NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 24, 1978
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(Studio) Controversy over worth of OSHA and agency's predictions that it will be hampered by Supreme Court ruling against warrantless inspections noted. Report is on fire at Texas refinery.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Port Arthur, Texas) Details given with regard to 1977 explosion and fire at Texaco refinery in Port Arthur; films shown. Victim Johnny Graham's injuries as result, as well as those of James Rowe, described. [ROWE - talks of injuries that have caused his appearance to be changed.] OSHA inspection after fire and citations to Texaco about conditions reported; citations listed. Texaco's appeal, meaning company doesn't have to correct alleged hazards until appeals exhausted, noted. [Refinery worker Randy GRAFFINO - describes workers' feelings about working in dangerous situations.] Texaco officials' refusal to answer questions mentioned. [Texaco spokesperson Don. CHASE - says employees tend to remember one accident and forget years of safe operation.] OSHA subsequent inspections of refinery, at request of Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union, and resulting citations to company reported Uncertainty factor in past and future OSHA inspections due to recent Supreme Court ruling examined. [Union representative Larry STEFFLEN - cites reaction to Supreme Court ruling.] [Refinery worker Bill PARHAM - says refinery work is no safer now.]
REPORTER: Robert Bazell