Nurses, pharmacists and others who handle chemo drugs have been getting sick. Despite multiple studies that indicate the drugs actually may cause cancers, the federal government doesn’t require safeguards on the job.
In the United States, there’s a lot of discussion about the difficulties of requiring hospitals and clinics to prove they are not contaminating their workers with toxic drugs. But several other countries already are requiring safeguards.
Companies partnered with BP in developing the crippled Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico could possibly also be targeted in the sweeping criminal investigation under way in Washington, Eric Holder, the US Attorney General, will say this morning.
Despite a clear public record to the contrary, BP is continuing its public relations effort to define the blowout that has been spewing oil into the Gulf for nearly three months as an isolated departure from a record of safe and sound practices.
Where there’s a disaster, there are scams and schemes. So: Before paying for training to work for an oil-spill cleanup company, make sure you need it. The Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation said there should be no charge to apply or train for a job. People with questions about available oil spill response and recovery jobs can call (877) 362-5034 or visit http://www.floridagulfrecoveryjobs.com.
Last week, as we celebrated the 234th anniversary of our nation’s birth, we marked another significant date in our country’s history — the 75th birthday of the National Labor Relations Act.
Nevada lawmakers and federal lawmakers are considering whether to enhance workplace safety by raising the penalties for employers who make safety a low priority.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Enbridge G&P for two alleged willful and five alleged serious violations following a chemical release at its Bryans Mill gas-treating plant in Douglasville, Texas. One person died from the release of hydrogen sulfide.
All three of them are alive; that’s what’s most important. Billy Twyford kept that in mind when he received a citation last week, along with a $6,600 fine, from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the Jan. 7 electrical accident in which he and two men working for him were badly shocked by a 13,200-volt bolt of electricity.
That night — May 20, 2009 — Vicente Rodriguez fell 37 feet to his death on the floor of the Hollywood Theater, inside the MGM Grand. He died trying to do the job of a high rigger, risky work for which he had received little training.