OSHA Cites Lumadue Excavating for Allegedly Exposing Workers to Trenching Hazards

OSHA cited Lumadue Excavating LLC for 12 alleged safety violations involving trenching hazards and placed the company in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program. OSHA initiated two inspections under a special emphasis program on trenching and excavation when inspectors found unprotected trenches at two different work sites. One of the trenches was 7 feet deep and the other more than 5 feet deep, according to the agency. Proposed penalties total $178,860. “This company continues to take unnecessary safety risks by not utilizing the safeguards needed to protect workers from trenching hazards,” said Mark Stelmack, director of OSHA’s Wilkes-Barre office. Detailed information on safeguards for excavation and trenching can be found on […]

Report Urges California To Step Up Fracking Regulations

Without careful monitoring and controls, the process of extracting gas through hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” could result in irreversible surface and groundwater contamination, according to a new report focusing on California’s fracking industry. The researchers call for stronger regulations and controls in order to better protect the environment and public health. Fracking is a technique that injects highly pressurized chemical fluids into underground rock to create cracks that release tightly bound oil or gas. It’s become a financial boon to fossil fuel companies nationwide, but it comes with inherent dangers, said researchers from UC Berkeley School of Law’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment (CLEE) and its new initiative, […]