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BP’s Public Relations Propaganda supported by Department of Labor

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 22, 2010

OSHA Says Cleanup Workers Don’t Need Respirators

Hilda Solis and crew at the DoL again supporting Big Money

BP’s Contracted Oil Spill Workers are covered under the individual states Worker’s Comp programs ( which relieves them of  liability for this negligence.   The same way US Gov Contractor Companies are free to ignore all safety issues due to the DBA’s Exclusive Remedy.

Read more and sign the petition at Firedoglake

Nausea, vomiting, nosebleeds, headaches, and chest pain: these are just some of the identical symptoms reported by people working around BP’s oil in the Gulf Coast.

More than 100 people in the Gulf have fallen ill from BP’s oil, and that doesn’t include untold numbers of workers hiding their symptoms for fear of being fired by BP.

Yet despite clear evidence of illness from exposure to oil and dispersants, BP refuses to provide respirators to people cleaning up its disaster. Why? Because BP is afraid of the PR impact from images of people wearing this critical safety equipment in pictures and on TV.  BP even threatened to fire workers who choose to wear their own.

This is ridiculous. No amount of good PR images for BP is worth the health and lives of people battling BP’s oil in the Gulf Coast.

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