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DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with what is happening at OSHA as well as other workplace safety news. Includes a report on the significant OSHA citations announced the previous week. Plus we scan national and local (and world) publications for workplace safety news. This is your source for the latest safety news.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Safety News Briefs

A weekly news feature summarizing safety related news.

We take a look at safety news from the past week. The following are links to safety related news that came out during the week ending November 17th.

Nabors blocks OSHA investigation at downed oil rig

Following an accident in which a derrick tipped over, Nabors Drilling — a subsidiary of Nabors Industries — exercised its right under Section 8 of the OSHA Act of 1970 to block OSHA’s entry into the rig site until OSHA obtained a warrant.

Read the story in the Dickinson press

OSHA rules put crimp on news photos

An interesting citation has come to light in an article in the Fort Wayne Journal; Gazette.  The local newspaper took a photo of a city employee working on working on a broken water main. The news photo showed an apparent OSHA violation. Someone from OSHA saw the photo and a citation was issued.

Newspaper photos are serving as surrogate OSHA inspectors. The article notes that now, when a news person shows up at a  city work site, all work now stops.

Read the editorial here

Aging asbestos-cement water pipes across U.S. pose a risk for workers

In this article in WaterWorld magazine the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) expresses their concern about workers being exposed to asbestos in water pipes. The article talks about workers in Houston, Texas who were exposed to asbestos in this way.

Read the article here.


Fire on Gulf Coast oil rig; 4 hurt, 2 may be missing

The ClarionLedger reports that an oil rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana last Friday sent four people to hospital Friday and two others were believed to be missing.

Read the story here.


Two BP workers charged with manslaughter in Deepwater Horizon disaster

Two men who worked for BP during the 2010 Gulf oil spill disaster have been charged with manslaughter and a third with lying to federal investigators, according to indictments made public last Thursday, hours after BP announced it was paying $4.5 billion in a settlement with the U.S. government.

Read the story here.


Related past posts:
OSHA Fatality Report - November 2011
Major OSHA Citations March 4, 2012
Wyoming AFL-CIO Calls For Safety Changes

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