A Nevada air traffic controller allegedly fell asleep early Wednesday as a medical flight carrying a sick patient tried to land, leading federal authorities to order an immediate end to the practice of leaving one controller on duty during overnight shifts.
The Federal Aviation Administration official in charge of operating the air traffic control system has resigned amid revelations that several controllers have fallen asleep on the job this year, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said Thursday.
The Obama administration’s top officials overseeing offshore oil and gas got an up-close view of the deepwater rig that was the first to receive their approval to return to drilling after last year’s BP disaster.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration announced April 12 that it has issued notices of a pattern of violations to two coal mining operations under Section 104(e) of the federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. Bledsoe Coal Corp.’s Abner Branch Rider Mine in Leslie County, Ky., and The New West Virginia Mining Co.’s Apache Mine in McDowell County, W.Va., are the first mines in the act’s history to be subject to the full effect of this enforcement action, which targets mines with chronic and persistent health and safety violations.
There is new criticism of the Army’s high-profile effort to train mental toughness into soldiers so they can better handle the stress of repeated combat tours. This time, the critique comes from a group of psychologists who say the program appears to be scientific research without consent.
Sen. Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles, wants the Legislature to direct the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to draft standards for hotel housekeepers — and that, at a minimum, those standards include the use of fitted bottom sheets on hotel beds and that hotels make available long-handled mops that would reduce the need for housekeepers to scrub bathtubs and tile floors on their hands and knees.
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a ‘hazard alert’ about the dangers of formaldehyde-containing straightening formulas. They used the information from the various state and federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) investigation to compile its report. The Superior Court of California has filed a preliminary injunction against the makers of Brazilian Blowout, after almost 8% formaldehyde was found in the recipe…the same amount found in embalming fluid used by funeral homes in the U.S.!
California workplace safety officials have issued $100,000 in fines against Napa State Hospital in connection with the October slaying of a psychiatric technician, contending that the facility neglected to restrict the movements of violent patients — including the man charged in the strangling.
A state mental health worker from Bourne died Friday after a patient at a Cape Cod hospital assaulted him about two weeks ago, authorities said yesterday. The cause of death is still being investigated, however, and no direct link has been made with the attack.
- OSHA cites Columbus, Ohio-based Buckeye Radiation Oncology for failing to protect workers from lead, cadmium exposure
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued Buckeye Radiation Oncology, an outpatient radiation therapy treatment facility in Columbus, 14 serious safety citations for failing to ensure employees who worked with lead-cadmium alloy were protected from respiratory, ingestion and absorption hazards. The company faces penalties of $58,200 as a result of a December 2010 inspection.