Archives for August, 2008

Crandall Canyon 1st Anniversary

by Nathan Fetty An editorial in today’s New York Times is the latest media piece about the abysmal failures surrounding last summer’s Crandall Canyon mine disaster in Utah.  Now that investigators have revealed how the company knew of the mine’s dangers, the Times says, a criminal probe is in order. Plus, MSHA’s deference to the…

Occupational Health News Roundup

A new GAO report and testimony at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing made it clear just how far the military still has to go in preventing and responding to sexual assault. The American News Project shows wrenching testimony from Ingrid Torres, a Red Cross worker raped by a military doctor, and Mary Lauterbach, mother…

Tom Bethell of The Mountain Eagle urges us (and policymakers) to read the independent investigation of MSHA and the Crandall Canyon disaster, by two former MSHA District Managers, to understand how the Secretary of Labor’s demand for ‘compliance assistance’ programs set the groundwork for the deadly workplace conditions for our nation’s mine workers.  Posted with permission from The Mountain Eagle…

Cancer registry cock up in Maryland

by revere, cross-posted at Effect Measure The Health Care Renewal blog has made a business of chronicling the undreside of the American health care system: fraud, conflicts of interest by respected academics, bureaucratic incompetence and malfeasance. I do basic research and don’t get involved in health care delivery so I only refer to them occasionally,…

Crane Industry Pushes OMB for OSHA Rule

On July 28, five representatives of the crane industry met with OMB OIRA, including several who were members of the OSHA Neg/Reg committee, to press OMB to complete its review of the agency’s proposed rule on cranes and derricks.  The existing OSHA rule dates back to 1971.  Efforts to update the crane safety standards began in 2003 when a negotiated…

Tom Barton, the editorial page editor of the Savannah Morning News, blasts the behavior and attitude of the Imperial Sugar CEO John Sheptor and other senior executives in the wake of last week’s Senate hearing and the July 25 announcement by OSHA of a $8.8 million penalty against the firm.  Thirteen inviduals were killed in the combustible-dust disaster, three remain hospitalized…

OSHA Underground on Ed Foulke: Try harder

Kane at Osha Underground has posted an insightful, deservedly hostile response to OSHA Administrator Ed Foulke’s testimony at Tuesday’s Senate hearing on combustible dust explosions. In response to Foulke’s insistence that “The fatalities and injuries at the Port Wentworth sugar refinery probably could have been prevented, had Imperial Sugar complied with existing OSHA standards on…

Friday Blog Roundup

Bloggers keep us up to date on what’s happening in Congress: Lisa Stiffler at Dateline Earth reports that both houses have now passed legislation reducing the amount of lead and phthalates allowed in children’s products and increasing the regulatory strength of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Andrew Plemmons Pratt at Science Progress considers FDA regulation…

Celeste was the first to draw attention to the Department of Labor’s proposed risk-assessment rule, whose title appeared suddenly on the Office of Management and Budget website without having been published first in DOL’s regulatory agenda, and she’s continued to track the news about it and explain how it threatens worker health. Yesterday, Congressman George Miller…