Fines for violations of federal workplace safety laws are set to increase for the first time in 25 years. The bipartisan budget deal signed by President Obama in November requires the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to begin imposing higher penalties by Aug. 1, 2016. “Simply put, OSHA penalties must be increased to provide a
The oil boom in North Dakota and elsewhere has claimed the lives of dozens of workers. In response, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health said it plans to survey 500 oil field employees starting next year in an effort to improve safety.
Following a Reveal investigation into worker deaths and injuries in the Bakken oil fields, a top federal workplace safety regulator in North Dakota announced plans for a tougher enforcement strategy intended to hold major energy companies accountable for workplace accidents.
At least 74 workers have died in the Bakken oil fields since 2006, according to data obtained from Canadian and U.S. regulators.
Across the Bakken, deeply entrenched corporate practices and weak federal oversight have inoculated energy producers against responsibility when worke
In the decade wrapping up in 2014, only 439 out of more than 23,000 whistleblower complaints were found to have merit.