A California agency has issued its biggest safety fine ever in connection with an explosion that killed eight people and leveled a neighborhood.
The North Carolina Department of Labor is investigating the death of a 19-year-old worker who was killed after being pulled into a wood chipper his first day on the job.
Wal-Mart employee Jdimytai Damour was trampled to death in 2008 by a Black Friday crowd. OSHA fined Wal-Mart $7,000 in connection with the incident. The retail giant still hasn’t paid the fine five years later.
The final, and most comprehensive, report on the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico points to seven company practices that contributed to the incident. They’re the types of mistakes that could be made by any company, not just an oil giant.
The federal agency that investigates workplace disasters involving chemicals has identified its seven most important chemical safety improvement goals. The agency’s reason for choosing these specific goals: catastrophes that have killed dozens of workers, injured hundreds more and caused millions of dollars in property damage.
Earlier this week, BP released its report on the causes of the April 20 explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that killed 11 workers and spilled an estimated 206 million gallons of oil into the ocean. In some quarters, the reaction to BP’s report has been anything but positive.
Recently, we wrote that an Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission ruling could make it more difficult for OSHA to get willful citations to stick. Now, a lawyer specializing in OSHA citation appeals has expressed the same opinion, and we have anecdotal evidence that this is already happening.
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.
Authorities have corrected earlier reports that said a worker on a team clearing debris in Nevada City, CA, had been killed in a wood chipper. The machine was involved in the fatality, but the worker was not pulled into it.
Pressure cooker at Bumble Bee (photo: Cal/OSHA) To settle criminal charges, Bumble Bee Foods will pay $6 million and two managers will pay a total of $30,000 in fines in connection with the death of a worker inside a tuna oven at the company’s Santa Fe Springs, CA plant.
The owner of a Philadelphia roofing company faces up to 25 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines in connection with the death of his employee who died after falling 45 feet.
A business owner has agreed to pay $447,000 in restitution in a case that started with the death of a worker in a tortilla dough mixer.
Authorities in California have arrested a business owner in connection with the death of a worker in a trench in January 2012.
It’s one of the biggest safety disasters in recent memory. Now federal prosecutors have gone to the top to hold a company official responsible for conditions that led to workers’ deaths. And the CEO’s habit of micromanaging the company’s operations may come back to bite him.
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.
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.
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