Occupational Safety and Health Administration

  • 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.

  • Dining

    August 10, 2000

    Oh, the Noise, Noise, Noise

    Eating out can be hazardous to your hearing