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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 | , , , , , , ,


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