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Refinery Fire Doused in South Texas, No Injuries

A fire at a Citgo refinery in in Corpus Christi, Texas, has been extinguished with no injuries, according to the petroleum company. The fire began in a pipeline owned by a third party shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Monday and …

Washington Fines Contractor for Blasting Violations, Worker Safety Issues

A reportedly unsafe blasting operation in Spokane, Wash., that put workers and the public at risk has resulted in an Idaho-based drilling company losing its license to perform similar work in Washington. The Washington Department of Labor & Industries has …

Washington Roofer Fined Nearly $375K for Putting Workers at Risk

A roofing company in Snohomish, Wash. is facing large fines from the state for multiple worker safety hazards and their violations at three different jobsites. After receiving calls from concerned neighbors, the Department of Labor & Industries opened inspections into …

Subcontracted Workers Most at Risk from Accidents in S. Korea’s Shipyards

Park Chol-hee was working the holiday shift at Samsung Heavy Industries’ Geoje shipyard on Labour Day, 2017, when a giant crane collided with another and crashed to ground, killing six people, including Park’s younger brother. “It was as if a …

Excavation Company Fined $31K for Fatal Colorado Trench Collapse

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined an excavation company for the deaths of two Colorado workers who were trapped for hours in a collapsed trench. The Fort Collins Coloradoan reported Friday that Firestone-based Backhoe Excavating was fined $31,446 …

Washington Dairy Bottling Plant Hit with $1.8M Fine for Safety Violations

A Battle Ground, Wash., dairy bottling and distribution operation has been hit with a large fine for multiple violations after a worker’s hand was crushed in the bottling plant. The Department of Labor & Industries has fined Green Willow Trucking, …

Montana’s State Fund Declaring $30M Dividend

The Montana State Fund board of directors has declared a $30 million dividend to be paid to its safest policyholders. The Great Falls Tribune reports that the Montana State Fund is the state’s largest workers’ compensation insurance company, insuring nearly …

Extreme Heat May Hurt Farms, Agriculture Industry: Report

As many as nine states could see heat indexes above 100 degrees for more than a quarter of the year by 2036, according to a new report. The impact of climate change will push the number of days with heat …

California Safety Board Oks Regulation to Protect Workers from Wildfire Smoke

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board has adopted an emergency regulation designed to protect workers from hazards associated with wildfire smoke. The regulation is expected to go into effect in early August and be effective for one year. …

Washington Hotel Owner Faces Charges Over Asbestos Removal, Fined $355K

A Seattle, Wash. hotel owner is facing a felony perjury charge and state Clean Air Act violations after authorities said he lied about having uncertified workers remove asbestos during a renovation. Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Friday he filed the …