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Consent decree filed against McNeil for substandard OTC drugs

A consent decree of permanent injunction has been filed against McNeil-PPC and two of its officers for failing to comply with current good manufacturing practice requirements established by federal law. McNeil, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, will not be allowed to manufacture or distribute drugs from its Fort Washington, Penn., facility until the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deems its operations comply with the law. Millions of over-the-counter medicines made at the facility have been recalled over the past year because of problems that were traced back to substandard quality control measures at the plant. McNeil’s Consumer Healthcare Division ... Read More

Feds order trucking company to install recorders after falsifying records

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered JBS Carriers of Greeley, Colorado, to install electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) in its entire fleet of 700 trucks for serious violations of federal regulations designed to keep truckers and the roads they travel safe. The order to install the devices comes in response to a comprehensive investigation by FMCSA’s Western Service Center, which found JBS in serious violation of federal hours-of-service (HOS) rules and commercial driver’s license (CDL) requirements. FMCSA cited the company for 102 counts of falsifying the hours-of-service records of their drivers and three counts of allowing drivers with ... Read More

Safety violations result in deadly explosion, $1.2 million fine

A New Hampshire gunpowder substitute manufacturer faces federal fines of $1.2 million following a deadly plant explosion in May that killed two workers who had been on the job for just a month. Officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted an investigation of Black Mag LLC’s facilities to determine the cause of the blast and found dozens of workplace safety and health violations, including failure to prohibit smoking in the facility and other basic safety and security measures. “The fines levied here pale in comparison to the value of the two lives lost,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda ... Read More

BP readying itself for unprecedented government fines for oil spill

On August 12, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced BP finally agreed to pay a record $50.6-million fine for safety violations that led to the 2005 explosion at its Texas City, Texas, refinery that killed 15 workers and injured 170 others. Now, in the wake of its oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, BP faces federal fines that will make the Texas City penalties look like pocket change. According to U.S. law, oil companies must pay penalties of up to $1,100 per barrel of oil accidentally spilled. However, if the oil spill was caused by a company’s gross ... Read More

Alabama lumber company faces steep fines after worker death

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited MDLG, doing business as Phenix Lumber Co., for 53 safety and health violations following the death of one worker and the critical injury of a second at its facility in Phenix City, Alabama. Proposed penalties total $439,400. In March, OSHA inspectors opened a follow-up joint safety and health inspection to verify abatement from a previous visit that identified failure-to-abate violations. Before OSHA could conclude its review, one worker was killed when his head was crushed between a motor being hoisted with a forklift and other equipment. Another worker was seriously injured after ... Read More

FAA fines show companies routinely ignore hazmat shipping regulations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been cracking down on shipments of hazardous materials and has published a notice of civil penalties issued against 11 companies. The FAA issued the fines in response to improperly packaged, marked, classed, described, or labeled hazardous materials. The penalties total $720,000 and range from $54,000 to $91,000. Hazardous cargo that is shipped in violation of federal rules and regulations poses a grave risk of injury and death to anyone in the vicinity of the package. Most of the packages were discovered by shipping company staff, customs officials, and airport personnel because they were leaking. ... Read More

Companies involved in Connecticut gas explosion fined $16.6 million

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the February 7 natural gas explosion at a Kleen Energy power plant construction site in Middletown, Connecticut that killed 6 workers and injured 50 others was the result of safety standards and regulations being “blatantly disregarded” by those in charge. OSHA cited three companies and 14 site contractors involved in the explosion with 371 workplace violations and proposed $16.6 million in penalties following an investigation into the causes of the deadly explosion. In connection with the explosion, OSHA cited O&G Industries Inc., the project’s general contractor; Keystone Construction and Maintenance Inc., which was ... Read More

Government says BP spilled 4.9 million barrels of oil into Gulf

Now that BP has temporarily plugged the oil spill and remains confident that a successful permanent plug is within reach, federal scientists estimate 4.9 million barrels of oil have gushed into the Gulf since April 22. The calculation makes BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill the largest in history, far surpassing Mexico’s 1979 Ixtoc spill, which released 3.3 million barrels into the Gulf. Government analysts believe the spill began more powerfully than it ended, releasing about 62,000 barrels of oil per day and gradually weakening as the weeks passed to about 53,000 barrels a day. A diminishing reservoir of hydrocarbons feeding ... Read More

BP developed precise oil flow measuring technology years ago

Kate Sheppard, a Washington-based journalist who covers energy and environmental politics in Mother Jones’ Washington bureau, recently came across an August 2008 article in BP’s magazine Frontiers in which the company boasts of its cutting-edge technological abilities to measure oil flow. The lengthy feature is called “Listening to the Flow.” It details the oil giant’s expertise in sonar-based flow metering, which uses sonar sensors placed inside a pipe to precisely measure the flow of oil. In the article, BP said that the technology was “proving its worth in the company’s operations around the world,” and with it, the company “has ... Read More

Wyoming the latest state to crack down on distracted drivers

Wyoming has become the 20th state to ban texting while driving, surprising many opponents given the state’s traditional reluctance to impose restrictions on drivers. Under the new law, which takes effect on July 1 of this year, drivers caught texting behind the wheel will receive a $75.00 fine. Wyoming’s punishment will be light compared to its neighbor Utah, which passed the harshest penalties for texting and driving in the nation, slapping violators with up to 3 months in jail and a $750 fine. On the other hand, California drivers found in violation of their state’s anti-texting law merely receive a ... Read More