Younger people in America’s workforce are twice as likely as older workers to suffer an injury on the job that requires treatment in an emergency room, a new CDC report suggests.
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) is asking Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to investigate offshore drilling practices after a massive oil fire this week on a rig in the Gulf of Mexico left 11 workers missing and thought dead.
The United Steelworkers (USW) again called for an overhaul of health and safety within the oil industry following the explosion yesterday on an oil drilling rig about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico. It was the fourth oil industry incident in a little more than two weeks that has killed or seriously injured workers.
A U.S. crackdown on mountaintop mining in Appalachia may force coal producers to rely increasingly on underground sites such as the Massey Energy Co. mine where 29 workers were killed this month in West Virginia.
Federal safety inspectors who visited Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch coal mine early this year said senior managers showed “reckless disregard” for worker safety by telling a foreman to ignore a citation the mine had received for faulty ventilation, according to the inspectors’ handwritten notes.
OSHA announced a Severe Violator Enforcement Program today that will be in effect in 45 days and also said it is administratively raising the dollar value of its penalties, suggesting it would raise them higher still if it could.
The company was fined a record $87 million by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration for failing to correct safety hazards after the 2005 Texas City refinery explosion killed 15 workers.
Police are using an incident on Wednesday in Kittery, Maine, involving a 21-year old nearly having his feet cut off in a riding lawn mower accident to remind people, as the accident victim was doing, to always wear safety gear when operating heavy machinery.
Seattle firefighters responded Thursday to reports of an explosion at a Seattle metal-recycling plant.
A Douglas County, Ga., construction worker died Wednesday when his head was pinned by a tractor at a baseball stadium.