Statement of CSB Chairperson Sutherland on 12th Anniversary of the BP Texas City Refinery Disaster
Twelve years ago today, an explosion and fire ripped through the BP Texas City refinery in Texas City, Texas. Fifteen lives were lost and billions of dollars in fines and settlements resulted. On this anniversary day, we acknowledge those lives lost and offer our condolences to their family members.
Mine safety regulations in the U.S. require a protected and secure space—or mobile refuge alternative—in all underground coal mines. In the event of an explosion or other mining disaster that prevents miners from immediately escaping, refuge alternatives protect miners from exposure to carbon monoxide and other toxic gases by providing breathable air and a safe environment for 96 hours.
A White House proposal to eliminate funding for the U.S. Chemical Safety Board signals a full retreat from two decades of progress against chemical disasters and would, if enacted, put American lives in jeopardy, health and safety experts told the House Chronicle.
Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas and a staffing agency it works with have been fined $35,852 in penalties following safety and health citations for violations at its Monroe, Georgia facility, including deficiencies in the company's hearing protection and hazard communication programs, as well as an emergency eye wash station that wasn’t installed.
Cutting your food at dinner, driving to the store to get milk, walking through puddles on the floor from your shower, and navigating around a dog toy at 2 a.m. have all caused someone varying degrees of pain at some point.
Rockford Systems, LLC., a premier provider of machine safeguarding products and services, has introduced a new Cable and Push-Button E-Stop (emergency stop) assembly featuring a unique cam operation for faster positive stopping of metal working machines, yet is immune to nuisance tripping due to vibrations.
To: National and Field Offices
SUBJECT: Reduction of Air Pressure Below 30 psi for Cleaning Purposes
1. Purpose. To provide guidance and examples of what alternate systems will meet the requirements of this section, and to clarify its intent.
2. Background. A number of inquiries have been received requesting a clarification of the meaning of 1910.242(b) also known as 41 CFR 50-2048 under the Walsh-Healey Act.