The head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Thursday said workers hired by BP PLC to clean up spilled oil don’t need respirators, despite complaints from some employees and lawmakers about toxic fumes.
Federal regulators suspect a cleaning fluid may have sickened seven workers last week who were employed to stem the spread of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, according to health and labor officials.
It was 1989, and Merle Savage, then a healthy 50-year-old, had heard the news about Exxon Valdez. Compelled to help, she spent four months cleaning up Alaska’s oil-contaminated waters and shores. She has never been the same since.
After nearly two months of delays due to high levels of poisonous gas, federal and state safety investigators on Wednesday entered the underground Massey Energy Co. mine where 29 workers were killed in an April 5 explosion.
Workers at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site should have been better protected from a toxic metal, according to a newly released report from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Las Vegas stagehand Vicente Rodriguez fell to his death from a rigging plank suspended over the MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theater. If the planking had been equipped with guardrails, the 20-year-old — who was incorrectly wearing his safety harness — might be alive today.
In a city where everyone’s out to make a buck, it’s easy to run a sweatshop from the privacy of your own home. In fact, you’ll find some of New York’s most abused workers in the country not on a shop floor, but in a kitchen on the Upper West Side or a kid’s bedroom in Chelsea… the hidden crevices of the urban economy that operate outside the law.
A seven-month federal investigation into a deadly crane collapse at a local shipyard found that a cracked piece of welding, undetected for more than a decade, caused the machine to fall and crush a fabrication shop below, the company’s president said Thursday.
The Roanoke, Texas, contractor hired by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and Central Arkansas Water to install water lines underneath the Interstate 430 bridge was fined $30,800 for a variety of OSHA safety violations following the death of three workers in 2008.
Allen Family Foods Inc., a 90-year-old Eastern Shore poultry processor, faces more than $1 million in penalties for dozens of alleged safety violations, including an incident in which a worker was seriously injured in December, Maryland labor officials said Friday.