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Legislators agree on recovery and restoration plan for BP oil spill fine money

A landmark new bill that would direct billions of dollars in BP oil spill fine money to Gulf Coast recovery and restoration efforts cleared the Senate today with broad bipartisan support. Senators from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida — the Gulf states most affected by the BP oil spill – negotiated the long-awaited plan for months before coming to an agreement Thursday. The legislation is being welcomed throughout the country as a refreshing bit of progress made by a hyper-partisan government. The federal government will collect the funds under the Clean Water Act, which penalizes companies for polluting the nation’s ... Read More

Georgia company cited for multiple amputation hazards and other dangers

Several amputation risks were among the hazards that inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Atlanta office found throughout a Dalton, Georgia-based carpet graphics company. OSHA announced last week that it would propose penalties of $45,000 for safety and health violations it found while inspecting Qualitech Graphics Inc. in January. Workplace amputations are some of the most traumatic, debilitating, and unfortunately common accidents that happen to workers on the job. Sometimes the loss of fingers or limbs is a result of malfunctioning or improperly maintained equipment. Sometimes it’s a result of working around dangerous machines that lack the proper ... Read More

DePuy bribed Greek authorities for sales rights and contracts

An international division of DePuy Orthodpaedics Inc. has agreed to pay $7.9 million (£4.8 million) plus prosecution costs to settle a U.K. probe of illegal activities the company allegedly conducted in Greece. The investigation, led by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), found that DePuy International Ltd., based in Leeds, U.K., engaged in “unlawful conduct relating to the sale of orthopaedic products in Greece between 1998 and 2006.” DePuy International Ltd. is a division of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. of Warsaw, Indiana, which is owned by parent company Johnson & Johnson. The SFO investigation probed allegations that DePuy executives bribed officials in ... Read More

OSHA cites Montgomery company for trench cave-in hazards

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A regional office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Montgomery, Alabama, construction firm with penalties for exposing its workers to serious cave-in hazards while laying water pipe in a trench on Perry Hill Road in Montgomery. According to OSHA, inspectors cited the company , Dubose Construction Co., LLC, $46,200 for one willful safety violation for allowing its workers to work in an unprotected trench that was more than 7 feet deep. “The lack of cave-in protection at this worksite leaves Dubose Construction employees at risk of injury or death,” said Kurt Petermeyer, OSHA’s ... 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

Georgia paper company fined after plant worker loses fingers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited McDuffie Box Co. Inc. of Thomson, Georgia, for a number of safety violations following a factory incident that severed the fingers of an employee. Proposed penalties total $47,550. OSHA’s investigation found that the machine involved in the amputation incident lacked the proper machine guarding required by OSHA to prevent such an accident from occurring. Investigators also found a number of other violations concerning the lack of emergency stops on the factory machines, a lack of forklift training for workers, and inoperable horns on the forklift. The fines include one for a willful ... 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

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