Lawsuit Details Cause Of New Mexico Refinery Explosion

A survivor of a deadly explosion and fire at a southeastern New Mexico oil refinery has filed a lawsuit, saying the cause was a welding accident and that the plant operator failed to follow safety procedures. Juan Carlos Hermosillo, also known as Elias Aleman, remained hospitalized Thursday with...

BP To Pay $50.6M To Resolve US Labor Department Litigation

Washington, DC (CompNewsNetwork) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced that BP Products North America Inc. will pay a full penalty of $50.6 million stemming from the 2005 explosion at its Texas City, Texas, refinery that killed 15 workers and...

Final Rule Published on Cranes and Derricks in Construction

By Mike Sterling The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a new rule addressing the use of cranes and derricks in construction. The complete rule is available at http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2010-17818_PI.pdf . The regulation text is available at http://www...

OSHA’s Quest to Uncover Hidden Injuries

OSHA is more than half-way done in reaching its goal of inspecting 350 companies during a two-year period to gauge the accuracy of injury and illness recordkeeping. Read the article in the Houston Chronicle .

US Secretary Solis Renews Charter Of NSH Advisory Committee

Washington, DC (CompNewsNetwork) - Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today renewed the charter of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health. The charter will expire in two years. "Since OSHA's inception, NACOSH...

Solis Is To Establish Charter Of Maritime Advisory Committee

Washington, DC (CompNewsNetwork) - Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis will re-establish the charter of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health. Established in 1995, the committee is composed of approximately 15 members who...

OSHA Withdraws Proposed Interpretation On Occupational Noise

Washington, DC (CompNewsNetwork) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it is withdrawing its proposed interpretation titled "Interpretation of OSHA's Provisions for Feasible Administrative or Engineering Controls of Occupational Noise...

Free Download: Keller & Heckman Whistleblower Alert-Politics and Procedures: OSHA Keeps Control and DOL Conforms Energy and Environmental Whistleblower Regulations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a new rule, effective January 18 th , revising the procedures for handling whistleblower claims arising under the Energy Reorganization Act (ERA) and six environmental statutes: the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA); Federal Water Pollution...

OSHA Temporarily Withdraws Proposal For Musculoskeletal Disorders

Washington, DC (CompNewsNetwork) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced that it has temporarily withdrawn from review by the Office of Management and Budget its proposal to restore a column for work-related musculoskeletal disorders on employer...

Feds Investigate Texas Plant Fire That Killed 1

HOUSTON - (AP) Federal and state officials are investigating what caused a fire that killed one worker at a natural gas liquid plant east of Houston, a facility that since 2004 has paid thousands of dollars in fines for serious violations that included at least one other death. The latest incident. ...

OSHA Issues Enforcement Guidance On Personal Protective Equipment

Washington, DC (CompNewsNetwork) - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued the Enforcement Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment in General Industry *, a directive that provides enforcement personnel with instructions for determining whether employers have complied with OSHA...

OSHA Issues Guide To Help Businesses Comply With Cranes Rule

Washington, DC (CompNewsNetwork) - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued the Small Entity Compliance Guide for Cranes and Derricks in Construction to help businesses comply with the recently published Cranes and Derricks in Construction rule . OSHA published the rule in...

OSHA Publishes Final Rule Establishing Procedures For Handling Nuclear Retaliation Complaints

Washington, DC (CompNewsNetwork) - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently published a final rule that makes the procedures for handling whistleblower retaliation complaints under the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 and six environmental statutes consistent with retaliation complaint...

OSHA To Reach Out On Musculoskeletal Disorder Reporting

Washington , DC (CompNewsNetwork) - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, in partnership with the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, today announced a series of three teleconferences to reach out to the small business community for...

Congress Holds Hearing on OSHA Workplace Safety Regulations

Focus on Creating Regulations that Adequately Protect Workers Without Unduly Burdening Struggling Employers By John M. Stahl, Esq. The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections (subcommittee) of the Education and the Workforce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing on October...

Congress Holds Hearing on OSHA Workplace Safety Regulations

Focus on Creating Regulations that Adequately Protect Workers Without Unduly Burdening Struggling Employers By John M. Stahl, Esq. The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections (subcommittee) of the Education and the Workforce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing on October...

William A. Ruskin On Tort Litigation And OSHA

By William A. Ruskin OSHA standards can significantly affect litigants in work-related tort litigation. Plaintiffs generally attempt (with mixed success) to use evidence of OSHA regulations to establish the duty owed by the defendants in those cases. Courts around the country differ considerably...

The OSHA Regulatory Burden: New Study Debunks Job Killer, Anti-Competitive Theories

It is a truth universally acknowledged that OSHA workplace regulations are unduly burdensome, negatively impacting an employer’s competitiveness and destroying jobs for workers . The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is one of the most controversial regulatory agencies in...

The OSHA Regulatory Burden: New Study Debunks Job Killer, Anti-Competitive Theories

It is a truth universally acknowledged that OSHA workplace regulations are unduly burdensome, negatively impacting an employer’s competitiveness and destroying jobs for workers . The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is one of the most controversial regulatory agencies in our...

Fertilizer Plant Explosion Reveals Regulatory Flaws

A week after the explosion at the West Chemical and Fertilizer Company plant in West, Texas killed at least 15 people and destroyed homes and buildings - including a nursing home and a middle school - within a five-block radius, authorities still didn't know exactly what caused the blast. What...

I Walked Out Into West, Texas

By Stephen C. Embry, Esq. On April 17, 2013 an explosion at the West Chemical and Fertilizer Co., registering 2.1 on the Richter scale, leveled the plant and much of the surrounding town of West, Texas. The explosion was so powerful and destructive that it created a cloud of confusion as well as a...

Williams Mullen: Preparing for the Unexpected: The Affordable Care Act’s Whistleblower Provision

By Mary Pivec and Igor M. Babichenko On February 27, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published its interim final rule setting forth the procedures for handling complaints brought under the whistleblower provision of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). This whistleblower...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: OSHA: Coming to a Drilling Site Near You

By Lindsay M. Bouffard and David E. Dick In an effort to reduce fatalities in the oil and gas industry, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) created an Oil and Gas Regional Emphasis Program . This program, implemented in 2012, applies to all worksites in Texas, among other states....