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Oil Tank Blast in Colorado Kills Worker, Safety Questions Follow

An oil tank explosion in northern Colorado killed a worker and burned three others, shooting up flames just miles away from an unrelated gas blast last month and prompting fresh questions about safety in one of Colorado’s largest industries – …

Workplace Regulation to Reduce Incidents at California Oil Refineries OK’d

California’s Department of Industrial Relations’ Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board today approved a regulation aimed at strengthening workplace safety and health at oil refineries across the state. The new regulation is designed to provide a framework for anticipating, preventing …

Washington Tunnel Collapse Renews Safety Concerns over Nuclear Site

Thousands of workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation were told to stay home as efforts began to plug a hole that developed in the partial collapse of a tunnel containing dangerous radioactive waste from the building of nuclear bomb materials. …

Demolition on Washington’s Hanford Plutonium Plant Resumes

Demolition of a major plutonium plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state has resumed after radioactive contamination was detected in a rubble pile. The work restarted this week at the Plutonium Reclamation Facility after being halted in late …

Washington Construction Firm Fined More than $200K for Safety Violations

A Puyallup, Wash. construction company faces a large fine for numerous repeated safety violations that exposed workers to potential falls and other hazards at a residential construction site in Olympia, according to the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. …

Wisconsin Company Cited in Teen’s Machine Shop Death

A federal workplace safety agency has cited a Wisconsin company after a teenage worker was fatally injured at a machine shop. The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration said Tuesday it has issued multiple safety and health violations against G.D. …

Groups Suing Seattle over Voter-approved Hotel Workplace Safety Measure

Seattle is being sued over a voter-approved measure requiring new workplace protections for hotel workers. The American Hotel and Lodging Association, Washington Hospitality Association and Seattle Hotel Association say provisions of Initiative-124 duplicate or clash with existing laws. The Seattle …

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Nuclear Plant Lawsuit in Washington

A federal judge has rejected the U.S. Department of Energy’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Washington state over worker safety issues at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice rejected an Energy Department argument that …

Owner of Washington Asbestos Company Pleads Guilty to Bogus Certifications

The owner of a company that provided federally mandated training for construction firms that work with asbestos has pleaded guilty to giving certifications to people he knew had not taken his course. U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes says Isaac Cole owned …

State Taking Steps to Protect Washington Nuclear Site Workers

Washington state asked a federal judge this week to issue an injunction requiring the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to take steps to protect workers at a major nuclear waste storage site. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson …