Safety and OSHA News

Coal CEO gets maximum jail time in connection with 29 miner deaths

A federal judge heeded the request of prosecutors and has sentenced former Massey Energy Company CEO Donald Blankenship to one year in prison for conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards. The deaths of 29 miners six years ago prompted prosecution of Blankenship.  [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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Coal CEO convicted in 29 mine deaths, could spend year in prison

A West Virginia jury has convicted Donald Blankenship of one count in connection to the mine explosion at Upper Big Branch in 2010 that killed 29 miners. Now, Blankenship could go to prison. [Read more…]

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Revised stats: Workplace deaths in U.S. increase

It’s official: More workers died in the U.S. in 2010 than in 2009. [Read more…]

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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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Mine disaster: Hazards hidden, production over safety

An official from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) delivered a stinging indictment of the operators of the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine in West Virginia where 29 miners were killed in an explosion. [Read more…]

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1 year after death of 29 miners: What’s improved?

One year ago today, 29 miners died in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine in West Virginia, owned by Massey Energy. In the last 12 months, what’s been done to make sure a disaster like UBB never happens again? [Read more…]

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2010’s Deadliest Workplace Tragedies

A national workplace safety organization has compiled a list of its top 10 deadliest workplace tragedies for 2010. [Read more…]

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