May 8, 2013 |
THE FEDERAL Occupational Health & Safety Administration has launched an inspection into working conditions at Philadelphia International Airport in response to a series of complaints filed last week on behalf of subcontracted baggage handlers and wheelchair attendants. The inspection, which can take up to six months, is a standard response to work-condition complaints, OSHA spokeswoman Leni Fortson said. The complaints allege that some airport workers employed by the subcontractor PrimeFlight Aviation Services, which does business in Philly with US Airways, United and Southwest, do not receive training on how to help handicapped passengers, are exposed to blood and other bodily fluids without protection and are forced to use faulty equipment.
April 25, 2013 |
ANOTHER WEEK, another significant smackdown from NASCAR's justice department. Matt Kenseth's No. 20 Toyota Sprint Cup team was the latest to hear a "guilty" verdict from NASCAR. Officials determined that the engine in Kenseth's winning car at Kansas Speedway on Sunday failed inspection. Kenseth was penalized 50 points yesterday, sending him spiraling from eighth place to a tie with Jeff Gordon for 14th place. Kenseth keeps the Kansas win, but he loses the three bonus points. While he keeps the victory in the record books, he cannot use it toward claiming a wild-card spot in the Chase.
March 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Fewer food-safety inspections and an increased risk to consumers will result from the lack of a new 2013 budget from Congress and the impending across-the-board spending cuts, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said Thursday. The cuts were to take effect Friday unless the White House and Congress could come to a budget agreement. The reduced inspections and budget cuts could delay a new food safety law that requires the agency to boost inspections and directs farms and food facilities to ensure their food is safe.
December 25, 2012 |
For more than a month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has said Sandy did not cause significant problems at any of the 247 Superfund toxic waste sites it monitors in New Jersey and New York state. But in many cases, no actual tests of soil or water are being conducted, just visual inspections. The EPA conducted a handful of tests right after the storm, but could not provide details or locations of any recent follow-ups when asked last week. New Jersey officials point out that federally designated Superfund sites are EPA's responsibility.
December 12, 2012 |
About a year and a half before a fire at a clothing factory in Bangladesh killed 112 people in November, executives from Wal-Mart, Gap and other big retailers met nearby to discuss ways to prevent the unsafe working conditions that have made such tragedies common. Representatives from a dozen of the world's largest retailers and fashion labels gathered with labor groups and local officials in April 2011 at the three-day meeting held in the 15-story, glass-walled headquarters of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association in Dhaka, the capital.
December 6, 2012 |
Authorities evacuated about 100 more homes in Paulsboro on Tuesday in response to elevated levels of vinyl chloride in the area surrounding Friday's train derailment, which already had sent about 400 residents to seek shelter elsewhere. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D., N.J.), whose district includes Paulsboro, called for a reform of regulations involving inspections of privately owned rail bridges such as the one over the Mantua Creek that failed. Andrews also expressed frustration at the pace of the cleanup.
December 5, 2012 |
U.S. Rep. Robert Andrews (D., N.J.) called today for stronger federal safety regulation of rail bridges, following the derailment and chemical spill in Paulsboro that has forced the evacuation of about 400 residents. The inspection of privately owned rail bridges should not be left to their owners, said Andrews, whose district includes Paulsboro. He will seek to change the law to require independent inspections by a federal authority, such as the Federal Railroad Administration, he said.
September 28, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - The Department of Agriculture imposed a virtual moratorium on kennel enforcement during the past 15 months by failing to properly inspect most commercial kennels, allowing oversized or poor-performing operations to skirt stringent regulations and issuing no citations for breaking the law, according to a blistering new report by members of the state's Dog Law Advisory Board. The nearly 100-page report, produced by a subcommittee of the board charged with advising the governor on dog issues, came to what it called "the disturbing conclusion" that the Dog Law Enforcement office has failed to enforce critical components of the dog law and the companion canine health regulations leaving close to 500,000 dogs in 2,000 kennels at risk.
July 10, 2012 |
Summertime, when the living is easy … But not for pedestrians in happening parts of town. We are enjoying the annual blooming of picturesque sidewalk cafés, which enrich some environments, but can illegally spread like kudzu to strangle sidewalks. Too many restaurants ignore the law with near-impunity. The "law" is the Philadelphia Code, enforced by the Streets Department, but "enforced" is an overstatement. The code says sidewalks with a width of 13 feet or less require "five feet of clear sidewalk space.
May 22, 2012 |
TEHRAN, Iran - The head of the U.N. nuclear agency pushed Monday for a breakthrough pact with Iran to resume inspections into suspected secret atomic weapons work and possibly set in motion further deal making when envoys from Tehran and world powers gather later this week in Baghdad. The mission by International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano raised speculation about greater flexibility by Iranian officials as they struggle to balance the blows from Western sanctions and their insistence never to abandon the country's nuclear program.