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August 2013 Archives

Refinery fire leads to government agency infighting

Following an enormous fire that occurred at the Chevron refinery in California, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board and the Environmental Protection Agency are working at almost cross purposes. The fire, which sent more than 15,000 people to the hospital, has led to a seven month document dispute between the agencies. The goal of the safety board is to determine what caused the fire to ensure that it never happens again. On the other hand, the EPA is more interested in finding out who was responsible for the circumstances that led to the fire and pressing criminal charges.

Welder killed in explosion of 10,000-gallon gas tank

A welder was killed in the explosion of a 10,000-gallon gas tank, an accident that could happen in California or anywhere that highly flammable material is stored in large tanks. Authorities were investigating the Pennsylvania blast, and had not ruled out negligence or carelessness in the Aug. 19 accident. In 2011, 4,609 workers were killed while on the job, according to statistics from the United States Department of Labor. That was a rate of about 90 deaths per week, or almost 13 per day.

California's workers' comp affected by obesity classification

This past June, the American Medical Association House of Delegates reclassified obesity as a disease state. This will affect the workers' compensation claims in California, as almost 30 percent of the state is considered to be clinically obese.

Apple may face class action lawsuit over employees' lost wages

Apple store workers in California and New York could be seeing payment of some lost wages not paid by the company if two former employees have their way. A class action lawsuit has been filed in federal court alleging that Apple's policy to deny payment for time spent waiting in security lines has denied them wages that they rightly deserve.

California gas plant workers eye Florida explosion

Californians who work at gas plants may be following reports of a Florida gas plant explosion and wondering if it could happen in the Golden State. The July 29 explosions at a Blue Rhino plant at Tavares could be seen and felt as far as four miles away.

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