DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Workplace Safety Lies: Two cases in which money won out

California giant PG&E was recently charged with lying to federal investigators during the investigation of a pipeline explosion that resulted in eight deaths and leveled a neighborhood. PG&E is accused of trying to mislead National Transportation Safety Board investigators, and keeping shoddy records, not keeping track of safety threats and failing to act on them. 

The charges could result in over $1 billion in fines. The power utility also faces $2.5 billion in civil fines from regulators such as the PUC.

Find out more
>> http://www.isssource.com/more-charges-for-pge-for-pipeline-blast

GM admits: We put dollars before consumer safety

Remember the faulty ignition switch that resulted in General Motors' recall of 1.6 million vehicles? The vehicle could suddenly lose power and cause the airbag to crash. GM linked 13 deaths to the defect. The CEO later appeared before Congress and apologized, later admitting that GM's safety culture prioritized dollars over consumer safety.

Apparently true to the CEO's promise for change, GM has improved its safety team and issued already 66 vehicle recalls this year, which affects a total of 29 million vehicles.

Now it has begun to accept claims for those impacting by the ignition issue. As of a week ago 135 claims had been filed, of which about half involved fatalities.

The U.S. Transportation Department has fined GM $35 million in safety violations for this issue.

Find out about the compensation fund >> http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gm-victim-fund-receives-65-death-claims

Find out more about GM's safety history
>> http://www.fairwarning.org/2014/07/reality-check-impact-general-motors-safety-scandal

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