U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration

  • Culture

    April 21, 2011

    Why Do Mexican Farmworkers Take a Shit in the Fields?

    And why aren't more Mexis part of the middle class?

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    BP Will Pay $50 Million Fine For Texas City Refinery, But You're Not Getting $80 Million Out Of Them, By God

    BP: This time they really mean it​BP will pay a whopping $50 million fine to the feds for chronic safety violations at its notorious Texas City refinery, OSHA announced today.The fine is whopping in terms of previous fines; it's more than double the previous record fine of $21 million, says OSHA ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    BP Defending Itself On Yet Another Pollution Front

    Still playing defense​During this economic recovery, we bet one place is hiring: the BP legal department.Not only is the company struggling to defend a crush of lawsuits connected to the oil spill in the Gulf, but now it has to deal with a $10 billion lawsuit for allegedly making thousands of peop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Houston Plant Gets Hit With $1.4 Million Fine

    ​The website for CES Environmental Services Inc., a waste treatment and disposal outfit located in Houston, states that the company "will, at all times, use a proactive approach towards health, safety and environmental issues towards our employees and clients work environment."Well, maybe not "at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Judge Says No To Beards In The HPD

    ​The effort by some Houston police officers to wear beards on the job (and off the job, too, we guess) was dealt a setback when a federal judge threw their lawsuit out of court.HPD brass trumpeted the decision by U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal in a press release in which chief Harold Hurtt said ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Obama, No Way. W And Some Dallas Cowboys? You Bet!

    ​Houston, whenever you worry the right-wing loons are making you look bad, take solace in this: There's always Dallas.North Texas was perhaps the country's capital of the awe-inspiring movement that kept schoolkids from hearing a president speak about staying in school. And the Dallas area played ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2008
  • News

    December 6, 2007

    Toxic Town: Cancer and Birth Defects in Somerville

    In Somerville, chances are far better than normal that you will die of cancer or give birth to a deformed baby

  • Dining

    April 5, 2007

    Swift Meatpacking Plant and Illegal Immigrants

    Swift & Company pitted employee against employee when it replaced injured workers with illegal immigrants

  • Film

    March 1, 2007

    Spoiler Alert

    Doc reopens the Nader debate: Is it his fault?

  • News

    February 15, 2007

    This Blows!

    Houston has a national rep for taking down buildings. So why are these eyesores still standing?

  • News

    August 3, 2006

    Without a Trace

    Professional death cleaners are hired to disinfect, deodorize and make it seem like it never happened

  • News

    October 2, 2003

    The Scalping of Sylvia

    A machinist gets maimed by a vintage lathe

  • News

    February 14, 2002

    Under The Volcano

    Crown Central Petroleum spews, sputters and flares up. Neighbors of the plant view it uneasily, never quite sure when it's going to blow.

  • News

    January 10, 2002

    Riding Short

    Houston firefighters say the city has been playing Russian roulette by carrying crews of three members instead of four on its trucks. Last October, Jay Paul Jahnke anted up with his life.

  • News

    September 6, 2001

    Wild Bills

    Heed the great wisdom of our legislators. Don't deal bats or bait police dogs.

  • Dining

    February 8, 2001

    Junk-Food Journalism

    A new book detailing the "dark side of the all-American meal" could use a little more beef itself

  • Culture

    December 21, 2000

    Flea Smitten

    The circus comes to town and leaves fans scratching their heads (and arms) in amazement

  • News

    August 3, 2000

    Tax Lean

    Want a subsidy for your corporate expansion? Local governments are ready with millions in property-tax abatements -- and very little oversight.

  • News

    August 26, 1999

    Down the Drain

    Downsizing may not be treating city water workers -- or what we drink-- safely

  • News

    November 12, 1998
  • News

    August 27, 1998
  • News

    May 29, 1997

    Shadow Over Texas City

    Petrochemical plants and refineries are the lifeblood of Texas City's economy. But for Hester Joiner and her neighbors, all they've provided are foul odors, property damage and mysterious ailments.

  • News

    October 31, 1996


    Rent by charges of corruption and ineffective representation, Teamsters Local 988 may be driving itself to destruction

  • News

    July 11, 1996

    The Fine This Time

    OSHA spanks Exxon for safety lapses at its Baytown refinery

  • News

    June 27, 1996

    Slab o' Trouble

    Some David Weekley homebuyers discovered their dreams were built on shifting sands. What's worse, they say, is that Weekley knew.

  • News

    May 9, 1996

    Beneath the Dogs

    A court victory for laid-off Latino workers spotlights the harsh conditions in Houston's surplus of small plastics plants

  • News

    April 18, 1996

    The Fire Next Time?

    Downsizing, outsourcing, deferred maintenance ... It all makes for a volatile mix at Baytown's Exxon refinery.

  • News

    November 23, 1995

    The Exterminator

    Tom DeLay, the bug man from Sugar Land, has always despised environmental regulation. Now, as House majority whip, he's in a position to do something about it.

  • Calendar

    February 9, 1995
  • News

    June 23, 1994
  • News

    May 26, 1994

    Hard Labor

    The employees of Allied Fibers came to America looking for work and freedom. They found work.

  • Calendar

    May 5, 1994