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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Safety News Briefs - CalOSHA Rips Federal Agencies On Facebook

A weekly feature that provides short summaries of safety related news with links to the complete stories in other publications.

California OSHA Rips Federal Agencies on Facebook About Chevron Fire Investigation

The Mercury News is reporting that CalOSHA is claiming their federal counterparts were "grandstanding," "scaring" the public and are biased in their statements about the Chevron refinery fire.  The article states:

On Aug. 11, Cal/OSHA lead investigator Clyde Trombettas posted a statement on his Facebook page -- which is open to the public --criticizing the feds.

"Typical CSB grandstanding in the press," he wrote. "Scaring the public with half truths and misleading information. Two days into an investigation and they can't wait to talk to the press. Hmmm ... one might conclude they have a biased agenda. they don't even play nice in the sandbox."

The post has since been removed from Facebook.

Read the Mercury News article here.

Workplace violations going unpunished

The following report comes from Kentucky.com. Read the complete article here.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, states that choose to regulate workplace health and safety must ensure that their programs are "at least as effective" as the federal one. OSHA pays up to half the costs of such programs and is supposed to keep tabs on them.

By some accounts, it hasn't done a particularly good job. After news reports about a rash of construction worker deaths in Las Vegas, OSHA reviewed the Nevada program in 2009 and found a long list of flaws. Among them: State inspectors weren't sufficiently trained to identify construction hazards.

OSHA looked at the programs in the 25 other states and found deficiencies such as uncollected penalties in North Carolina and misclassified violations in South Carolina.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2012/08/17/2302053/osha-oversight-of-states-falling.html#storylink=cpy

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Safety News Briefs - Are MSHA Inspectors Liable For Miner's Deaths

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