In the weeks leading up to the Deepwater Horizon explosion, worker safety standards for offshore oil rigs were voluntary and developed in consultation with the oil industry but not safety experts, a senior Interior official told Congress Wednesday.
In the wake of the BP oil spill, efforts have been afoot on the part of the Obama administration to ban drilling off the U.S. coast outright, ostensibly to stop future disasters like that which continues to unfold in the Gulf.
A massive federal investigation is trying to figure out what went wrong at the Deepwater Horizon rig. Now members of a public-private safety program say the explosion that brought on the Gulf crisis might have been prevented with another layer of safety inspections.
This week’s bombshell from the Labor Department Office of Inspector General raises lots of questions, among them why the folks at the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration didn’t previously reveal a major change to the way they implemented the Pattern of Violations program.
When a child is sick, the last thing a parent should be worried about is her next paycheck. Yet that’s the perverse dilemma that besets millions of workers in an economy that’s radically out of sync with the rhythms of modern family life.
The Austin City Council took new steps to protect construction workers. Last year seven people died at construction sites — prompting the council to pass tougher regulations.
More and more Americans are freelancing today, as traditional 9-5 jobs seem to disappear faster than ice melting in the hot summer sun. Freelance (or contract) workers find themselves completely unprotected by current labor laws, which were designed for 9-5 workers.
- US Bank in Seattle ordered to pay back wages, reinstate former manager terminated in violation of SOX whistleblower provisions
OSHA has ordered U.S. Bank in Seattle to reinstate a former bank manager, who was fired in retaliation for filing an internal report alleging securities and bank fraud by company employees, finding that the bank fired the employee in violation of the whistleblower protection provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
A federal judge indicated Thursday he is not yet persuaded to suppress the release of a federal investigative report from the 2007 deadly Cabin Creek Hydro Plant accident but delayed ruling on whether the public should eventually be able to see it.
The owner of a Pittsburgh-area construction firm will spend three years on probation, including six months’ house arrest, for willingly violating federal workplace safety rules that contributed to a worker’s death in August.