Federal OSHA has cited the owners of a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, that blew up in April, killing 15 people. The fines total $118,300. The agency took this action even though almost 90% of its employees are furloughed due to the government shutdown.
Chemical Safety Board
For the last eight years, OSHA has de-emphasized recordkeeping inspections. That’s about to change.
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.
A fire and explosion at a plant in Iowa was caused by inadequate electrical bonding and grounding during the filling of a portable steel tank used to store a flammable liquid, according to a federal investigation.
Sixteen residents have filed a lawsuit to stop Bayer CropScience from using a toxic chemical at a West Virginia plant where an explosion killed two workers in August 2008.
OSHA has cited a pasta manufacturing plant with three willful and three serious violations in connection with a dust explosion that sent two maintenance employees to the hospital with serious burns to their upper bodies.
A U.S. company tried — but failed — to block release of a video showing release of a hazardous chemical and a resulting fire, arguing it would “raise substantial issues of national security.”
OSHA has a lot of proposed new regs in the pipeline, from silica exposure limits to injury and illness prevention programs. Now we have an idea of the order in which they will receive action.
Within the last month, OSHA has received pressure from two sources to enact three new regulations. The pressure is coming from …
“He walked into the grain storage bin on his own two feet, but he left in an ambulance.”
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