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"Repeat, Willful, and Egregious": BP Slapped with Biggest Fine in OSHA History

Federal OSHA is set to announce recordbreaking fines of $87 million against BP for its inadequate response to the tragic 2005 refinery explosion that killed 15 workers in Texas City, TX, the New York Times reports today. If accurate, the total fine will be four times as large as any previous penalty assessed by OSHA. The Times story points out a critically important aspect of this story–that overwork was a major culprit:
“A series of investigations attributed the March 23, 2005, explosion to overzealous cost-cutting on safety, undue production pressures, antiquated equipment and fatigued employees — some who worked 12 hours a day for 29 straight days.”
Read the full story here.