Occupational Safety and Health Administration

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2014

    Seven Enforcement Actions, $270,000 in Fines, and 51 Violation Notices in Five Years is "Satisfactory" For TCEQ

    On Saturday morning, people living near the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte awoke to the rotten-egg smell of methyl mercaptan, the chemical used to scent natural gas so you can sniff out a leak before your house explodes. By day's end, news had surfaced that one plant worker was injured and anothe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2014

    Happy Labor Day! Houston Has More Workplace Fatalities Than Other Texas Cities

    Friday marked the end of the national Labor Rights Week, which takes place every year during the last week of August leading up to Labor Day. But Houston as a city isn't in the best position when it comes to worker safety. Labor Rights Week -- organized by the U.S. Department of Labor in conjunct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    EPA Finally Agrees to Clean Up CES Environmental's Mess

    After nearly four years of public outcry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finally agreed clean up abandoned industrial waste left behind by CES Environmental Services in southeast Houston. For years neighbors had complained about CES' Griggs Road facility, where the company cleaned ta ... More >>

  • News

    May 8, 2014

    Democrats Not Racing to Stand With Wendy Davis

    Davis isn't getting a lot of love from home Democrats.

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    Police Investigating Death at Fortune Cookie Company

    There's still no word on the identity of a 26-year-old man who may have met his doom inside of a dough mixing machine. Sunday afternoon, Houston police responded to a call of a dead body found inside of an industrial mixer at the Houston branch of the Wonton Food company. They're the leading makers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    One Worker Dead and Another Injured is Worth a $63,000 Citation, OSHA says

    How much is a death on the job worth to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration? It's valued at precisely $63,000, judging by the citation issued by OSHA to the Municipal District Services LLC in Cypress, Texas. In December 2013, company workers were trying to r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    OSHA Fines Tomball's Pigs Unlimited International Inc. for 19 Violations

    A Tomball company's fat is in the fire with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Administration, so to speak. The company, Pigs Unlimited International Inc., a foam and polyurethane pig manufacturer (we're talking about a piece of equipment sent up pipelines, not actual pig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Chemical Safety Board May Tell OSHA, Obama Administration, Off, Officially

    We've all seen the video. We couldn't help watching it, how the flames were licking the sides of the building, the smoke was coming out in plumes. We watched it, knowing what was about to happen, but it still came as a surprise when the fireball erupted and the fertilizer plant in that small North T ... More >>

  • News

    June 13, 2013

    Chemically Burned: Dow Chemical Tries to Avoid Hot Water in Worker's Death

    Brian Johns suffered chemical burns over 65 percent of his body in a Deer Park plant explosion. A representative of his company, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, tried to tell doctors Johns had just encountered some really hot water.

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    FEMA Denies West Rebuilding Funds

    To say that the town of West has had a rough time is pretty much the understatement of the year. Since a fertilizer plant exploded, killing 15 people and leaving half the town looking like it had been wiped out by a nuclear bomb, the people of West have been struggling to rebuild and move on from th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Cover Story: Chemically Burned

    Brian Johns went to work on July 17, 2012 at the Rohm and Haas in Deer Park, just as he'd done for years. Johns was changing a filter in an ammonium nitrate unit when there was an explosion that covered his skin with acid so that more than 65 percent of his body was burned. The big disasters are t ... More >>

  • News

    February 16, 2012

    Blood Money

    More than 200 soldiers are suing KBR for knowingly exposing them to toxic chemicals in Iraq, whose effects started with nose bleeds and could end with cancer. KBR says that didn't happen. But even if it did, the company isn't responsible. Taxpayers are.

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2008

    OSHA Fines Goodyear $67K After Death of Employee

    Five months after a Goodyear employee died following an explosion at a tire and rubber chemical plant in southeast Houston, the feds have issued a rash of citations to the factory for failing to safeguard its workers. But when it's all said and done, the fines would cost the company less than $70,00 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2008

    Imperial Sugar Hit Hard By OSHA

    The pride of Sugar Land, the Imperial Sugar Co., has just been hit by one of the stiffest fines ever handed out by the feds' worker-safety agency. OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said Imperial should be fined $8.7 million for violations at a Georgia plant where an explosion ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2007

    We Really Don't Understand How This One Made It Past Our Spam Filter

    From a Department of Labor press release: U.S. Labor Department’s OSHA cites steel erection companies for continued exposure of employees to fall hazards at Gadsden, Ala., area job site; Department proposes $123,750 in fines for serious and repeat violations

  • Dining

    August 10, 2000

    Oh, the Noise, Noise, Noise

    Eating out can be hazardous to your hearing