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New Regulations to Improve Safety at California Oil Refineries Finalized

New regulations designed to strengthen workplace and environmental safety at oil refineries across the state were finalized this week. The regulations, which take effect on Oct. 1, include recommendations of the Governor’s Interagency Working Group on Refinery Safety, created after …

Tesla Workers in California Seek Safety Plan, Clarity on Pay

A group of Tesla Inc. workers in California have asked the electric car maker’s board to provide a plan to address employee safety and information on pay and promotion. The worker group, which hopes to become part of the United …

Chevron Spending $20M to Protect Workers in Wake of California Fire

Chevron Corp. and state regulators have reached a settlement related to a 2012 fire at its Richmond refinery that will require the company to spend about $20 million on safety improvements, officials announced this week. The agreement requires Chevron to …

Texas Lawmaker Seeks to Limit Austin’s Construction Site Worker Protections

Note: This article originally appeared in the Texas Tribune. Cesar Ovalde has been working in the construction industry for the better part of 15 years. Most of the time, he’s working on large commercial projects, and gaps in training, he …

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. …