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(Charleston Gazette)   Remember that West Virginia chemical spill that poisoned the drinking water for 300,000 people? OSHA fined the offending company $11,000, which in WV terms is about half the cost of a used double-wide with some meth lab explosion damage   (wvgazette.com) divider line 130
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2014-07-08 11:22:09 PM  
Well, I'm sure they've learned there lesson and won't let it happen again.
 
2014-07-08 11:22:47 PM  

dookdookdook: learned there lesson


I'll just go kill myself now.
 
2014-07-08 11:33:33 PM  
Job creators.
 
2014-07-08 11:40:09 PM  
"OSHA had in started to examine the operation in November 2009 as part of a program of special emphasis looking at accidents that prompted amputations."

Uh... WAT?
 
2014-07-08 11:43:47 PM  
Bad corporation. No cookie!
 
2014-07-08 11:51:05 PM  
If only the citizen militias were fans of Upton Sinclair instead of Ayn Rand perhaps they'd be able to do some actual good bringing the owners of this place to justice.
 
2014-07-09 12:29:51 AM  

dookdookdook: dookdookdook: learned there lesson

I'll just go kill myself now.


Where lesson?
 
2014-07-09 12:48:28 AM  
I'm sure the people of West Virginia approve of this. Government punishing a corporation for misdeeds? Why that's what liberals do!
 
2014-07-09 01:00:17 AM  
Freedom can pay the fines, seek a meeting to discuss the citations with the OSHA area director, or appeal the matter to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Freedom Industries did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

I wonder which option they'll take. I wonder.

I wonder. I wonder. I wonder.
 
2014-07-09 01:09:52 AM  
I wonder what the penalty would be if an individual either with or without malicious intent dumbed a bunch of chemicals into the water supply, especially if the act impacted some corporation's profits. 

Because, for some reason I imagine the charges and penalties against a real person would be far harsher than they seem to be for a corporate "person". :-/
 
2014-07-09 01:18:51 AM  
Thanks, Obama.
 
2014-07-09 01:50:21 AM  
this is why we don't nice things.
 
2014-07-09 01:50:53 AM  
These were OSHA violations. The EPA or someone else would have to fine them for the chemical spill unless it hurt workers in the process.
 
2014-07-09 02:13:26 AM  
That's just OSHA.  I'm sure the EPA is going to want to levy their own fines.
 
2014-07-09 03:36:12 AM  
Another sterling example of evil government regulations stifling small business.
 
2014-07-09 05:27:14 AM  
So much farkfail will be posted here.
 
2014-07-09 05:27:42 AM  

Lsherm: These were OSHA violations. The EPA or someone else would have to fine them for the chemical spill unless it hurt workers in the process.


Came to say this.  OSHA is occupational safety.  The business could have pumped raw anthrax-laced plutonium into the water table and, if it was done in a by-the-books safe manner with the proper signs on equipment and safety gear available to workers, there'd be no OSHA fine.

By my interpretation, without RTFA, this is either an unrelated fine, or this is every possible government agency getting their licks in.
 
2014-07-09 05:29:14 AM  

BigOle8point: So much farkfail will be posted here.

 
2014-07-09 05:30:50 AM  

JoieD'Zen: dookdookdook: dookdookdook: learned there lesson

I'll just go kill myself now.

Where lesson?


Is a werelesson something that you only learn when a full moon is out?
 
2014-07-09 05:40:31 AM  
OSHA also fined Freedom Industries $4,000 for failing to have standard railings on an elevated platform

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2014-07-09 05:40:51 AM  
What a princely sum. It wasn't like, that "person" inconvenienced any other person. Well, not that much.
LOOK AT THOSE PEOPLE. Can't you see THE JOY???!!!
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2014-07-09 05:42:18 AM  
Yeah!! Stick it to them!!!
 
2014-07-09 05:49:04 AM  
Can I somehow drive my car with this waste? Preferably with a highly smoky exhaust that will stick it to the libs?
 
2014-07-09 05:52:46 AM  

JoieD'Zen: dookdookdook: dookdookdook: learned there lesson

I'll just go kill myself now.

Where lesson?


There lesson
There wolf
There castle
 
2014-07-09 05:56:22 AM  
Ok, ok, I admit--I was pretty stoic with the headline up to "with some method lab damage." That just sent Coke all over my tablet.

Also: outrage over the "fine."
 
2014-07-09 05:57:42 AM  

SilentStrider: Bad corporation. No cookie!


Goddamnit. I think I woke up my neighbor with the laughter you cxaused.
 
2014-07-09 06:17:02 AM  

Mister Peejay: Lsherm: These were OSHA violations. The EPA or someone else would have to fine them for the chemical spill unless it hurt workers in the process.

Came to say this.  OSHA is occupational safety.  The business could have pumped raw anthrax-laced plutonium into the water table and, if it was done in a by-the-books safe manner with the proper signs on equipment and safety gear available to workers, there'd be no OSHA fine.

By my interpretation, without RTFA, this is either an unrelated fine, or this is every possible government agency getting their licks in.


The article isn't especially clear on the point you raise. Those fines are pretty high for single violations on a first-time offense, from my experience with OSHA.

The "real" money will come from the lawsuits, which if it goes to a class action, will probably be a substantial sum, most of which will go to the attorneys.
 
2014-07-09 06:17:33 AM  

some_beer_drinker: BigOle8point: So much farkfail will be posted here.

 
2014-07-09 06:22:09 AM  

dookdookdook: dookdookdook: learned there lesson

I'll just go kill myself now.


eh, that's pretty good for west virgina
 
2014-07-09 06:31:39 AM  
The USA, the biggest socialist country on earth (when it comes to business expenses and losses).
 
2014-07-09 06:35:33 AM  
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What a dyke wall may look like
 
2014-07-09 06:36:06 AM  

dookdookdook: dookdookdook: learned there lesson

I'll just go kill myself now.


Just drink the water.
 
2014-07-09 06:41:15 AM  

70Ford: What a princely sum. It wasn't like, that "person" inconvenienced any other person. Well, not that much.
LOOK AT THOSE PEOPLE. Can't you see THE JOY???!!!
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This is an OSHA investigation/fine. It doesn't consider any environmental/pollution impacts, because that is not it's role, it is only concerned with the health and safety of the workers (and potentially visitors) on site.


The EPA would deal with the issues you are highlighting, although I have no idea what they are doing about it, presumably there is an investigation ongoing.
 
2014-07-09 06:46:17 AM  
I hope this corporation can rebound from such a devastating fine.
 
2014-07-09 06:55:59 AM  
Where farkfail?  Just go kill yourself.
 
2014-07-09 07:05:17 AM  

Unobtanium: The article isn't especially clear on the point you raise. Those fines are pretty high for single violations on a first-time offense, from my experience with OSHA.

The "real" money will come from the lawsuits, which if it goes to a class action, will probably be a substantial sum, most of which will go to the attorneys.


I don't know a heck of a lot about the actual laws, but they can't just arbitrarily assign amounts, either, can they? Are there laws that outline how much can be levied in fines? So this might really be about changing the way the way the fines are computed.

But also, like you said, the civil cases will add up.
 
2014-07-09 07:05:28 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: If only the citizen militias were fans of Upton Sinclair instead of Ayn Rand perhaps they'd be able to do some actual good bringing the owners of this place to justice.


You know, if someone wanted to do some real good in this country, they could set up a business printing fake book jackets for socially important works of literature that give Ayn Rand as the author.
 
2014-07-09 07:05:37 AM  

JoieD'Zen: dookdookdook: dookdookdook: learned there lesson

I'll just go kill myself now.

Where lesson?


THERE lesson!
 
2014-07-09 07:10:12 AM  

Pocket Ninja: Freedom can pay the fines, seek a meeting to discuss the citations with the OSHA area director, or appeal the matter to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Freedom Industries did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

I wonder which option they'll take. I wonder.

I wonder. I wonder. I wonder.


There was a time, where   B.) seek a meeting . . . with the OSHA area director   got you an automatic 50% reduction in fines.   Half, for the sake of 1 phone call.
 
2014-07-09 07:12:23 AM  

KeatingFive: JoieD'Zen: dookdookdook: dookdookdook: learned there lesson

I'll just go kill myself now.

Where lesson?

THERE lesson!


There, chemical storage tank...
 
2014-07-09 07:15:52 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: If only the citizen militias were fans of Upton Sinclair instead of Ayn Rand perhaps they'd be able to do some actual good bringing the owners of this place to justice.


Thats liberal commie talk.
 
2014-07-09 07:17:24 AM  
And the water from people's taps still has a strange odor and color. The company filed bancruptcy so they can't be sued.

300,000 people are going to be slowly poisoned over the next 20 years.

Government does nothing.

Subby makes a hillbilly joke while probably powering his computer of WV coal or fracked gas.

/pissed West Virginian
//I know "welcome to fark"
 
2014-07-09 07:19:44 AM  

stuhayes2010: And the water from people's taps still has a strange odor and color. The company filed bancruptcy so they can't be sued.

300,000 people are going to be slowly poisoned over the next 20 years.

Government does nothing.

Subby makes a hillbilly joke while probably powering his computer of WV coal or fracked gas.

/pissed West Virginian
//I know "welcome to fark"


You go into court with the laws you have, rather than the laws you wish you had.
 
2014-07-09 07:22:47 AM  
So, if a terrorist (Domestic or otherwise) contaminated the water supply for 300,000 Americans, that individual would be seeing time at GITMO, and the GOP would be demanding Obama's head for letting an attack of such magnitude happen on his watch.

But since a corporation (Domestic or otherwise) contaminated the water supply for 300,000 Americans, it's a slap on the wrist, a promise to "never do it again", and the GOP is demanding even less regulations.
 
2014-07-09 07:23:25 AM  
Presumably, if they levied a larger fine then the affected WV residents would be out there protesting against the nasty Federal Gubmint
 
2014-07-09 07:34:22 AM  
It's not a criminal punishment imposed by a judge, much less an amount of civil damages awarded by same, but a fine imposed for violation of a safety regulation that protects workers.
 
2014-07-09 07:36:14 AM  

Wessoman: So, if a terrorist (Domestic or otherwise) contaminated the water supply for 300,000 Americans, that individual would be seeing time at GITMO, and the GOP would be demanding Obama's head for letting an attack of such magnitude happen on his watch.

But since a corporation (Domestic or otherwise) contaminated the water supply for 300,000 Americans, it's a slap on the wrist, a promise to "never do it again", and the GOP is demanding even less regulations.


That makes me wonder. In Ohio, at least, you can be charged with terrorism for dumping tennis balls in a lake. I don't know if you can be convicted, but someone was charged. Why hasn't some pissed off Roscoe P. Coltrane arrested the f*cks responsible for this and thrown them in jail for a while? At least let their lawyers earn a few bucks tracking down which local hoosegow they're stashed in.
 
2014-07-09 07:37:27 AM  
"When the fines are less than the profits, it's called a business expense."
 
2014-07-09 07:37:43 AM  

Mister Peejay: Lsherm: These were OSHA violations. The EPA or someone else would have to fine them for the chemical spill unless it hurt workers in the process.

Came to say this.  OSHA is occupational safety.  The business could have pumped raw anthrax-laced plutonium into the water table and, if it was done in a by-the-books safe manner with the proper signs on equipment and safety gear available to workers, there'd be no OSHA fine.

By my interpretation, without RTFA, this is either an unrelated fine, or this is every possible government agency getting their licks in.


I'd love for this to be the case. It would be great if the FCC was on-site testing every piece of their equipment for proper shielding and grounding to ensure none of it was emitting unauthorized RF emissions all while the FAA just happens to be doing ramp checks each time their corporate aircraft are landing somewhere.
 
2014-07-09 07:42:13 AM  

mamoru: I wonder what the penalty would be if an individual either with or without malicious intent dumbed a bunch of chemicals into the water supply, especially if the act impacted some corporation's profits.

Because, for some reason I imagine the charges and penalties against a real person would be far harsher than they seem to be for a corporate "person". :-/



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