Contractor Says it has Settled Lawsuit with Sick and Dying Coal Ash Workers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Attorneys for a group of workers who believe their jobs cleaning up a massive coal ash spill in Tennessee led to a slew of illnesses, including fatal cancers, have reached a settlement with the contractor who organized the cleanup for the Tennessee Valley Authority, according to a notice posted on the … Continue reading Contractor Says it has Settled Lawsuit with Sick and Dying Coal Ash Workers

Contaminated eye drops linked to another death, 81 infections: CDC

An outbreak linked to recalled eye drops has infected 81 people in Florida and in 18 other states, according to a recent update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC said it is investigating the strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Health officials said the strain, called VIM-GES-CRPA, had never been reported in the United … Continue reading Contaminated eye drops linked to another death, 81 infections: CDC

May 17: Stand Down to Save Lives | Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

Many accidents can be prevented with just a few minutes – or seconds – of precaution. The Stand Down to Save Lives is an opportunity for mine owners and operators to share safety measures that can prevent injuries and deaths. Host a toolbox talk, a discussion on common hazards, conduct workplace and equipment examinations, or … Continue reading May 17: Stand Down to Save Lives | Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

Another Horrific Shooting

Note: At Steady, we often provide our “A Reason to Smile” feature on the weekend. We apologize, but we felt it necessary to postpone this week’s installment in light of the mass shooting in Texas, one of so many mass shootings in recent days.  Another place. Another killer. Another scene of mass death. Another example … Continue reading Another Horrific Shooting

‘Dumb and dangerous’: US sees surge in efforts to weaken child labor regulations | Child labour | The Guardian

‘Dumb and dangerous’: US sees surge in efforts to weaken child labor regulations Ten states have rolled back child labor laws recently, with a federal bill to allow teens to work in one of the most dangerous industries — Read on http://www.theguardian.com/law/2023/may/01/us-surge-efforts-reduce-child-labor-regulations

October 1, 2022 Fatality – Final Report | Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

October 1, 2022 Fatality - Final Report Accident Report: Fatality Reference October 1, 2022 Fatality PDF VERSION OCTOBER 1, 2022 - FINAL REPORT .PDF (642.01 KB) FAI-6923436-1 UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION REPORT OF INVESTIGATION Surface (Crushed, Broken Limestone) Fatal Machinery Accident October 1, 2022 R J Valente Grafton Quarry … Continue reading October 1, 2022 Fatality – Final Report | Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, 2023 | AFL-CIO

Over the last 50 years, there has been significant progress toward improving working conditions and protecting workers from job injuries, illnesses and deaths. Federal job safety agencies have issued many important regulations on safety hazards and health hazards like silica and coal dust, strengthened enforcement and expanded worker rights. These initiatives have undoubtedly made workplaces … Continue reading Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, 2023 | AFL-CIO

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Investigation Westlake, Louisiana

Washington D.C. April 24, 2023 – Today, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released its final investigation report into a chemical fire and toxic gas release at the Bio-Lab facility in Westlake, Louisiana, in August 2020 following extreme weather during Hurricane Laura. In addition to recommending steps that the company and Louisiana … Continue reading U.S. Chemical Safety Board Investigation Westlake, Louisiana

Biden Administration Requests Big Budget Increase For OSHA | Workplace Safety and Environmental Law Alert Blog

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Biden Administration is seeking a 17% funding increase for OSHA under the Department of Labor’s fiscal year 2024 budget request. The FY 2024 budget request for OSHA is approximately $738.7 million, an increase of more than $106.3 million from FY 2023. The upcoming fiscal year begins Oct. 1. Released on March 9, the proposal … Continue reading Biden Administration Requests Big Budget Increase For OSHA | Workplace Safety and Environmental Law Alert Blog

CSB Issues New Safety Alert Focused on the Potential Hazards of Emergency Discharges from Pressure Release Valves – General News – News | CSB

Washington, D.C. March 6, 2023 - Today, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) issued a new Safety Alert titled “Hazards Posed by Discharges from Emergency Pressure-Relief Systems.” The CSB’s alert highlights hazards identified with emergency pressure-relief systems from four CSB investigations.  The alert advises facilities that while a discharge from emergency pressure-relief … Continue reading CSB Issues New Safety Alert Focused on the Potential Hazards of Emergency Discharges from Pressure Release Valves – General News – News | CSB

How a Koch-owned chemical plant in Texas gamed the Clean Air Act – Grist | Grist

How a Koch-owned chemical plant in Texas gamed the Clean Air Act - Grist | Grist — Read on grist.org/project/accountability/koch-oxbow-port-arthur-texas-clean-air-act-pollution/

OSHA Reiterates Concerns About Occupational Hearing Damage and Loss | Workplace Safety and Environmental Law Alert Blog

Seyfarth Synopsis: Occupational noise exposure is common in certain industries across the United States, such as construction, manufacturing, and even warehousing and logistics. According to OSHA, the “Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year.” Many industries conduct activities that may require an employer … Continue reading OSHA Reiterates Concerns About Occupational Hearing Damage and Loss | Workplace Safety and Environmental Law Alert Blog