Safe Workplace and Safety News
Blog Author Steve Hudgik
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
Labels: asbestos, hazardous materials, OSHA Inspections
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