Workers sue a tornado-hit candle factory in Kentucky

December 20, 2021 by  
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Following eight deaths of candle factory workers in a tornado in western Kentucky , the surviving factory workers have filed a lawsuit against their employers. The survivors of the tornado say that their employers had a chance of saving the lost lives by allowing the workers to go home early. Instead, the employer is said to have demonstrated indifference, despite having prior knowledge that the tornado was likely to happen. The lawsuit accuses the company violated Kentucky occupational safety and health workplace standards . In the suit, they argue that the employee is required by law to let the employees go home in case of a threatening situation, which did not happen. They now want to be compensated by Mayfield Consumer Products for the damages endured. Related: Climate change could be driving U.S. tornadoes southeast The lawsuit filled now reveals new information that is contrary to what was issued by the company. A spokesperson for the company said that employees were free to go home hours before the storm . However, the employees say that they were under strict orders to continue working. While speaking to The Associated Press, one employee of the company said that she was threatened by her supervisor with disciplinary action if she went home. On the day of the incident, more than 100 people were working on candle orders when the tornado occurred. Initially, it was feared that the number of those dead was higher than the actual one. However, it was later realized that most employees had lost their cell network on their way home. The lack of communication contributed to the panic. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said that the state’s workplace safety agency will look into the eight deaths. The kind of investigation that he has called for is routine in cases of deaths at workplaces. Via HuffPost Lead image via Pexels

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He transformed a school bus into an eco-friendly tiny home

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Caleb Brackney is a graduate student and a true Gen-Z kid who’s active on social media. He owns an acoustic guitar and loves wooden paneling non-ironically. He plays piano and got a huge flat screen TV, a laptop and lots of time to post on social media feeds . He’s also an inspiration for those who want to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle that’s full of travel, adventure and doing good for the world. By the time he was 25, Caleb Brackney had finished building his amazing tiny home…inside an old school bus. Armed for the world with a master’s degree in architecture and landscape design, Brackney left the University of Tennessee with a goal in his mind: buy a school bus . He found one made in 1995, close to the year when he was born, using Facebook Marketplace. For just about $7,000, he converted it into an eco-friendly tiny home thanks to recycled materials, second-hand furnishings and a strong motivation to become self-sustaining and live off the grid. He bought the bus for just $3,000, making the total price tag for his project $10,000. Related: Student inspires Miami-Dade County Public Schools to shift to electric buses He’s got Mason jar lighting , hidden storage compartments for all of his books and more than 70,000 followers who watch his adventures…and perhaps, get inspired by them. Brackney has found a unique way to share his vision for a more eco-friendly future and make it easier for others to follow in his footsteps. On his Etsy shop RoamerBus, he sells floor plans so that others can build their own tiny house. He’s also got some cool swag for fans of his tiny house bus adventures, which he details on social media with inspirational Instagram photos. His feed shows everyday moments between him and his dog, who shares the bus home with him. One of his mottos is, “No roots, no limits.” The lighting grid was built with copper pipes that stretch across the ceiling of the bus. There’s a long hose with a sprayer that attaches to the outside of the bus that Brackney uses to take his morning showers. And he’s got a grill that can be placed right outside for cooking purposes . There’s a kitchen area with a double sink and to-die wooden counters, a bathroom with a full-sized toilet and a full-sized fridge next to the sink. The kitchen also has a homemade wine rack, a microwave and a convection oven. There’s also magnetic storage, which keeps everything in place while the bus is in motion. And yes, sometimes it is in motion. Caleb enjoys traveling in the bus and shows off various locations through his social media feeds. So not only is this a school bus and a tiny home, but it’s also a mobile home . The flooring was made with scrap boxes. On the back doors of the bus, wooden pallets are vertically mounted to support a small garden . Every inch of the bus is an example of using DIY energy and recycled materials to create a more eco-friendly lifestyle. That’s why Brackney details his adventure and shows off all the intricacies of his home . It’s why he’s known as such an inspiration to the tens of thousands who vicariously share in all his adventures. + Caleb Brackney Photography by Caleb Brackney

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Former TransCanada Employee: Keystone XL is Poorly Built, “Will Likely Leak”

August 14, 2013 by  
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Despite the best efforts of the fossil fuel industry, the northern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline expansion is still in a holding pattern. What many people don’t realize is that the southern portion , which runs from Texas to Oklahoma, is 90 percent complete and likely to come online later this year. A former TransCanada employee recently came forward to expose the company’s lies about just how safe the pipeline will actually be. “The company is still ignoring the engineering codes and regulations that guide pipeline construction…Keystone XL will likely leak,” the whistleblower told The Texas Observer . Read the rest of Former TransCanada Employee: Keystone XL is Poorly Built, “Will Likely Leak” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: engineering , environmental disaster , fossil fuels , keystone , keystone xl , oil pipeline , oil sands , renewable energy , tar sands , transcanada        

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Fish Fingers, Biomass Part of Birds Eye’s New Green Strategy

July 12, 2010 by  
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U.K. food giant outlines plans to deliver deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, landfill waste and water use.

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What’s the ROI of Employee Volunteering?

July 12, 2010 by  
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The HandsOn Network has revised its standards for reporting on employee volunteer programs to better help companies evaluate programs and measure the impact of volunteering.

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Interpreting Pre-Consumer Recycled Content Claims

July 12, 2010 by  
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Which materials can be claimed as pre-consumer recycled content — and which definitely can’t?UL Environment has developed this white paper to provide clarity about guidelines to validate claims of pre-consumer recycled content and to serve as a reference for manufacturers.

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10 Things I’ve Learned About Making a Big Company a Green Giant

July 12, 2010 by  
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Procter & Gamble’s VP of global sustainability shares some of the lessons he’s learned while bringing sustainability to a company as large as P&G.

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Danish Crown Prince to Drive Fisker Karma to Copenhagen Climate Conference

December 15, 2009 by  
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Photo: Fisker Automotive First Non-Fisker Employee to Drive the Karma PHEV Henrik Fisker, the founder of Fisker Automotive, was born in Denmark, home of the COP15 climate conference. We’re not sure if he had a royal connection or if it is the Danish crown prince Frederik himself who asked Fisker for a ride, but it looks like the Prince is going to be driving a Kar…

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Alaskan Coastline Triple-Threatened, Eroding at Incredible 45 Feet Per Year (Video)

December 15, 2009 by  
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Photo via University of Colorado at Boulder A study out of the University of Colorado at Boulder shows that a substantial piece of the northern Alaska coastline is eroding at an astonishing rate of 45 feet a year thanks to three major threats – less ice, more waves, and warmer water.

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