The United Commercial Fishermen’s Association has won a temporary restraining order in federal court that requires BP to take responsibility for any hazardous chemical exposures suffered by fishermen employed in the Gulf Oil disaster cleanup.
After BP’s Texas City, Tex., refinery blew up in 2005, killing 15 workers, the company vowed to address the safety shortfalls that caused the blast.
Coal miners and oil drillers may not have been on T.S. Eliot’s mind when he penned “The Wasteland,” but April was surely the cruelest month for those who work in two of the most dangerous jobs in America.
The Ensuring Worker Safety Act, sponsored by Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., would require that state OSHA plans are at least as effective as federal standards and enforcement. The bill would protect states’ rights by giving OSHA additional options when a state plan is found to be underperforming.
Over the past decade, Congress has charged the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration with enforcing far-reaching new whistleblower laws, including this year’s health care law, consumer product safety rules, and corporate malfeasance safeguards, but has not provided funding or staff to protect millions of workers from retaliation for reporting violations, according to an analysis released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
The past few months have not been good ones for consumer and worker safety. In Congress, some Members have called for stricter revolving-door regulations to address these concerns.
Several whistleblowers believe lawsuits, equal employment complaints and even proven ethics violations have all failed to get the department’s attention to fix serious problems that could leave the public at risk. And our investigation found the complaints lead to one person: Fire Chief Greg Dean.
A spill of cyanide-laced water at Fort Knox Gold Mine caused the excavation of about 2 acres of gravel near the mine, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation reported this week.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a total of $48,500 in fines against Tonawanda Coke Corporation for 14 alleged serious violations of workplace health and safety standards at the company’s River Road plant in Tonawanda, N.Y., which produces foundry coke, a coal by-product.
OSHA has cited Pineville Lumber Inc. with five failure-to-abate violations for workplace hazards identified during two previous inspections. Proposed penalties total $189,730.