News from the US Dept. of Labor
A Pennsylvania Natural Gas producer was fined after a worker fatality. J.R. Resources has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for eight safety and health violations at its Ringgold, Pa., gas well site. This action follows an August 2012 worker fatality resulting from a flash fire. Violations include failure to require and provide flame-resistant clothing be worn, fall protection, written hazard communication program and training, properly label tanks and accident prevention. "Employers are responsible for ensuring a safe working environment, and that includes finding and fixing hazards associated with the workplace," said the OSHA Erie Area Office. "OSHA will continue to hold employers responsible when they fail to protect their workers." Proposed penalties total $22,400. J.R. Resources has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply. Editors note: Workers Memorial Day is recognized annually on April 28th and is 22k really enough?