Posts Tagged ‘safety’

Thompson pushing Congress for levee-repair program

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The top Democrat on the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee says Congress must establish a program to help state and local governments repair levees across the nation. Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi says he issued his statement in response to a report by The Associated Press that showed 326 levees covering more […] [...]

After two years, highway improvement project complete

PETAL — Officials, businesses and residents in the city of Petal are welcoming the end of a $13 million two-year highway improvement project. The Hattiesburg American reports the project widened Mississippi Highway 42 from two lanes to four and installed turn lanes. Petal Mayor Hal Marx says residents are pleased with the decrease in traffic […] [...]

Medical sharps program surpasses one-million milestone

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) reports the Household Medical Sharps Collection Program has collected more than one million household medical sharps since the beginning of the program in 2010. The program was developed by MDEQ to reduce the number of household medical sharps being disposed of in household garbage and toilets. […] [...]

MDEQ lifts beach closure following sewage spill

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted a beach closure issued Oct. 13 in Biloxi. The closure extended for a section of beach from Mockingbird Lane on the west to Edgewater Drive on the east and included Beach Station 11A-Edgewater Beach. Last Saturday, the City of […] [...]

Woman accused of posing as OSHA trainer; bilked fisherman for $200K+

WIGGINS — A Mississippi woman is accused of posing as a federal worker to make nearly $216,000 giving fraudulent training classes to fishermen who hoped to get jobs cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. A 22-count federal indictment unsealed yesterday alleges that Connie M. Knight, 46, used phony credentials, diplomas and […] [...]

OSHA fines Omega for violations found after worker’s death

MOSS POINT — A federal safety agency has proposed fines of $79,200 for Omega Protein Inc. for 25 safety and health violations found after the death of a worker who got caught in a rotating screw conveyor. The Sun Herald reports the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released its findings yesterday from an inspection in […] [...]

Abandoned package shuts down Meridian Regional

MERIDIAN — A suspicious package left in bushes near the terminal of Meridian Regional Airport has turned out to be harmless. The airport had been shut down and evacuated after the package was found yesterday about noon. The Meridian Police Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Meridian Homeland Security, TSA, and the airport authority responded, and later […] [...]

American Queen stranded in Memphis due to low water

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The American Queen steamboat is docked in Memphis, Tenn., unable to paddle on down the Mississippi River because of low water. A trip that began Aug. 3 at Louisville, Ky., was cut short well before the steamboat’s destination of Vicksburg. American Queen Steamboat Company’s Tim Rubacky tells The Commercial Appeal navigation problems […] [...]

Oil rig manager sentenced for lying about safety testing

WALNUT GROVE — A 49-year-old Mississippi man who worked as manager on a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico has been sentenced to two years of probation for lying about testing on a key safety device that allegedly was not working properly. Donald Hudson, of Walnut Grove, pleaded guilty in April to making a […] [...]

MDOT official says river bridge ‘structurally deficient’

OXFORD — A Mississippi Department of Transportation official says the Tallahatchie River truss bridge on Mississippi 7 is “structurally deficient” and will be replaced. MDOT supervisor Mitch Turner tells The Oxford Eagle the job is estimated to cost about $12 million, but final figures won’t be known until bids have been opened in January. Turner […] [...]

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