February 2013 Archives

Federal lawmakers target combustible dust accidents

California readers who have toured old flour or textile mill museums may have learned from their tour guides that combustible dust used to be a serious health and safety hazard to workers. Combustible dust, defined as any finely divided solid material that is 420 microns or smaller in diameter, has caused some of the worst factory explosions in history. In addition, the fine particles can accumulate on workers' lungs, leading to serious respiratory conditions.

Loophole lets NFL players file for workers' comp in California

It is no secret that the job of professional football player is one ripe with injuries over the course of a player's career. The number of concussions and subsequent lawsuits related to those concussions is seemingly endless. One California attorney who himself is a former NFL player represents more than 1,000 retired professional players in their quest to obtain workers' compensation benefits from employers in the state of California.

California benefits from tougher workplace safety regulations

California readers might be surprised to learn that mining is actually big business for the state -- nonfuel, raw mineral production, to be precise. In fact, California has led the nation in nonfuel mineral production for six consecutive years, accounting for eight percent of the country's mineral commodities.

OSHA fines California company for workplace safety violations

The California Division of Occupational Safety & Health has proposed $963,200 in penalties against Chevron USA, arising from a fire at the company's refinery located in Richmond, California. Cal/OSHA's filings also include 25 citations against the company.

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