Workplace Safety

  • 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

    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 >>

  • 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 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 >>

  • 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

    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

    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 >>

  • News

    November 13, 2008

    Bad Faith and Texas Mutual Insurance: Plausible Deniability

    State doesn't keep track of how many denials are reversed on appeal

  • News

    November 13, 2008

    Bad Faith and Texas Mutual Insurance

    Houston attorney Mike Doyle and TMI are locked in a battle over truth, lies and an employee's right to workers' comp benefits.

  • Dining

    April 5, 2007

    Swift Meatpacking Plant and Illegal Immigrants

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

  • News

    March 27, 1997

    Shell Games

    Did the petrochemical giant fudge the facts to get rid of a pesky worker?

  • News

    July 11, 1996

    The Fine This Time

    OSHA spanks Exxon for safety lapses at its Baytown refinery

  • 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

    May 26, 1994

    Hard Labor

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