The biggest U.S. and European oil companies may not assemble a fleet of spill-response vessels that can handle a disaster like BP Plc’s Macondo blowout until March, three months after the deep-water drilling ban in the Gulf of Mexico is scheduled to expire.
There have been some big developments in the fight to put oil rig workers back to work in the deep water. A U.S. district judge ruled late last Thursday that he needs more evidence before he decides whether to overturn the drilling moratorium.
Federal investigators are taking turns pummeling the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over its lackluster protection of whistleblowers. Two weeks after a highly critical report by the Government Accountability Office, the Labor Department’s inspector general has weighed in — saying OSHA fails to properly investigate complaints of reprisals against employees who report safety hazards or other violations.
A leading voice for the mining lobby predicted this past weekend that partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill would all but ensure that Congress won’t pass new miner protections anytime soon. Instead, said National Mining Association (NMA) CEO Hal Quinn, the industry should be most wary of new regulations flowing from the White House, which is eying a number of reforms affecting the nation’s mining companies.
Six months after the worst U.S. coal-mine disaster in 40 years, the cause of the explosion at Massey Energy Co.’s Upper Big Branch mine remains unknown and some workers and their families remain frustrated by the lack of progress.
A deadly explosion in April at Tesoro Corp.’s oil refinery in Anacortes could have been prevented if the company had tested its equipment properly and followed other safety regulations, the Washington Department of Labor and Industries said Monday.
A federal audit of Indiana’s Occupational Safety and Health program raises serious concerns about a shortage of funding and staffing necessary to properly enforce workplace safety standards.
This newspaper has repeatedly documented the shortcomings of North Carolina’s Labor Department under Berry. Now federal regulators are detailing new findings that suggest Berry’s department goes too easy on companies where serious safety violations result in workers being hurt or killed.
Federal auditors identified three information technology contractors that each racked up more than $90,000 in fines for violating health or wage regulations, as part of an investigation of 15 suppliers with prior offenses that received awards totaling more than $6 billion in 2009.
- Employee rights short takes: New evidence of gender pay gap, race discrimination, disability discrimination and more
Women made little progress in climbing into management positions according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office.