Massey Energy Co.’s board said Thursday it was setting up a separate safety committee made up entirely of independent directors, as the company overhauled its corporate governance in the wake of the worst U.S. coal mining disaster in 40 years.
The federal agency in charge of worker-safety regulations announced Thursday that it would not forbid the use of flammable natural gas to clear pipes despite a finding that the practice caused a deadly explosion at a Connecticut power plant.
Investigators are focusing on alleged maintenance lapses of critical safety devices that monitor explosive gas levels, including one that was secured by a plastic zip tie, at the Massey Energy Co. mine where 29 workers died in April.
The 911 call lasted just more than four minutes, the rare recorded words of a killer moments after he had slain eight people and was about to end his own life.
In a predawn vote Wednesday, New York State’s senate passed a bill that reaches beyond the debate over the environmental safety of drilling for gas in the Marcellus Shale and would effectively ban almost all gas and oil drilling in the state until next spring.
The Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is reviewing allegations of research misconduct in a mild traumatic brain injury clinical trial with U.S. Marines in Iraq, according to documents and interviews.
On Thursday, The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration levied $16.6 million in fines alleging 371 safety and workplace violations at Kleen Energy Systems, the Middletown, Conn., power plant that exploded Feb. 7. But how will those fines affect the civil cases currently filed against those companies?
The revelation that BP’s Texas City refinery emitted toxic benzene for more than a month has ignited a furor in the port community that has suffered its share of deadly industrial accidents and toxic spills.
A judge ruled Thursday afternoon that sufficient issues of fact exist for juries to determine damage claims stemming from injuries suffered in the 2008 explosion at the Imperial Sugar Refinery in Port Wentworth, Ga.
In Knoxville, Tenn., and across the South, the soaring temperatures have forced the alteration of schedules and spurred an increased focus on employee safety.