The Interior Department tightened its rules on offshore oil and gas operations on Thursday but left in place the moratorium on deepwater drilling that has left oil executives frustrated and Gulf Coast officials fuming.
Massey Energy Co. said federal mine safety officials insisted on ventilation changes that cut the flow of fresh air in half at its Upper Big Branch mine in the days leading up to the April 5 explosion that killed 29 workers.
A recent survey to assess Metro’s “safety culture” found that 60 percent of the agency’s employees witnessed a safety concern or violation in the past year but that 30 percent of them did not report it, often because they feared repercussions, Metro’s interim general manager told the agency’s board of directors Thursday.
Federal authorities are suing the Fox News Network for allegedly retaliating against a reporter after she complained about unequal pay and job conditions based on her gender and age.
- Feds review state-run worker safety programs, differing opinions on measuring “at least as effective as”
Federal OSHA offered praise for some states, and warnings to others, in its 26 evaluations released this week of state-run worker safety programs.
A coalition of natural gas exploration companies on Friday released a list of industry principles that they said will make the Marcellus Shale drilling boom a positive force, and they criticized a proposed gas-extraction tax passed by the state House as “onerous.”
Employees with the Capitol Visitor Center will be given permanent pagers next month in an effort to improve communication within the Capitol in the event of an emergency such as a terrorist attack.
- Troubled waters at Sea World: Another ex-employee alleges obstruction in OSHA’s investigation of orca trainer’s death
Last month, the former head of safety at Sea World Orlando made headlines and rocked the marine mammal industry when she accused company officials of blocking a federal investigation into the death of senior trainer Dawn Brancheau. Now a former human resources director has come forward with her own allegations of obstruction and “stonewalling” during the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s official inquiry, which ended Aug. 23 with a “willful” violation in Brancheau’s death and $75,000 in fines.
Federal health officials are taking a new look at complaints by Food and Drug Administration scientists that their superiors pressured them to approve potentially unsafe medical devices.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Heartland Refinery in Columbus, Ohio, with one alleged serious safety violation for failing to control the release of flammable liquids and vapors resulting in a July 17, 2010, fire at the facility. The refinery also has been cited with two repeat violations for problems that existed in March 2010 and were found in July 2010 not to have been corrected, as well as one failure-to-abate violation first brought to the company’s attention by OSHA in 2009.