Is Stover sentence setback for UBB criminal probe?
When U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin stepped before the microphones outside the federal courthouse earlier this afternoon, the first question for him seemed pretty clear to me: Was U.S. District Judge Irene Berger’s decision to reject Goodwin’s recommendation and not stick former Upper Big Branch Mine security director Hughie Elbert Stover behind bars for 25 years a setback in the criminal probe of the the nation’s worst coal-mining disaster in a generation? The U.S. Attorney was pretty clear in his answer: This is absolutely not a setback.
Study seeks those affected by oil spill
Two years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill 10,000 cleanup workers and volunteers enrolled in a study of physical or mental health problems, officials say. The Gulf Long-term Follow-up study, conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, has a target goal of 55,000 participants.
Stagehands union challenges citations in Ind. State Fair stage collage workplace safety report
A stagehands union is challenging a workplace safety report citing it for four violations in the collapse of an Indiana State Fair stage and rigging that left seven people dead.
Brazilian Blowout consumer alert
Do salons know “Brazilian Blowouts” contain a form of formaldehyde? Labor Secretary Hilda Solis discusses on Good Morning America.
Trucking firm must pay $190K and reinstate fired whistleblower
A Georgia-based trucking firm has been ordered to reinstate a fired south suburban truck driver and pay him more than $190k in back wages and damages because he was fired for lodging complaints against the firm. The Sauk Village driver was terminated by Interline Logistics Group after reporting safety concerns about brakes on his truck and refusing to violate U.S. Department of Transportation regulations for allowable driving and rest hours, Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials said.
Training blamed in miner’s death
Miner Joseph L. Tagaban died from a mine blast due to Kensington Mine’s failure to adequately train workers on the examination of workplace hazards and on blast area avoidance, according to conclusions recently released by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.
Al Fischer, gay music teacher, fired from St. Louis Catholic School after revealing plans to marry partner
A Missouri-based gay music teacher at an area Catholic school was recently dismissed from his job after authorities learned of his plans to wed his male partner of 20 years in New York.
5 mechanics fired after report on NYC elevator accident that crushed advertising exec to death
Five elevator mechanics who were on duty when an advertising executive was crushed to death were fired Wednesday, two days after city investigators said a key safety system was disabled during the elevator accident, the workers’ employer said.