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As investigators unravel what caused a Texas fertilizer plant explosion last week that killed 14, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today that 4,693 workers died on the job in 2011, three more than in 2010. Read more»

A whistleblower who was fired by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after complaining publicly about the poor quality of injury and illness data kept by employers has won a major court victory. Read more»

For an agency so widely feared and demonized by American business, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a relative pushover. Compared to the Environmental Protection Agency, which has tough statutes such as the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act at its disposal, OSHA is a paper tiger. Read more» 1

Taken during clean-up of Exxon Valdez spill. More than 700 miles of coast line was contaminated with crude oil.

Merle Savage has never been the same since she spent four months cleaning up Alaska’s oil-contaminated waters and shores after the Exxon Valdez crash. She still feels the toll that took on her health, but as she watches the Gulf, she’s felt something else: Déjà vu. Read more»