Arkema Chemical Plant Investigation Results in Weak CSB Recommendations

The Chemical Safety Board released its report on the Arkema chemical incident last week. You may recall that during the heavy rains in the Houston area following Hurricane Harvey last year, the Arkema chemical plant was flooded and lost all ability to control the temperature of reactive organic peroxides.  The company evacuated the plant and…

House Holds Worthless Hearing on “Regulatory Reform”

Sometimes you just have to wonder why House Republicans even bother. Yesterday they wasted the taxpayer’s money holding a ridiculous hearing on“Regulatory Reform: Unleashing Economic Opportunity for Workers and Employers,” —  basically an Obama hate-fest.  You can watch it here if you have an hour and a half of your life that isn’t worth living.…

Patterson CEO Bonus Slashed to $2.25 Million After Explosion Kills 5

Adding tragedy to catastrophe, Patterson UTI CEO Andy Hendricks is receiving only a paltry $2.25 million bonus for 2017 because the safety portion of his bonus calculation (and their top executives) was eliminated as a result of the explosion that killed five Patterson UTI workers in Quinton, Oklahoma on January 22. According to Energywire, The company’s six…

Tesla’s Recordkeeping Violations Show How Repeal of OSHA’s Volks Rule Hurts Workers

One of the first actions of the Republican Congress after Trump’s election was to repeal OSHA’s recently issued “Volks Rule” that allowed the agency to cite companies for continuing failure to accurately record injuries and illnesses. Now an article by Will Evans at Reveal shows how real workers are suffering because of automaker Tesla’s failure…

House Hearing on Reducing Worker Protections Tomorrow

The House Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections will hold a hearing tomorrow on reducing protections for the American workforce. Titled “Regulatory Reform: Unleashing Economic Opportunity for Workers and Employers,” the Republican majority has invited Karen Harned, Executive Director of the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center, Dr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President of the American Action…