Safety and OSHA News

29 miner deaths ‘entirely preventable’ — root cause is ‘corporate culture’

Federal authorities blamed the Upper Big Branch (UBB) Mine disaster that killed 29 miners on “a workplace culture that valued production over safety,” and said the explosion was “entirely preventable.” Haven’t we heard this before about workplace disasters that claimed multiple lives? [Read more…]

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$27M settlement in fire that killed 1 worker, injured 3 others

A power company has agreed to pay $27 million dollars to settle a lawsuit in connection with a fire that killed one worker and trapped three others atop a 976-foot-tall smokestack for four hours. [Read more…]

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Report on BP spill: Have to change ‘business as usual’

The Presidential commission investigating the BP oil spill says the oil and gas industry needs to take bold action to make it clear that business will no longer be conducted as usual in the Gulf of Mexico. In a nutshell, one section of the report says BP and other companies working in the Gulf need to change their safety cultures. [Read more…]

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BP well blowout investigation: Safety lessons for all

A government investigation into the Gulf of Mexico oil spill looks at specific factors such as how deep a cement plug was set and whether additional barriers should have been installed. But the root causes of the incident that killed 11 workers focus on common subjects for workplace safety: management, communication, previous near-misses, safety culture and government regulation.  [Read more…]

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