Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Under bill, no fatality would go unreported

Area lawmaker wants refineries to include deaths of contractors in safety statisticsBy LISE OLSEN and SAMANTHA LEVINE
Houston Chronicle News Services
U.S. Rep. Gene Green of Houston is seeking to close the loophole that allowed the federal government to report no fatalities at refineries in 2002 or 2003, when in fact at least nine people died.

Democrat Green introduced a bill on the issue this week after learning about the problem from a Houston Chronicle article prompted by the deadly explosion at the BP refinery in Texas City in March. The article explained how refinery deaths often go unreported in industry statistics.

Green's proposed law would require employers to compile injury and illness logs that include regular employees and contract workers.

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