BP Plc has “made exceptional changes” that have improved safety at its six U.S. refineries since a 2005 blast at its Texas plant that killed 15 workers, the vice president of the United Steelworkers said.
The Obama administration, responding to last week’s deadly explosion of a natural gas pipeline in San Bruno, Calif., proposed legislation Wednesday to strengthen federal regulation of pipelines and increase fines for the most serious violations.
More than a quarter of the nearly 2,000 miles of natural gas pipelines maintained by two companies in South Carolina were installed in the 1950s, making them the same age of the deadly pipeline that exploded in California a week ago.
In an effort to pass OSHA legislation in 2010, the House recently attached portions of the Protecting America’s Workers Act to the Robert C. Byrd Miner Safety and Health Act of 2010. This action got the OSHA legislation out of committee and ready for a vote on the floor of the House. This legislation is not good news for employers.
The death of a state highway inspector Tuesday night has a safety watch dog group calling for more standards when it comes to road and highway work zones.
One of the best kept secrets of the financial reform bill passed in July is tough whistleblower laws to protect bank workers who expose shady lending, credit card and fee practices. But do U.S. bank workers actually know about the new protections? A new Service Employees union campaign aims to make sure they do.
- Rohm and Haas rejects link between vinyl chloride and brain cancer, victims disagree, see you in court on Sept 20
The Center for Public Integrity’s Jim Morris reports this week on a civil lawsuit between the chemical manufacturer Rohm and Haas, and the family of Franklin Branham, 63, who died just a month after being diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor. The Branham family is the first of 31 victims who lived in McCullom Lake, Illinois and are suing the Dow Chemical subsidiary for contaminating their air and water with vinyl chloride and other carcinogens.
Federal safety regulators are seeking more than $466,000 in penalties from a producer of roofing materials for exposing workers to high levels of hazardous dust, and in the wake of their findings have expanded the probe to three more of the company’s plants.
Firefighters called in federal investigators after a reported workplace accident in Pawtucket, R.I., Thursday morning.
A phoned-in bomb threat has forced evacuations near the Crown Center in Kansas City.