PRIMA RiskWatch
March 4, 2010

PRIMA responds to "OSHA Listens"
On Feb. 10, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) held a public meeting in order to solicit comments on key issues affecting the agency and how they could improve services. Due to the overwhelming responses they received, PRIMA was not one of the organizations that provided oral responses on that particular day. However, written comments were submitted. Read PRIMA's response now.

PRIMA would like to thank members of the External Affairs Committee for their input. More

Bill would shield property owners from gunfire liability
The Salt Lake Tribune
The House approved legislation in Utah that would protect a property owner from civil or criminal liability if a concealed weapon holder is allowed onto the property and fires his or her weapon. Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, said he has heard from property owners who fear they would be sued if a concealed weapon carrier fires a gun on their property and HB380 is intended to give those property owners protection.More

Gender suit leans heavily on cash-tight Fresno, Calif.
The Fresno Bee
A multimillion-dollar federal court verdict threatens to deplete the Fresno, Calif., of its self-funded insurance pool at the worst possible time — just as city revenues are evaporating faster than City Hall can cut costs. The November federal court decision — a nearly $2.5 million gender-discrimination award, with attorney's fees still to be decided — came in a lawsuit filed by Michelle Maher, who was forced out of the Fresno Fire Department's training academy in 2005.More

Vega v. Lantz
Defendants-appellants, who are prison officials, appeal from a judgment of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut (Dorsey, J.), granting-in-part plaintiff-appellee Joe Burgos Vega's motion for summary judgment. Vega, a prison inmate, sued Connecticut prison officials alleging, among other things, that they violated his liberty interests and procedural due process rights arising under the Fourteenth Amendment by failing to afford him a hearing before assigning him an inmate classification that, in his view, was tantamount to classifying him as sex offender.More

Afghanistan aims to ban live coverage of attacks
The New York Times
The Afghan government announced broad restrictions on live coverage of militant attacks, saying that it would also prohibit foreign and national news media from getting close to the scene of attacks while they are in progress. The stated reason for the ban is that live coverage presents a security risk because it lets the attackers see how the security forces are responding and allows them to send guidance to militant operatives. Officials also said they were trying to protect journalists from gunfire and bombs.More

Huntingdon, U.K.: Action group claims nuclear waste threat to water supply
Hunts Post 24
An environmental group is claiming that Huntingdonshire's water supply could be polluted by waste from nuclear power stations if it is allowed to be dumped at a site 25 miles north of Huntingdon, in the U.K. Friends of the Earth is fighting an experimental proposal to dump the waste - which would be created by the dismantling of nuclear power stations - in landfill sites rather than specially engineered sites.More

Tsunami threat fades as waves forecast to top eight feet never arrive
The Honolulu Advertiser
Dozens of ships headed to open water, 40,000 to 50,000 locals and tourists scrambled to safety and high ground, and communities from Hilo to Waikīkī transformed into instant ghost towns yesterday as the Islands braced for a tsunami that rolled in as merely an odd ocean surge. There were no reports of damage or injuries from the tsunami born from the disastrous 8.8 magnitude quake that rumbled across Chile, killing 214 people.More

Auto insurance changes wending through Utah Legislature
Deseret News
The Utah Legislature is considering three bills that change current laws on insurance companies, accident victims, and liability. St. George attorney and Republican Sen. Stephen Urquhart is sponsoring the bills, saying he has in the past successfully negotiated on legislation with insurance companies and trial attorneys who represent accident victims.More

Increased risk of criminalization of seafarers
International Law Office
Maritime accidents were previously investigated by traditional maritime inquiries (i.e.: In local courts with one judge and two expert assessors). The inquiry conducted a general examination of the accident and its causes and considered safety issues and the allocation of civil and criminal liability. The questioning of witnesses would usually be conducted by a maritime inspector with experience as a master on merchant vessels.More