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A recent report from the Department of Labor’s Inspector General concludes that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration face serious challenges moving into 2014 on a multitude of worker safety and health issues. While workplaces deaths have fallen since OSHA’s inception in 1970, more than… read more
The Wall Street Journal recently reported on a new proposed rule from the Labor Department that, for the first time, would require large companies to make their worker illness and injury records public. The new proposal, affecting companies with more than 250 employees, would drastically change current work-place safety reporting practices. According to the Wall… read more
In a letter Wednesday to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Antero Resources provided their explanation for a deadly natural gas well explosion that occurred last month in Doddridge County, West Virginia. In its report to state regulators, Antero stated that open hatches on a series of wastewater tanks allowed a buildup of gases… read more
A second worker injured from a July 7, 2013, drilling blast at a Doddridge County, West Virginia, drilling operation has died. According to various news outlets, the worker, Jason Mearns, 37, of Beverly passed away Sunday at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh. Mearns was one of five people who suffered severe burn injuries in the… read more