3 workers killed in West Texas oil field rig explosion

The well is owned by Parsley Energy of Midland. Company spokeswoman Lisa Elliott says the workers who died were employed by Mason Well Service Ltd. of Odessa, an independent contractor.  More »

Industry opposes push to tighten oil field safety rules

More than a dozen oil companies and trade groups have lined up to oppose plans to broaden the federal government’s oversight of safety practices at wells, saying existing standards are enough to protect workers nationwide.  More »

Tesoro bars federal safety agency from East Bay refinery

In an unprecedented challenge, Tesoro Corp. has barred federal authorities from going inside its refinery near Martinez to investigate an incident in which two workers were burned by acid spewing from a broken pipe, The Chronicle has learned.  More »

Chevron ignored warnings before refinery fire, safety report says

The fire at Chevron Corp.’s refinery in Richmond, California, last year that sickened thousands was caused by the company ignoring a decade’s worth of calls for inspections and upgrades of piping that eventually corroded and failed, a federal safety report said today.  More »

OSHA cites Houston manufacturer after worker struck by machine part

The agency has proposed penalties totaling $199,800 for four repeat and three serious violations, according to OSHA.  More »

Blood tests show elevated health risks for Gulf spill cleanup workers

Blood test results on some workers who cleaned up beaches and marshes after the 2010 Gulf oil spill suggest they may be at elevated risk for cancer and other disorders.  More »

3 firms face fines in Parachute spill cleanup

Federal regulators have proposed fines for a Williams Co. contractor and subsidiary following a natural gas liquids leak that was discovered in March near Parachute.  More »

Company fined after equipment amputates workers’ fingers

OSHA cited Piping Technology & Products with one willful violation. Willful violations include allegations that a company acted with indifference to worker health or safety or either knew or disregarded the federal rules.  More »

California considers tripling number of refinery inspectors

The California proposal on the governor’s desk would help close regulatory gaps that federal investigators found played a role in the fire at Chevron’s Richmond refinery last year, supporters say. Currently, the state has just seven inspectors. The added help would bring the total to 26 under the new budget.  More »

Family sues over Texas man’s Dow plant death

The mother and son of a Friendswood man who died after being burned in an explosion at a Dow Chemical Co. plant in Deer Park last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the chemical manufacturer, a subsidiary and two employees.  More »

Feds probe lethal blowout in West Texas

Federal safety regulators are investigating the blowout of an Anadarko Petroleum Corp. well in West Texas that killed two workers and sent three to the hospital, the company said.  More »

Eagle Ford pay is high, but work can be fatal

Federal documents show inspectors found safety violations at the site of every worker fatality in the Eagle Ford Shale since 2009 and often concluded that companies hadn’t taken adequate steps to keep their workers safe.  More »

Workplace deaths drop, except in oil industry

Oil and gas field services and drilling workers were killed on the job in Texas more than those in any other profession, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis.  More »

Federal safety-awareness program launches in Texas

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched a month-long health and safety training program for the oil and gas industry today, targeting corporations in Texas and several surrounding states.  More »

Keeping jobs from killing workers

Workplace safety regulations don’t kill jobs; they keep jobs from killing workers.  More »
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