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  • Business group sues OSHA over 'union walk around rule'

    09/08/2016 1:23:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 8, 2016 | Lydia Wheeler
    The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is suing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) over its so-called union walk around rule. The lawsuit, which the Pacific Legal Foundation filed on behalf of the small business advocacy group, charges that OSHA’s rule illegally foists union activists onto non-unionized businesses. Attorneys with the legal foundation say OSHA has for decades allowed an employee representative to accompany an OSHA investigator on a workplace inspection, so long as the representative is in fact an employee. But in 2013, the agency issued a memo that said an employee representative could be someone who...
  • Why Cranes Keep Falling

    02/27/2016 8:09:13 AM PST · by PROCON · 55 replies
    popularmechanics ^ | Feb. 26, 2016 | Tim Newcomb
    On February 5, a windy day in Lower Manhattan, a 565-foot crane collapsed and killed a man when it struck the parked car in which he sat. Crews had been planning to secure the Worth Steet crane because the forecast projected sustained winds at stronger than 25 mph, but they were too late. After the collapse, Mayor Bill de Blasio required crawler cranes, the mobile type of crane that can move around a work site, to cease operation and transition to safety mode anytime there are sustained winds of more than 20 mph or gusts of more than 30...
  • Whistleblower Employed By Federal Whistleblower Protection Program Fired For Blowing The Whistle

    In an interview with NBC Bay Area earlier this year, Whitman said he tried to warn OSHA leaders that his managers pressured investigators to close complaints without proper review to clear a backlog of cases. Whitman said his supervisor altered his reports by changing his conclusions and dismissed cases even when Whitman found they had merit. It didn't stop there: Whitman wrote letters to OSHA leadership and to the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez. "I had gone through every conceivable channel and what I saw was inaction," Whitman said. In the end Whitman told NBC Bay Area that he...
  • Caitlyn Jenner can use the ladies’ room (as per new OSHA mandate)

    06/09/2015 5:44:58 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 45 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 9, 2015 | Bob Fredericks
    It’s official — Caitlyn Jenner can now use the ladies’ room. The US Department of Labor has issued guidelines to private businesses that say transgender employees should be allowed to decide for themselves whether to use the men’s or ladies’ room. “The core belief underlying these policies is that all employees should be permitted to use the facilities that correspond with their gender identity,” according to OSHA guidelines released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the Labor Department. The National Center for Transgender Equality had requested the guidance.
  • Regulation Run Amok—And How to Fight Back

    05/11/2015 6:03:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    wsj ^ | Charles Murray
    At the end of the process, we will have a large number of regulations that meet the criteria for being pointless, stupid or tyrannical. Let’s just ignore them and go on about our lives as if they didn’t exist. I propose two frameworks for implementing this strategy. The first would be a legal foundation functioning much as the Legal Services Corporation does for the poor, except that its money will come from private donors, not the government. ... The other framework would be occupational defense funds. Let’s take advantage of professional expertise and pride of vocation to drive standards of...
  • Federal Workplace Safety Agency (OSHA) Takes On Transgender Restroom Access

    05/05/2015 2:25:27 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 5, 2015 | Jeryl Bier
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) isn't just about hard hats and safer machinery anymore. The federal government agency charged with regulating workplace conditions has formed an "alliance" with a "national social justice advocacy organization for transgender people" primarily to promote gender-appropriate restroom access. The agreement, signed on April 27, is part of a larger OSHA program to partner with groups "committed to worker safety and health to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses."
  • Reference manual on scientific evidence versus NO SAFE LEVEL CLAIM BY THE Surgeon General

    05/02/2015 2:27:29 AM PDT · by harleyrider1978 · 65 replies
    NYC C.A.S.H. reference manual on scientific evidence for federal courts | Open Information | multiples
    OSHA also took on the passive smoking fraud Reference Manual Scientificn Evidence Third Edition These limits generally are based on assessments of health risk and calculations of concentrations that are associated with what the regulators believe to be negligibly small risks. The calculations are made after first identifying the total dose of a chemical that is safe (poses a negligible risk) and then determining the concentration of that chemical in the medium of concern that should not be exceeded if exposed individuals (typically those at the high end of media contact) are not to incur a dose greater than the...
  • NEW EMAILS Could Send Democrat Elijah Cummings to Prison for Targeting Voter Rights Group

    03/05/2015 7:43:23 AM PST · by george76 · 103 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | March 5, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Last April House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released a report implicating Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in colluding with the IRS and Lois Lerner against the nonpartisan voters rights group “True the Vote.” Catherine Engelbrecht, the founder of “True the Vote,” testified before Congress in February. She was targeted by FBI, IRS, ATF, and OSHA after she filed for tax exempt status for her voters rights group. Engelbrecht said this during her testimony before Congress and Cummings, “Frankly, to sit before my accuser and be silent in the face of what he did was unconscionable.” ... This week the...
  • A-Treat soda halts operations after nearly 100 years (Allentown PA)

    01/29/2015 7:15:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Easton Express-Times via ^ | January 23, 2015 at 6:34 PM | Edward Sieger
    A-Treat Beverages has shut down operations after nearly a century of business in the Lehigh Valley. The company, headquartered at 2001 Union Boulevard in Allentown, notified its customers Friday afternoon that it had ceased operations, according to Eric White, a spokesman for Redner’s Warehouse Markets. A-Treat, a Lehigh Valley staple, had notified Redner’s chief operating officer, and White said he learned of the closing about 3:30 p.m. The A-Treat products currently on store shelves will be the only ones available to retailers, White said. A-Treat self-distributes, meaning each Redner’s branch was on its own delivery schedule, so White couldn’t say...
  • Ebola Strike: LaGuardia Airport Workers Walk Off The Job

    10/09/2014 8:17:35 AM PDT · by YankeeReb · 30 replies
    Inquisitr's daily viral news ^ | October 9, 2014 | Staff
    An Ebola strike began at LaGuardia Airport in New York City over fears of contracting the deadly virus. The airport workers strike currently involves only Terminal D workers, but air travel could still be impacted by the walk-off and protests. The AirServ company includes thousands of workers at five major United States airports. Representatives from the company told the media that LaGuardia Terminal D workers initiated the Ebola strike due to “documented health and safety violations.” Related complaints have also been filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration – OSHA. Ebola has become a particular concern for the...
  • Really Democrats, THIS is your plan to win in November?

    09/24/2014 10:06:42 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/24/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In Wisconsin the Republican incumbent governor Scott Walker is on track to win what seems like his yearly re-election to office. He is the most effective chief executive in memory. His TV spots are fresh, creative and as effective as he is. They drive his union and media enemies crazy. One of Walker’s TV spots shows him in an actual hole explaining how he helped get Wisconsin out of a hole. The pit is about eight feet deep and the camera angle covers Walker and a ladder leading to the top. The spot has a simple message and ordinarily would...
  • Union head files OSHA complaint over Scott Walker ad

    09/19/2014 4:34:53 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Meredith Clark
    Scott Walker can’t stop digging himself into a hole with union workers. After stripping public-sector union members of collective bargaining rights in 2011, one might think that there wasn’t more the Republican governor could do to anger workers. But Walker, who is locked in a tight race Wisconsin against Democratic challenger Mary Burke, ran afoul of the president of a local steelworkers’ union over a recent campaign ad. In the ad, Walker speaks to the camera from a deep hole. Jeff Kaminsiki, head of the United Steelworkers Local 2006, filed a complaint with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration over...
  • Today’s Death Toll:150 Workers

    05/09/2014 3:04:17 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 5/08/2014 | Mike Hall
    Despite significant advancements in workplace health and safety over the past four decades, 150 people will be killed on the job or die from job-related illnesses and diseases today, reports the 2014 edition of the AFL-CIO’s annual Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, released this morning.And that daily death toll, which has remained steady for the past several years, plus the 11.4 million work-related injuries and illnesses a year show:The nation must renew the commitment to protect workers from injury, disease and death and make this a high priority. We must demand that employers meet their responsibilities to protect...
  • EPA agents raid ammunition company on alleged ‘environmental violations’

    03/30/2014 7:42:36 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 75 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12:11 PM 03/28/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Environmental Protection Agency and FBI agents raided the ammunition company USA Brass over alleged “environmental violations” early Thursday morning. NBC Montana was tipped off by witnesses that federal investigators were there until at least 4 a.m. on Thursday. Federal agents could be seen going through the company’s building and taking items to a truck parked outside. EPA lead criminal investigator Bert Marsden said that the agency was looking into alleged “environmental violations” by USA Brass. “We are investigating alleged violations of environmental law,” Marsden said on Thursday. “An investigation takes as long as it takes, and I can’t provide any...
  • Union rep join federal government safety inspectors on site visits to non-union businesses

    03/22/2014 1:08:22 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/21/2014 | Patrick Howley
    SEIU and other labor unions can accompany the government inspectors on site visits due to a quiet and contested Obama administration rule clarification issued last year in response to a request from a union representative. Maurice Baskin, an attorney representing the Associated Builders and Contractors and the National Association of Manufacturers, said in testimony before the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections that OSHA’s clarification letter violates the OSH Act and the National Labor Relations Act. Section 9 of the National Labor Relations Act holds that an “authorized representative” must be an agent from a union that a majority of the...
  • The High Cost of Fracking Regulation

    02/12/2014 1:34:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 12, 2014 | Jeffrey Folks
    In Europe, where fracking is heavily regulated or prohibited altogether, consumers pay more than twice for natural gas than what they do in America (currently $11.59 per mBtu vs $4.78). As consumers, businesses, and electric utilities pay more, the result is a stalled economy and lower standard of living. Thanks in part to its large investment in solar energy, Spain's per capita GDP in current U.S. dollars has dropped from $31,679 in 2010 to $28,624 in 2012. Based on his recent words and actions, Obama wants the same for the U.S. Over half the homes in America heat with natural...
  • Proposed California law requires protective eye wear in porn

    11/13/2013 7:30:49 AM PST · by ken5050 · 80 replies
    National Review's "The Corner" ^ | 11/12/2013 | Alec Torres
    Only in California: An amendment to a recently passed law in California requires porn stars to wear protective goggles. This is what happens when the idiot party completely controls the state government. And we thought Bloomberg was bad. The link is below, and make sure you read all the comments. They are hysterical.
  • OSHA plans to make workplace safety reports public

    11/07/2013 6:18:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 7, 2013 6:10 PM EST | Sam Hananel
    Federal safety regulators on Thursday proposed major changes in workplace reporting rules that would require large companies to file injury and illness reports electronically so they can be posted online and made available to the public. Safety advocates said the proposal by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would put more pressure on companies to comply with safety rules and make it easier for employees and the public to identify businesses with poor safety records. But business groups contend making the information public could be misleading and intrusive.OSHA head David Michaels said the changes would provide better access to data...
  • Key IRS Exec Takes The Fifth, But Tea Party Couldn't

    05/22/2013 4:42:57 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 22, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: The rest of us must answer IRS questions under threat of perjury, but the agency's execs can take the Fifth. A Tea Party targeted by the IRS — and the FBI and OSHA and the ATF — thinks that's unfair. We do too. Lois Lerner, chief of the IRS' exempt organizations division when the Tea Party and other conservative groups were targeted for their opposition to President Obama, has invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to be questioned on her earlier testimony, her opening statement or any knowledge she may have of who ordered the targeting, who created the...
  • True Scandal

    05/20/2013 2:02:32 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 45 replies
    NRO ^ | May 20, 2013 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    Catherine Engelbrecht’s tale has all the markings of a classic conspiracy theory: She says she thinks that because of her peaceful political activity, she and her family was targeted for scrutiny by hostile federal agencies. Yet as news emerges that the Internal Revenue Service wielded its power to obstruct conservative groups, Catherine’s story becomes credible — and chilling. It also raises questions about whether other federal agencies have used their executive powers to target those deemed political enemies. Before the Engelbrecht family’s three-year ordeal began, Catherine says, “I had no real expectation or preparation for the blood sport that American...
  • Texas Fertilizer Plant Failed To Disclose Massive Amount Of Ammonium Nitrate

    04/21/2013 11:22:36 AM PDT · by OKRA2012 · 166 replies
    TPM ^ | 4/20/13 | IGOR BOBIC
    The West, Texas fertilizer plant where a powerful explosion killed at least 14 and injured dozens on Wednesday failed to disclose a massive ammount of ammonium nitrate ordinarily regulated by federal officials, according to Reuters. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires fertilizer plants and depots to disclose amounts of ammonium nitrate, which can be used to make a bomb, above 400 lbs. The West, Texas plant, West Fertilizer, reportedly held 270 tons of the substance, 1,350 times that limit.
  • Feds probe lethal blowout in West Texas

    04/09/2013 5:05:31 AM PDT · by thackney · 39 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 8, 2013 | Zain Shauk
    Federal safety regulators are investigating the blowout of an Anadarko Petroleum Corp. well in West Texas that killed two workers and sent three to the hospital, the company said. The blowout occurred Friday morning while a crew was operating a maintenance rig on a completed well in the Bone Spring play in Ward County. The rig hit a pocket of high-pressure natural gas that caused a blowout and threw the crew off the wellhead, the Ward County Sheriff’s Office reported. The men were contractors working for Anadarko and employed by Fort Worth-based Basic Energy Services. Anadarko, based in The Woodlands,...
  • OSHA promises to protect workers who report healthcare reform law violations

    02/27/2013 11:20:05 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    the hill ^ | 2/27/13 | Megan R. Wilson
    Workers who blow the whistle on violations of the healthcare law will be protected from retaliation by the federal government, according to new rules issued on Wednesday. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is encouraging people to turn in employers who fail to abide by the rules set in the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, the rules would shield whistleblowers who report employers who are blocking access to healthcare tax credits or denying coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions. In the 58-page interim rule, OSHA notes that the healthcare law could “create an incentive for an employer to retaliate against...
  • Nixon hailed as foreign policy genius at centennial of birth

    01/07/2013 5:26:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jan 6, 2013 5:52pm EST | Brandon Lowrey
    At a ceremony commemorating the late U.S. President Richard M. Nixon’s 100th birthday, politicians, a military official and Nixon’s eldest daughter on Sunday remembered him as an underappreciated president and a foreign policy genius. Nixon, the Cold War-era Republican stalwart who opened U.S. relations with communist China, was the only American president to resign from office, leaving the White House in disgrace over the Watergate scandal. “He looked at (the world) as a world with 200 countries and 200 leaders, and he studied every one of those leaders, and he knew most of them,” said Bruce Herschensohn, a friend and...
  • Obama's War On Coal Continues

    11/02/2012 4:13:38 PM PDT · by Colorado Doug · 17 replies
    Self | 11/02/2012 | Self
    As coal mines shut down due to Obama's war on coal and the promise of more EPA regulations on coal fired plants, Obama seems to be tightening the regulatory vice on coal mines even more. A couple of Weeks ago I was at a coal mine while a gaggle of people in US government tagged vehicles were touring it. Okay, an MSHA inspection, I thought to myself. Not something you see every day but not unheard of either. Yesterday at the same mine, every truck that entered the site was shut down and put in line for an inspection by...
  • OSHA targets shooting range

    06/25/2012 10:33:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 23 June, 2012 | David Kopel
    The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a citation, along with a proposed fine of $111,000 fine (OSHA press release here), against Illinois Gun Works–a gun store and gunsmith business which has a shooting range and teaches safety classes. HT Instapundit and David Codrea. In a November 2009 article for the NRA magazine America’s 1st Freedom, I warned about the dangers of President Obama’s nomination of David Michaels as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (head of OSHA), based on Michaels’ well-established record as an anti-gun advocate. Many of alleged OSHA violations at the safety...
  • OSHA shooting range ruling points to agenda besides worker safety(IL)

    06/17/2012 4:45:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    16 June, 2012 | David Codrea
    An Illinois gun range has been cited for “27 serious violations includ[ing] 13 for violating the lead standard” resulting in proposed fines of $111,000, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced in a news release earlier this week. Illinois Gun Works Ltd. was cited for “failing to implement engineering and work practice controls” following “a Jan. 21 inspection referred by the Illinois Department of Public Health.” The citation, issued on June 6, also included what OSHA defines as “serious violations” that “include failing to implement a hazard communication program, train workers on hazardous …label chemical bottles…administer an effective hearing conservation...
  • US Dept of Labor's OSHA cites Illinois Gun Works for exposing workers to lead, other hazards (IL)

    06/16/2012 11:25:57 AM PDT · by kiryandil · 23 replies
    US Deopartment of Labor (OSHA) ^ | June 11, 2012 | .gov mouthpiece
    US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Illinois Gun Works for exposing workers to lead, other hazards at Elmwood Park, Ill., plant ELMWOOD PARK, Ill. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Illinois Gun Works Ltd. for 28 alleged health violations following a Jan. 21 inspection referred by the Illinois Department of Public Health that found two gun range operators were exposed to airborne lead levels up to 12 times the permissible level. Proposed fines total $111,000. "Illinois Gun Works has a responsibility to protect the health of its employees by ensuring that they operate...
  • EPA Messing With Texas [We're all Texans.. and Catholics now]

    02/10/2012 12:33:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 10, 2012 | Phil Hoppman, President of Big D Metalworks and spokesman for Halt The Assault
    Here in Texas we produce a variety of products and services, notably energy, agricultural, and technology related, but also across many sectors (including my own construction industry). We also create and produce jobs. In fact, we do it as well if not better than any other state. Part of the right formula for job creation here in Texas has been lower taxes and less regulations. We have no state income tax and our legislature meets infrequently, denying them opportunity to do much meddling. These simple principles has led many companies to set up in this State, and in return many...
  • Company Fined for Grain Silo Fatalities

    12/09/2011 11:53:55 AM PST · by Miami Vice
    Legal News Line ^ | 12-9-11 | MIchael P. Tremoglie
    - The U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday that it reached an agreement with the grain company Haasbach resolving 25 citations issued by the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The agreement follows the fatal accidents of ...
  • OSHA Wastes $200k for Mobile APP that Doesn’t Work

    11/23/2011 8:36:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Big Government ^ | 11/23/11 | Publius
    The infamous $640 toilet seat which the Pentagon purchased back in the 1980′s now has a crappy, excuse the pun, modern day equivalent: a government-made mobile app with a price tag of $200,000. Rich Jones of, a job board for hackers, downloaded and installed the Heat Safety app from OSHA. It’s a straightforward service that finds your current location, measures the heat and humidity and serves up a warning with notes if the temperature is dangerous. One might call it the kind of app that could have been created for less money by simply telling people to stick their...
  • Jumbotron Company Owner Crushed by Monitor

    08/16/2011 9:25:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    A man was killed Monday afternoon as he disassembled equipment used for last weekend’s Fiesta rodeo and horse show at Earl Warren Showgrounds. According to Santa Barbara County Fire spokesperson Brian Hayden, the victim — identified as 49-year-old David Mann of Thousand Oaks — was crushed when a 1,500 pound-monitor fell from a forklift on top of him at around 1 p.m. Mann was owner of Thousand Oaks-based JumboScreen Co. Workers were able to lift the monitor from Mann before rescue crews responded, but medics arrived to find him in respiratory failure. He was transported to Cottage Hospital where he...
  • (Space) Shuttle worker dies in fall from launch pad

    03/14/2011 8:13:07 AM PDT · by musicman · 32 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | March 14, 2011 | Orlando Sentinel
    A United Space Alliance employee fell to his death this morning while working on Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, according to NASA. Details about how the man fell, or what he was doing prior to the fall, remains unclear, said NASA spokeswoman Candrea Thomas.
  • Small business owner stands up to government

    08/23/2010 9:14:33 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 48 replies
    St Louis Post-Discratch ^ | August 18th | Bill McClellan
    Gary Heffernan has been a tuckpointer for 35 years. For the last 20, he has been in business for himself. He operates Heff's Tuckpointing out of his home in south St. Louis. Heff's is a small company with two employees - Heffernan and his nephew. Still, it's a successful operation. "We stay busy. We have about all the work we can handle, and it's all referrals," Heffernan told me. It's almost all residential work. The occasional commercial job is usually a small, storefront business. In April, Heffernan and his nephew were working on a house in the 6400 block of...
  • Somali insurgents killed by own bombs

    08/21/2010 7:11:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    UPI ^ | 8/21/2010
    MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- An explosion at a house used as a bomb-making center by the Somali militant group al-Shabaab killed several people, a member of the group said Saturday. The unnamed militant described the dead as "top fighters" and said they included both Somalis and foreigners, Garowe Online reported. The man said two vehicles loaded with explosives to be aimed at African Union peacekeepers and Somali security forces blew up. Sheik Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansoor, deputy leader of al-Shabaab, owns the house in Mogadishu. Maj. Barigye Bahuko, a spokesman for AMISOM, the African Union military mission, said...
  • Report: Capitol Littered With Workplace Hazards

    07/28/2010 10:06:06 AM PDT · by greatplains · 4 replies · 3+ views
    Manufacturing Weekly ^ | 07/19/10 | Alex Irwin
    Everyone knows the one about glass houses — everyone except the feds, apparently. A recent report revealed the U.S. Capitol and surrounding buildings have an estimated 6,300 workplace hazards. While Obama’s OSHA continues to ramp up fines, criminal penalties and oversight for companies, the seat of the legislative branch wouldn’t even pass its own inspection, according to a recent report from the Office of Compliance. And many of the hazards pose major risks to employees — one-quarter of them could be deadly or cause serious injury. And some will cost a lot to fix. One example: A fire hazard in...
  • 15 insurgents killed by their own bombs in Afghan mosque (major work accident).

    06/28/2010 1:06:55 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 49 replies
    Deutsche Presse-Agentur ^ | 6-28-10 | staff
    Kabul - Eight Arab, five Pakistani and two Afghan militants were killed when bombs they were making exploded prematurely inside a mosque in eastern Afghanistan, the Interior Ministry said Sunday. The insurgents were assembling bombs in Desi Mosque of Yousifkhela district in the south-eastern province of Paktika on Friday, the ministry said. Pakika borders the Pakistani town of Wana, where Taliban militants are said to have training bases. Afghan officials have repeatedly blamed Islamabad for not doing enough to clamp down on cross-border infiltration by insurgents. In the northern province of Kunduz, several Taliban fighters including a foreign insurgent commander...
  • Police: Man Sucked Into Sausage Seasoning Machine

    05/23/2010 11:14:35 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 34 replies · 894+ views
    AP ^ | May 23, 2010 | AP
    Police: Man sucked into sausage seasoning machine DANVERS, Mass. – Police said a cleaning man was taken to a hospital after being sucked into a machine at a sausage-making company in Danvers. The accident happened Thursday night as the man was cleaning the vacuum-type machine that is used to season the meat at DiLigui Sausage Co. Police said the man's head and shoulders became stuck in the machine after it somehow activated while being cleaned. Lt. Carole Germano told The Salem News that the man — whose name was not released — was freed from the machine and showed no...
  • ThyssenKrupp, OSHA, examine lead paint issues at Calvert, Ala. plant site

    05/07/2010 9:45:16 AM PDT · by suthener · 19 replies · 318+ views ^ | May 06, 2010, 7:47PM | Jeff Amy
    MOBILE, Ala. -- Federal workplace safety and ThyssenKrupp AG officials are investigating how some equipment at the sprawling Calvert complex came to be coated with lead-bearing paint, and whether any workers have been exposed to lead. Lead paint is outlawed in homes in the United States because the element, when ingested, can cause blood and brain disorders. But it's still allowed in some commercial and industrial paints domestically. Internationally, lead remains common in paint, and much of ThyssenKrupp's equipment is imported.
  • More of Congress Not Living By Rules Forced on Us

    02/26/2010 10:11:55 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 4 replies · 282+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 02/26/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    The Hill is reporting that 70 percent of our Congressmen's Washington offices violate OSHA’s workplace safety rules. Of course, if our employers were to be found in violation of OSHA rules we'd have our places of business closed down and the owners prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But, you see, Congress doesn't have to abide by the laws everyone else suffers under, now do they... Read the rest at
  • The Coming War against Home Schoolers

    02/12/2010 8:52:39 PM PST · by ciceroqpublic · 53 replies · 2,645+ views ^ | 2-13-10 | Brad Morrison
    So Toyota is in trouble, big, big trouble. They made some shoddy parts, or more truthfully, allowed their suppliers to make some shoddy parts and as a result some people died. This is not why they are in trouble. The reason that a cold chill is running down the collective spine of Toyota's employee base is that their old arch rival GM is on the ropes and the new GM CEO Barack Obama and corporate board, the House and Senate, have decided to destroy their sales base in the USA. Looking for proof ? The Secretary of Transportation actually went...
  • Victims Identified In Middletown(CT) Explosion (Bush's fault per Congressmen)

    02/08/2010 2:20:01 PM PST · by raybbr · 27 replies · 1,641+ views ^ | February 8, 2010 | N/A
    MIDDLETOWN - The five people who died in the Kleen Energy plant explosion on Sunday included three Connecticut residents, as well as one man from Missouri and one from Canada. Peter Chetulis of Thomaston; Chris Walters of Florissant, Missouri, and Roy Rushton of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, were killed in the blast, according to a release from the Middletown Police Department. Colchester resident Ronald Crabb, 42, and Old Saybrook resident Raymond E. Dobratz, 58, were also killed. Crabb and Dobratz worked as pipefitters. It was unclear what jobs the other men held. The cause of death was undetermined, the release states....
  • Senate committee approves anti-gun left-wing ideologue to head OSHA; Nominee backs junk science, too

    11/19/2009 10:54:03 AM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 888+ views ^ | November 18, 2009 | Hans Bader
    David Michaels, a left-wing ideologue who supports junk science and seeks to restrict gun possession, has been approved by the Senate Health Committee to head the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Only two Senators -- both Republicans -- voted against Michaels, who was nominated by President Obama. The vote occurred with no discussion, and no hearing was even held on his nomination, although hearings have consistently been held on nominees in the past, even for far less controversial picks. Gun-law expert David Kopel explains how Michaels wants to ban guns in and near workplaces, and could use his...
  • Democrats/GAO: Business Lies and People Die

    11/18/2009 7:10:22 PM PST · by NEPAConservative · 154+ views
    Annuit Cśptis ^ | 11/18/209 | NEPAConserative
    Here’s another case of you can trust us but you can’t trust them. I’m talking about how big government thinks there is something fishy about the workplace becoming a safer place. It comes as no surprise that liberals think big business (the enemy) has something to hide. If we can only investigate the hypocrites that want the investigation. Here’s a thought: with 10.2% unemployment and a serious decline in manufacturing jobs over the past 20 years does it really come as a big surprise that work place incidents are on the decline? Let’s see… less people are working, less places...
  • OSHA pick Michaels will use 'public health' scheme to 'regulate' guns

    08/20/2009 4:58:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies · 1,854+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 August, 2009 | David Codrea
    We talked yesterday about anti-gun David Michaels, Obama's pick to head the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. And we saw that a "public health" excuse for infringing on the right to keep and bear arms has been used in the past. Continuing from "Second Opinion: Measuring the Violence": A pilot project at CDC in the 1990s to monitor firearm fatalities drew ire from gun advocates and was stopped after three years. Now all money appropriated to CDC to study injuries comes with a stipulation from Congress that the funds cannot be used to advocate for gun control. Why was that?...
  • David Michaels and gun control

    08/17/2009 5:20:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies · 1,188+ views ^ | 15 August, 2009 | Walter Olson
    The controversial OSHA nominee and left-leaning public health advocate also seems to have strong views on firearms issues. That’s by no means irrelevant to the agenda of an agency like OSHA, because once you start viewing private gun ownership as a public health menace, it begins to seem logical to use the powers of government to urge or even require employers to forbid workers from possessing guns on company premises, up to and including parking lots, ostensibly for the protection of co-workers. In addition, OSHA has authority to regulate the working conditions of various job categories associated with firearms use...
  • Chocolate Plant Where Worker Died Operating Illegally

    07/10/2009 1:34:05 PM PDT · by null and void · 39 replies · 1,765+ views
    Manufacturing.Net ^ | July 10, 2009
    Officials say a cocoa processing facility in New Jersey where a worker fell into a vat of melting chocolate and died was operating illegally. Camden cited Lyons & Sons Inc. for not having a business license after Vincent Smith II died Wednesday. Authorities say the 29-year-old was hit by a paddle used to mix chocolate. Company spokesman Kevin Feeley says it's a "misunderstanding" and Camden officials knew the firm was operating in the former Campbell Soup plant. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death. The Philadelphia Inquirer also reports the federal Food and Drug Administration is...
  • Man Dies After Fall Into Chocolate Tank

    07/08/2009 10:18:31 AM PDT · by freespirited · 99 replies · 3,832+ views
    MyFOX Philly ^ | 07/08/09
    CAMDEN, N.J. - Police said a man died Wednesday morning after falling into a tank full of chocolate at a Camden business. Police were called to a warehouse and manufacturing facility on the 700 block of North 36th Street around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a man who had fallen into hot chocolate. The man had been in the melting pot for about 10 minutes by the time crews arrived, and by the time he was pulled out of the chocolate it was too late. He was declared dead shortly after 11 a.m. The turnout gear of firefighters...
  • Workers to realign casino's out-of-kilter parking garage

    04/03/2009 7:29:52 AM PDT · by RS_Rider · 55 replies · 1,334+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 04-03-2009 | Mark Belko
    If the huge parking garage being built behind the Rivers Casino on the North Shore seemed a bit out of kilter recently, your eyes didn't deceive you. Parts of the nine-level garage were found to be leaning by nearly a foot, prompting intervention by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and a plan of action by contractors to straighten things out. Despite the problems, OSHA found the garage to be "safe and structurally sound," Acting Area Director Frank Librich said yesterday. "At no time during erection were employees in danger of a building collapse." The agency became involved after...
  • Gun law gets its day in court (OK law against employer bans on workers keeping guns in locked cars)

    11/20/2008 1:54:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies · 1,388+ views
    Tulsa World ^ | 11/20/2008 | ROBERT BOCZKIEWICZ
    DENVER — A lawyer who represents the National Rifle Association represented Oklahoma's governor and attorney general Wednesday in support of a controversial state gun-rights law. The law requires employers to allow workers to have guns in locked vehicles where they work. It was struck down 13 months ago by U.S. District Judge Terence Kern in Tulsa. In arguments Wednesday at the federal appeals court in Denver, lawyer Charles Cooper argued on behalf of Gov. Brad Henry and Attorney General Drew Edmondson that Kern was wrong. Cooper said his Washington, D.C., law firm earlier this year also supported the state law...