Trump Names Coal Executive to Head MSHA

As deaths in coal mines rise, President Trump last Friday nominated retired coal mining executive David Zatezalo to head the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Now there’s been a lot of outrage and alarm that Trump would appoint a coal company executive to head MSHA. But what did you expect? There are basically four types of people…

Weekly Toll: Workers Continue to Die In American Workplaces

Retired firefighter, 59, dies of 9/11-related cancer, 16 years after he spent weeks at Ground Zero New York, NY — The 9/11 terror attacks have claimed the life of another firefighter who spent weeks at Ground Zero, according to the union that represents city firefighters. Retired FDNY Firefighter Michael O’Hanlon, a 30-year veteran of Engine…

Post-Harvey Chemical Plant Start-Ups: Something Wicked This Way Comes

The Department of Labor yesterday announced a number of initiatives to address the impact of Hurricane Harvey. Among those was an announcement that OSHA will cease conducting programmed enforcement actions in the affected areas to avoid disrupting recovery operations. This makes sense, sort of. “Programmed inspections” are “optional,” to the extent they are not legally…

Harvey: The Extent of the Disaster In Chemical Corridor

For Your Reading “Pleasure” The explosions in the Arkema Chemical plant in Crosby, Texas will most likely not be catastrophic. But the breakdown in this facility’s ability to safely withstand Hurricane Harvey elevated the issue of chemical plant safety in the era of climate change. And that could be a good thing. Below are just…

Harvey Update: Flooded Chemical Plant Explodes. Trump Policies Increase Future Risk

Cable news and newspapers across the country are headlining the continuing explosions at the  Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, that was flooded by Hurricane Harvey.  The plant was evacuated after power failed and several containers full of volatile chemicals that required cooling threatened to explode when power was lost and the generators failed. At…

Trump to Visit Company Where Worker Was Killed After Company Removed Guard

Donald Trump is on his way to Springfield, Missouri today to deliver a major speech about tax cuts reform at the Loren Cook company. Loren Cook, one of Springfield’s largest companies, manufactures fans, blowers, gravity vents and laboratory exhaust systems and employees 1,000 workers. And the company’s executives are big Trump supporters: Loren Cook II, vice-president…