Safety News

Norway’s Oil Workers Fear for Future as Rigs Go Remote

OSLO — A shift to operating oil rigs remotely from land, which has been accelerated by lower crude prices, has rekindled concerns among Norwegian unions over the impact on the safety of offshore workers and the loss of well-paid jobs. …

Self-Driving Car Bill Reintroduced in House Minus Biggest Backer

Legislation that would allow carmakers to sell as many as 100,000 self-driving vehicles per year in the U.S. is being reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, but one of its biggest cheerleaders is staying on the sidelines until next …

Brazil Prosecutors Ask Court to Remove Vale Managers Over Safety Concerns

RIO DE JANEIRO — Federal prosecutors in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state are seeking a court order for miner Vale SA to replace executives they accuse of disregarding safety methods in the aftermath of two deadly mining disasters. They have asked …

Lack of Study and Oversight Raises Concerns About Tear Gas

SALEM, Ore. — On June 2, Justin LaFrancois attended a protest against police violence and racism in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, where he planned to livestream the event for his alternative newspaper’s website. Shortly into the march, police, who reported …

FAA Proposes Fine of $1.25M on Boeing for Pressuring Workers at Airplane Plant

WASHINGTON/SEATTLE –The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday said it was proposing to fine Boeing Co $1.25 million after the agency alleged Boeing managers at its South Carolina plant exerted undue pressure on workers who handle safety oversight work on …

Miners Need More Engineers to Meet New Tailings Dam Safety Standard

JOHANNESBURG/TORONTO — Mining companies need more skilled engineers if they are to meet strict new global safety standards for tailings dams aimed at preventing catastrophic failures like those in recent years that have killed hundreds of people and inundated nearby …

Poconos Water Park Shuttered by Pandemic Faces Mortgage Woes

One of America’s biggest indoor water parks, normally packed with frolicking families, has gone dark — a casualty of social distancing. Now, the mortgage on the property is in trouble. The Kalahari water park and resort in the Poconos, with …

Deadly Air-Ambulance Crash Revealed Widespread Safety Lapses

An air-ambulance helicopter crash in Ohio last year that killed three crew members revealed sweeping safety lapses and rule violations, federal accident investigators concluded Tuesday. The Survival Flight Inc. copter slammed into a wooded hillside in southeastern Ohio during snow …

Want to Sue Because of a Coronavirus Quarantine? Good Luck

Unprecedented government restrictions being placed on public gatherings and personal behavior in the face of the coronavirus outbreak could eventually trigger civil rights challenges, but legal experts say they would be tough to win. “The idea that you’re going to …

Uber’s Challenge to Balance Driver Safety With Customer Privacy

NEW YORK — Margaret Bordelon can still feel the hands of the drunk man who tried to pull her in for a kiss at the end of his Uber ride last September in Lafayette, Louisiana. An Uber driver for only …