An employee faces a slow, painful recovery after being burned over 40% of his body following a workplace explosion.
Ingredients for disaster: flammable materials, confined space, no emergency responders on site.
On March 23, 2005, a series of explosions at BP’s Texas City, TX, refinery resulted in 15 fatalities and 170 injuries.
More U.S. workers were killed on the job in 2016 than in any of the previous seven years.
Six months ago, 29 men died in the worst U.S. coal-mining disaster in 40 years. Since then, another 13 miners have died, despite a crackdown by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). What’s going on?
Several OSHA investigators have been interviewing plant workers to find out what caused a grain elevator in Atchison, KS, to explode. The explosion killed six workers.
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.
It may be months before the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) releases its findings into the fatal plane crash of a Boeing 777 at San Francisco airport. But even now, in the initial days after the crash, there are lessons workers in any industry can take from the ongoing investigation.
Poor design of a dust collection system led to a flash fire that burned seven employees – one seriously – at an ink manufacturing plant in New Jersey, according to an investigation. On top of that, the report says the company’s emergency response was also lacking.
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.
OSHA has issued $963,000 in fines to a cleaning services company in connection with the deaths of two of its employees inside a railcar in April.
Since the Imperial Sugar explosion that killed 14 people, there’s been a lot written recommending companies have the proper equipment to deal with combustible workplace dust. This story shows that just having the equipment doesn’t guarantee you won’t have an explosion.
It looks like former Massey Energy Corp. CEO Don Blankenship will serve out the rest of his prison sentence now that an appeals court has rejected his arguments to overturn his conviction in connection with the deaths of 29 miners.
Just one U.S. senator is blocking a bill that would strengthen safety rules for oil and gas pipelines. The senator isn’t opposed to any particular part of the bill; he simply doesn’t like any additional federal regulation at all.
It happened after the Sago mine disaster in 2006, and it will most likely happen again, after 29 miner fatalities in an explosion in the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia: Lawmakers will seek new mine safety regulations.
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