Safety and OSHA News

Court orders Conagra to pay $109M settlement in fatal Slim Jim plant explosion

The Nebraska Supreme Court says Conagra must pay a $108.9 million jury verdict for a 2009 fatal natural gas explosion at a factory that produced Slim Jims in North Carolina.  [Read more…]

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Report: Hot work and maintenance shutdown combined for fatal blast

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In the wake of an explosion that killed three contractors and injured seven more, a U.S. government investigatory agency is calling on OSHA to expand its Process Safety Management regulations – a recommendation that was made after another fatal explosion back in 2001.  [Read more…]

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Top 10 OSHA fines of 2017 (plus one big reversal)

Some thought a Republican administration in the White House would lead to lower OSHA fines. Our 2017 recap shows that’s not the case.   [Read more…]

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Dust buildup causes explosion, 5 deaths: $1.84M OSHA fine

A Wisconsin company disputes the severity of a $1,837,861 OSHA fine following an explosion that killed five employees at its facility.  [Read more…]

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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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Judge throws out $2.38M in fines to Tesoro in explosion that killed 7 workers

A judge’s decision to vacate $2.38 million in fines against a Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, WA, came as a shock to state safety officials who now say they’ll appeal the ruling.  [Read more…]

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Company falsified safety reporting: 3 dead, $9.5M in penalties

A company has agreed to pay $9.5 million in connection with a Gulf of Mexico explosion that killed three workers. The penalties are for false reporting of safety inspections and Clean Water Act violations.  [Read more…]

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Jury says company criminally guilty of violating safety laws: Possible $3M fine

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. in California faces up to $3 million in criminal fines after a jury found it guilty of five felony counts of knowingly failing to inspect and test its gas lines for potential hazards.  [Read more…]

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CSB: Multiple process safety deficiencies led to explosion, near-miss

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board says the Feb. 18, 2015, explosion at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, CA, was caused by “multiple process safety management deficiencies.” The CSB also contends the situation easily could’ve been much worse.  [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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