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Raytheon cannot read contract requirements? Fails to report Injuries to Department of Labor

I am at the Mercy of Liberty Mutual says Pacheco

Hundreds of injuries have occurred in Antarctica since 2001, according to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, but only three cases have been reported to the U.S. Department of Labor. This, despite the fact that Antarctic contract employees are entitled to special insurance benefits under the Defense Base Act laws and contract companies are required to report all injuries to the Department of Labor. But Raytheon Polar Services (RPSC), the company hired to run the U.S. Antarctic program, failed to comply with the law.

When they do report an injury Liberty Mutual refuses to pay.

Why would Raytheon jeoparadize their quals to bid on further work to help the insurance company?

US Fails to Protect Workers in Antartica

Talk about on the job, our ever vigilant  MsSparky was there in person

MsSparky keeping an eye on Raytheon at Palmer Station Antarctica

I worked (wintered over) for at the ’s (NSF) Palmer Station, Antarctica in 2002. I know first hand the unique working conditions and safety hazards faced daily by employees at these U.S. stations. There is no hardware store or supply house down the street to get your parts and material from. If the person ordering parts for your job isn’t clear about the scope of the work, you may find yourself improvising. I also believe the NSF lacks in the oversight capabilities necessary to ensure all work is done to applicable codes and in a safe manner. Raytheon basically inspects themselves. Nothing independent about that!! They’ve gone unchecked for years. I know I brought several safety concerns to the attention of the Station Manager (a Raytheon employee) and was told “I just didn’t know how things were done down here!” (I think I worked for that same guy in Iraq!) I haven’t been following the Antarctica work much so I want to thank our friends at Defense Base Act Compensation Blog for bringing this story to my attention.

Rumor has it KBR is bidding on this contract.

Please read MsSparky’s post here

March 31, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Contractor Oversight, Defense Base Act, Follow the Money, KBR, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Finnish Security Firm Still Hoping to Work For Iranian Government

YLE.fi March 31, 2011

A project in which a Finnish company is to provide security services in Iran is facing resistance, slowing progress. Political turmoil has kept Iran’s security and political leadership on their toes. The Finnish project is historic, because western security companies have not previously worked in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The security firm’s fixer Auvo Niiniketo says that the project has met resistance in Iran.

”The project is still alive, but Iran is going through big changes,” says Niiniketo. “We believe in the project, but local decision makers don’t quite dare to make decisions like this.”

Private security contractors are almost unknown in the country, making the Finnish project a groundbreaking concept. The politically sensitive project has been approved at a high level in the country’s security apparatus. There are, however, elements in Mahmoud Ahmedinejad’s government that are opposed to the deal and have slowed down implementation.

Please read the entire article here

March 31, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Private Security Contractor | , , , | Leave a comment

Western aid lines Taliban pockets in Afghanistan

By Emmanuel Duparcq (AFP) March 31, 2011

Much of the construction work being done in Afghanistan is in areas often controlled by the Taliban

KABUL — When Afghan businessman Rahim won a lucrative deal from a NATO sub-contractor to build a road in the violence-hit south of the country, he put in a call to a local Taliban leader.

The pair cut a deal — every month Rahim would meet a Taliban representative and quietly hand over $20,000. In return, the insurgents would leave his project alone.

“It was a good deal. We finished the project in seven months, 20 days ahead of schedule, without once being attacked,” he told AFP.

As the United States and its Western allies ramp up development in Afghanistan ahead of a planned military withdrawal, a significant proportion of the money spent is going to the very organisation they are here to defeat.

March 31, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, USAID | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ugandan women tricked into domestic slavery in Iraq

by Ana Cavell BBC News World March 31, 2011

Sam Tumwesigye and Lt Col Theodore Lockwood rescued 14 Ugandan women

Prossie was working as a schoolteacher when she heard an attractive advert on Ugandan radio.

A Kampala company called Uganda Veterans Development Ltd was recruiting women to work for high wages in shops in US Army bases in Iraq.

She signed up, along with 146 other Ugandan women.

But when she arrived in Baghdad, she discovered that been bought by an Iraqi agent for $3,500 (£2,200). Her real job was as a housemaid for an Iraqi family.

On the other side of Baghdad, at an American military base, a Ugandan security contractor called Samuel Tumwesigye heard what was happening to these women.

He called one of them, Agnes, on a mobile phone she had hidden, and promised to help her.

Please read the entire story here

March 31, 2011 Posted by | Africa, Civilian Contractors, EODT, Iraq, Private Security Contractor | , , , , | Leave a comment

Adam Carney, Security Contractor, dies from apparent heart attack in Afghanistan

See Also Adam Carney’s Family must pay for repatriation

Midview Grad working in Afghanistan dies from heart attack

Adam M. Carney always wanted to help others, even in unstable and dangerous environments.

A 1995 Midview High graduate, the 34-year-old died Monday night of an apparent heart attack while working as a private security contractor in Afghanistan to train the country’s police force.

“That was all he talked about his whole life,” his mother, Wanda, said Wednesday as she and his father, Michael, drove to Atlanta where Carney lived. “He just loved to help people. And he was drawn to the excitement of the work. He liked that it was different all the time.”

Carney, who is survived by two young children, his parents and two brothers, had worked in Afghanistan for a private security contractor for the past 18 months. A former Navy firefighter and Atlanta police officer, he woke up early Tuesday morning and felt ill, according to his mother.

“He went to the (Army) base hospital and was later airlifted to a German hospital (in Afghanistan) where he was pronounced dead,” Wanda Carney said.

Please read the entire story here

March 31, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Contractor Casualties, Private Security Contractor | , , , | Leave a comment

Guard in Olympics explosives arrest

Third arrest over explosives ‘found in car’ belonging to security guard

The Daily Mail April 2, 2011

A third person has been arrested at London’s Olympic Stadium site on suspicion of supplying explosives.

The 61-year-old man is being questioned by police after officers from the Olympic Site Support Unit stopped and searched a woman in a car park off Pudding Mill Lane on Tuesday.


UK Press Association March 30, 2011

A female security guard has been arrested near London’s Olympic Stadium site on suspicion of possessing explosives and drugs.

The 40-year-old dog handler was held after her vehicle was searched, but police said the incident was not thought to be terror-related.

Scotland Yard said police recovered a very small amount of a substance, which was being forensically examined.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “On March 29, acting on information received, police stopped and searched a woman in a car park off Pudding Mill Lane. Her vehicle was searched and a 40-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of possession of an explosive substance and Class A drugs. She is in custody at an east London police station.  Please see the entire article here

A spokesman for security firm G4S, which earlier this month signed a deal to be the official security firm for the Games, said: “Our canine services team is licensed to hold small samples of explosives for training purposes and are required to undertake rigorous training and follow strict operational processes. G4S take breach of operational processes very seriously and are assisting the police with their inquiries in relation to this incident.”

March 31, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, G4S | , , , , , | Leave a comment