Construction Equipment –
“No national or government agency tracks how many man-made sinkholes appear each year across the country. From early December through April, according to a review by The Associated Press of media coverage, 39 significant sinkholes related to failing infrastructure – a rate of about one every four days – struck across the country in places such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Hoboken, New Jersey, Sioux City, Iowa, and Seattle.”
They forget to mention giant collapsed salt domes like at Bayou Corne and WIPP.
Source: Real-life prepper moment: Midwest flooding shutting down roads and highways, making it impossible to restock store shelves
People need to be prepared with some food stuffs for several days even if you don’t live next to a dam or a giant sinkhole. It’s just common sense.
A well operated by BP Exploration Alaska Inc. on Alaska’s frigid North Slope is no longer spraying crude oil after leaks were discovered Friday morning.
The well, located in the Greater Prudhoe Bay area, was venting gas, which caused a spray of crude oil to impact the well pad. By Sunday afternoon in Alaska, that had been stopped. A second leak had been reduced but was still emitting gas, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said in a statement. Well pressure was monitored throughout the night and excess pressure was bled off to keep it within a safe range. . . .
We are covering a dam about-to-fail story in California on the FC blog. There have been many stories in the news since about the problems looming nationwide from aged, crumbling infrastructure.
One thing there popping up is info on weathered rock being more brittle than deep, protected rock.
We wonder if these salt dome storage caverns’ age has anything to do with their integrity.
We also wonder why inexpensive camera drones aren’t used for flying over Lake FUBAR to inspect it.
The Advocate is focusing on water issues –
This sounds not-too-smart –
Mary Greeley Reports –
LINK – http://youtu.be/1i_2Qc_X6-c
In some sectors of the economy, accidents frequently occur and employees are put at risk. Fortunately, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration exists to protect workers in the U.S. and penalize corporations when they put their workforce in danger. OSHA’s mission is to “assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.”
Still, OSHA cannot prevent every accident — explosions and falling equipment, along with freak accidents, cause fatalities annually. FindTheCompany, a corporate data site by Graphiq, found the companies with the most serious safety violations using data from OSHA’s safety inspection records. The data experts at FindTheCompany calculated the total financial penalty for a given inspection to determine the severity of the company’s violations. In the case of ties, the company with the greater number of citations is ranked higher. For context, Find The Company also included the total number of citations associated with each violation.
British oil giant BP is a repeat offender, receiving heavy penalties on numerous occasions. Because OSHA’s jurisdiction does not extend to offshore oil rigs, this list does not even include BP’s $4.5 billion settlement resulting from the Deepwater Horizon tragedy which killed 11 people in 2010. Other than oil companies, construction corporations and large factories producing aluminum, steel, automobiles and wheat have committed expensive safety violations.