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Study Will Test California Firefighters’ Toxin Exposure

Researchers are studying whether firefighters suffered any toxic exposure in last month’s deadly Northern California wildfires. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that researchers plan to take blood and urine samples from 200 firefighters for the study. A cancer-research organization of …

Company to Require Helmets for Ski Resort Employees after Maine Worker Death

A company that operates nine ski resorts in the U.S. and Canada will require workers to wear safety helmets when working on the mountains. The new policy follows the death in March of Alexander Witt, who wasn’t wearing a helmet …

New Rules for Oil-Gas Lines Proposed Following Colorado Blast

Colorado energy regulators are proposing tighter rules for shutting down oil and gas pipelines after a fatal explosion blamed on natural gas leaking from a line that was thought to be out of service but was still connected to a …

In 1st Year, South Dakota OSHA Office Handles 105 Inspections

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in South Dakota plans to add another inspector after its first year of operation because of the volume of inspections it’s handling. The five-person office conducted 105 inspections in the last fiscal year, …

Fines for Workplace Deaths in Nevada Reduced Often

Companies that contested Nevada workplace safety citations after an employee died on the job received reduced fines about half the time. An analysis of state and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration fatality records by the Las Vegas Review-Journal showed …

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 – …