Safety and OSHA News

Creating a safety culture: Situation at BP Alaska shows it never ends

Once you get your safety culture “right,” is that it – mission accomplished? Some recent reporting about BP’s Alaska operations shows it’s a never-ending challenge.  [Read more…]

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Research: Unrealistic to be good at safety and profitability at same time

Why do big organizations repeat big safety mistakes? Researchers think they know why.  [Read more…]

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Report: OSHA lacks legal tools to hold executives accountable for safety disasters

A report from a U.S. Senator’s office says OSHA is unable to hold corporate executives personally accountable for safety disasters because of a lack of legal tools at the government’s disposal. The report encourages changes to hold company executives more accountable.  [Read more…]

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It’s official: Feds to ‘increase frequency of criminal prosecution’ for OSHA violations

The federal government says it will step up use of a variety of laws to bring more criminal charges for OSHA violations, particularly those with fatalities and where there was a willful violation.  [Read more…]

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Feds drop manslaughter charges in BP oil explosion/spill

A judge has agreed to a motion by federal prosecutors to drop the remaining manslaughter charges against two supervisors aboard BP’s Deepwater Horizon when it exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 and killed 11 workers.  [Read more…]

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Ex-BP engineer pleads guilty to lesser charges in Deepwater Horizon disaster

A former BP engineer has pleaded guilty to “intentionally causing damage without authorization to a protected computer,” in connection with the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 employees and sent over 3 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.  [Read more…]

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Biggest EHS violators identified on website — and it’s not from OSHA

While industry waits to see if OSHA will carry out its proposal to post companies’ injury records online, a nonprofit has unveiled its new website that points the finger at the biggest environmental/safety/health violators in the U.S. since 2010.  [Read more…]

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Manslaughter charges dismissed against 2 BP managers in Deepwater Horizon case

A federal court has ruled manslaughter charges should be dropped against two former BP managers for their roles in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers.  [Read more…]

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Are office safety programs a waste of time and money?

Big companies are expanding their safety programs to their office settings – so says a recent, nationally published article. The stated goal: Get everyone thinking about safety. Is this really going to help?

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Judge reduces BP penalties for OSHA violations from $3M to $80K

In 2010, OSHA fined BP $3 million for process safety management violations at its refinery near Toledo, Ohio. A review commission judge has thrown out many of the violations and reduced the fines to $80,000. How did this happen? [Read more…]

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