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Senator Seeks Answers on Man's Sugar-Plant Death

Bob Casey tells OSHA number of incidents is unacceptable

(Newser) - The chief the Senate's workplace safety subcommittee says he is concerned about the rising number of deaths involving temp workers—and he is "particularly troubled" by the death of Janio Salinas, who was buried alive in sugar last year after a plant removed a safety device that was... More »

Company That Ruined Water for 300K People Fined $11K

Judge surprised few claims filed against W. Va. firm

(Newser) - A West Virginia company that leaked a chemical into the Elk River at the start of this year has been punished with an $11,000 fine—which amounts to about 27 cents for each of the 300,000 people left without water for days . The Occupational Safety and Health Administration... More »

Worker Buried Alive After Sugar Plant Pulls Safety Device

Anti-accident screen was 'slowing down production'

(Newser) - A worker at a Pennsylvania sugar plant died buried alive in sugar in an accident that could have been prevented by a safety device removed just 13 days earlier, a ProPublica investigation finds. Janio Salinas—a 50-year-old who, like every other employee in the CSC Sugar warehouse in Fairless Hills,... More »

9/11 Health Fund to Cover Cancer

Science still out, but official says covering victims more important

(Newser) - After years of the government refusing to cover cancers developed in the aftermath of 9/11, a federal health officer has reversed course, adding 50 types of cancer to the $4.3 billion fund set up to treat first responders as well as people who lived, worked, or attended school in... More »

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