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New Zealand Files 13 Safety Charges After Volcano Killed 22

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand authorities filed safety violation charges on Monday against 10 organizations and three individuals after a volcanic eruption at White Island last year killed 22 people. The island had been a popular tourist destination before …

PG&E Prioritized Targets Over Reducing Fire Risk, Monitor Says

PG&E Corp. prioritized meeting inspection targets over meaningful reduction of wildfire risk, according to a monitor overseeing the utility’s program of trimming trees and vegetation that pose a threat of igniting devastating blazes in California. Among the court-appointed compliance monitor’s …

Washington Firm Fined $645K for Exposing Roofers to Fall Hazards

A Mukilteo, Wash., roofing company faces large fines for multiple safety violations that exposed workers to potential falls from more than 30 feet high and other hazards at job sites in Issaquah and Vancouver. The Washington State Department of Labor …

Idaho Gas Station Owner Ordered to Pay Fired Worker $100,000 in Punitive Damages

A judge ordered a northern Idaho gas station owner to pay $100,000 to a former employee who was fired after reporting safety violations, including exposed wiring near water leaks and a lack of first aid equipment. U.S. District Judge B. …

China Firm’s Connections Used to Obtain Hazmat Permit Despite Safety Violations

The son of a former police chief is one of two silent owners of the warehouse for hazardous materials in Tianjin where explosions killed at least 114 people, and used his connections to help obtain licenses despite safety violations, Chinese …

Two Washington Companies Fined for Multiple Safety Violations

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has cited and fined Waste Connections Inc., of Washington-Clark County, and Leadpoint Business Services for multiple safety violations at the West Vancouver Material Recovery Center. Leadpoint is a staffing agency that provides contracted …

Indiana Mobile Home Park Residents Uneasy as Violations Stack Up

A central Indiana mobile home park riddled with health and safety violations won’t be shut down unless the park’s management stops making progress on the violations. The Daily Journal reports Center Grove Estates has received more complaints than any other …

Montana Ammunition Company Sued Over Lead Exposure

Eight former and current employees of a Bozeman, Mont., ammunition company fined for safety violations have filed a lawsuit saying they were exposed to dangerous levels of lead. The lawsuit was filed Thursday against USA Brass Co., which cleans and …

Washington Roofer Cited 7th Time for Safety Violations

An Olympia, Wash., roofing company has been cited for the seventh time in recent years for safety violations involving fall protection for roofers, according to the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). The Roof Doctor Inc., was cited …

57 Motorcyclists Cited at Long Island Safety Checkpoint

More than 50 motorcyclists were issued summonses during a safety checkpoint on Long Island, New York. Suffolk County police say 134 motorcycles were stopped between 11:05 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. The checkpoint was set up on the eastbound …