In U.S. Steel town, fatal gas explosion goes unpunished by OSHA

By Jim Morris

The 2009 death of Nick Revetta exposes flaws in the system designed to protect American workers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nick Revetta":

"… head. Thirty-two years old, he left behind a wife and two young children. Nick Revetta’s death did not make national headlines. No hearings were held into the …"

"… 970, American workers are entitled to “safe and healthful” conditions. Nick Revetta’s death and the events that followed lay bare the law’s limitations, s …"

"… at was done missed the point," says John Gismondi, a lawyer who represents Nick Revetta's wife, Maureen, in a lawsuit against U.S. Steel. "It wasn't the right typ …"

"… for Public Integrity, OSHA said it conducted a "thorough investigation" of Nick Revetta's death. "It was determined [that] there was insufficient factual evidence …"

IMPACT: Refinery union to seek safety fixes in contract talks

By Corbin Hiar

Refinery workers union says it will seek safer steps to prevent recurring fires and hazards

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… s of disasters and near-misses profiled in the Fueling Fears series by the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News.The series has found that the nation’s aging refineries …"

'Model' workplaces avoid special government scrutiny targeting hazardous industries

By Chris Hamby

'Model' workplaces avoid special scrutiny targeting hazardous industries

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… umably the same safety policies and procedures at its sites.”Valero spokesman Bill Day said there is a company-wide safety policy that is implemented at …"

"… inery in 1998 — three years before the site was approved into VPP.Valero spokesman Day acknowledged that there was a hydrogen sulfide leak but said the cause …"

BP's Iris Cross starred in two disaster PR campaigns

By Aaron Mehta

Before oil spills ads, BP's Iris Cross drew jury tampering accusations in earlier disaster

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… ry.  …"

"… history “until we make this right.”She became the very public face of BP, a soothing contrast to former CEO Tony Heyward, whose PR gaffes cemented …"

"… pany.This is not the first time Cross sought to soothe public anger from a BP disaster. One of her efforts in 2006 so angered a judge that BP was accuse …"

"… ger from a BP disaster. One of her efforts in 2006 so angered a judge that BP was accused of jury tampering and threatened with fines and contempt charg …"

Use of toxic acid puts millions at risk

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

A 2009 explosion in Corpus Christ sheds light on danger of toxic acid cloud

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mohsen Nazemi":

"… ted it could safely use HF at its refinery in Wilmington, Calif., recalled Mohsen Nazemi, the agency’s executive officer for engineering and compliance.The distr …"

Renegade Refiner: OSHA says BP has “systemic safety problem”

By Jim Morris and M.B. Pell

Two refineries owned by oil giant BP account for 97 percent of all flagrant violations found in the refining industry by government safety i

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… rd to take their commitment seriously.” …"

"… he past three years, a Center for Public Integrity analysis shows. Most of BP’s citations were classified as “egregious willful” by the Occupation …"

"… violations of a rule designed to prevent catastrophic events at refineries.BP is battling a massive oil well spill in the Gulf of Mexico after an April …"

"… s nationwide program and for the parallel Texas City inspection show that BP received a total of 862 citations between June 2007 and February 2010 for …"

'Retail exemption' shields some fertilizer facilities from stringent safety inspections, rules

By Chris Hamby

An exemption carved out two decades ago allows some fertilizer and other chemical facilities to skirt stricter rules and inspections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Safety":

"… the wake of the deadly blast in West, Texas, last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating whether this claim was justifie …"

"… , skin and respiratory system — to require it to follow OSHA’s Process Safety Management standard, issued more than two decades ago. But the standard c …"

Federal board concludes current chemical regulations are inadequate

By Bill Dawson

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2002 — The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, nearing the end of a lengthy investigation, has conclude

Excerpts from this story referencing "hazardous chemicals":

"… esigned to prevent catastrophic accidents involving a widely used group of hazardous chemicals are "inadequate."After its own investigation of the same issue, the Center …"

"… ment are whether the coverage of OSHA’s accident-prevention standard for hazardous chemicals should be improved, and how.The hearing will be held in Paterson, N.J., th …"

"… ded that the Paterson incident – which injured nine workers and released hazardous chemicals into the surrounding community – might not have happened if the plant’ …"

Bush administration kills safety regulation opposed by donors

By Bill Dawson

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2002 — The Bush administration quietly shelved a proposal to tighten regulations on a group of hazardous chemicals des

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"… nistration quietly shelved a proposal to tighten regulations on a group of hazardous chemicals despite evidence linking dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries to acci …"

"… n, N.J., where a runaway reaction in 1998 injured nine employees, released hazardous chemicals into the community and heavily damaged the plant.“OSHA cited Morton on s …"