Editors of The (WV) Charleston Gazette had perfect timing. On the morning of a congressional oversight hearing on the Labor Department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) performance, their front page featured an article by reporter Ken Ward Jr. about incomplete inspections and inadequate enforcement actions in 2009 in at least 25 of the agency’s field offices.
The National Hockey League is taking aim at the sport’s problem with concussions. As Bloomberg reports, the league is adopting a more stringent protocol requiring that players showing symptoms of a concussion be evaluated by a physician in a quiet space away from the action and emotion of the game. In the past, team trainers typically carried out the evaluation on the bench.
More than 50 former workers at a now-defunct supermarket chain in Santa Clara County (aka Silicon Valley and San Jose) are suing their former employer for unpaid wages.
Security forces working for Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi physically abused and psychologically terrorized three British Broadcasting Corporation correspondents for 21 hours after they were detained trying to reach the scene of a bloody battle in a city just 30 miles from the capital, the journalists reported Wednesday night.
The investigation into the death of Notre Dame student videographer Declan Sullivan by Indiana’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration has wrapped, and the agency has announced it will fine the university $77,500 for various workplace safety violations. Sullivan, 20, died last October when high winds knocked over the hydraulic lift he was standing on to film a Fighting Irish football practice.
The Labor Department has proposed more than $200,000 in fines for a north Louisiana oil refinery it accuses of exposing workers to the threat of fires, explosions and other hazardous conditions.
Holly Corp.’s Tulsa refinery was hit with $62,500 in potential fines for 14 alleged “serious” violations of federal workplace regulations, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday.
The North Carolina Department of Labor on Friday proposed a total of $81,300 in fines against the High Point Fire Department for 16 alleged serious violations of the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Act. The alleged violations relate to deficiencies with firefighters’ training, equipment and safety that were uncovered by OSHA inspectors, who launched an investigation in response to firefighter complaints in September 2010.
- OSHA cites Jacksonville, Fla., metal recycler with safety and health violations after 2 workers suffer amputations
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 16 safety and health citations against Union Metal Trading Inc. in Jacksonville, after one worker suffered the amputation of three fingers and another worker had the tip of his finger amputated while working at the plant.
Cal-OSHA is investing a horrific accident at the Port of Oakland in which a female dockworker lost both legs after she was run over by a container lift.