10 coal mines and five metal/nonmetal mines last month.
Worker safety rulemaking 101, Part 2
The process of putting a new federal regulation in place to protect individuals from serious hazards at work often takes five or more years. Part 1 of “Worker safety rulemaking” described the steps leading up to OSHA proposing a new rule, to the point where the agency’s chief decides whether to send the draft proposed rule to the White House for approval.
Workers claim company is putting them in danger
KPRC Local 2 first broke this story earlier this month when an AT&T technician said his employer wouldn’t let him idle his company truck between jobs to cool down. AT&T denied the claim, but Local 2 investigator Amy Davis did some digging to get to the bottom of the safety issue. Telecommunications giant AT&T has one of the largest fleets in the nation, and behind the wheel, a fleet of technicians who are becoming increasingly hot, frustrated and outspoken.
6 Hanford waste workers quit over drug testing
Six workers at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site decided to quit rather than submit to drug testing after a baggie of marijuana was found in a building at a landfill, a spokesman for a cleanup contractor said Tuesday.
Journalists freed from Rixos Hotel in Libya
After a harrowing five days of confinement, scores of journalists have been freed from a Libya hotel. CNN’s Matthew Chance, one of the freed journalists, broke the news on Twitter. Chance was one of around 35 foreign nationals who was trapped inside the Rixos hotel, kept there by armed guards and pro-Gaddafi forces.