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Fryer Explosion in Maine Restaurant Leaves Workers With Burn Injuries

Two workers suffered serious burn injuries when a propane-powered deep fryer exploded in the kitchen of a popular southern Maine restaurant Oct. 11. The accident occurred just before 11 a.m. in the kitchen of Rick’s All Seasons Restaurant in York, Maine, when the fryolator suddenly burst into “a ball of fire,” according to Seacoast Online. A sprinkler system quickly put out the fire, but the explosion and hot oil left employees BreeAnne McDowell and Marianne Porter with serious burn injuries. According to Seacoast Online and the Bangor Daily News, York Village Fire Department Chief Chris Balentine said one of the employees ... Read More

Perth public health officials call for investigation into Roundup risks

Public health officials in Perth have joined Cancer Council Australia’s push for a new investigation into glyphosate, the key ingredient in the herbicide Roundup. The move comes just two months after a United States jury slapped Monsanto with $289 million in damages after finding that the company’s Roundup contributed to a school groundskeeper’s terminal blood cancer. In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” based in part on evidence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnoses in humans exposed to the chemical mostly from agricultural means in the United States, Canada and ... Read More

Driver Used Prescription, Illicit Drugs Before Deadly Texas Church Bus Crash

A truck driver who collided head-on with a church bus near Concan, Texas last year was impaired by a combination of prescription drugs and marijuana, federal investigators said. In its Oct. 16 report, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the March 29, 2017, crash that killed 13 people and seriously injured two underscores deficiencies in leadership, law-enforcement training, and bus safety that should be corrected to help prevent similar accidents from happening in the future. The deadly crash occurred when Jack Dillon Young, the 20-year-old driver of a pick-up truck, crossed the center line of U.S. Highway 83, entered ... Read More

Roundup may be killing bee populations worldwide

The popular-yet-controversial weed killer Roundup, blamed for causing users to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, may also be partly responsible for killing bees around the world, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin. Roundup was introduced by Monsanto in the 1970s, and is now the most used herbicide in the world. It contains the active ingredient glyphosate, which in 2015 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) listed as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Monsanto has never warned consumers of this risk nor has it placed warnings on the product’s labels. According ... Read More

SoCalGas sued for exposing firefighters to toxic chemicals

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) knowingly exposed Los Angeles firefighters to cancer-causing chemicals while they were assisting Porter Ranch residents following the October 2015 Aliso Canyon gas leak, according to a 56-page complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The lawsuit, filed by more than two dozen Los Angeles firefighters, alleges that the Aliso Canyon gas leak – the largest methane leak in U.S. history – released toxic amounts of carcinogens like benzene and formaldehyde into a neighboring community. Residents in the area became sick and many opted to evacuate. Firefighters who responded to the scene say they suffered ... Read More

Crops regularly doused with controversial herbicide Roundup

Autumn is the season of harvest. But what many people don’t realize is that much of the produce in North America is doused with the herbicide Roundup, which contains glyphosate, the controversial active ingredient that has been linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Monsanto introduced Roundup four decades ago. It is now the most widely used weed killer in the world among farmers, groundskeepers, landscapers, horticulturalists, and even home gardeners. Glyphosate is sprayed directly on GMO (genetically modified organism) crops like corn and soybeans because they are genetically engineered to be resistant to the chemical. But it is also used on non-GMO ... Read More

Road construction worker’s death is 13th in Minnesota this year

Last week’s crash on Interstate 94 in Minnesota resulted in the 13th fatality of a road construction worker in the state so far this year – already well above average for Minnesota and the highest number on record since 2007 when 17 workers died on the job, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. This crash, like the others before it, “was preventable,” said Lt. Tiffani Nielson with the Minnesota State Patrol. “It’s frustrating for construction workers who have to be out in all conditions, all types of weather and they have to focus on what they are doing,” ... Read More

FDA Seeks Proof that E-cigarette Companies Aren’t Snubbing U.S. Regulations

Federal authorities have expanded a government investigation of the e-cigarette industry while threatening to pull dozens of new vaping products off the market if they are found to be noncompliant with U.S. regulations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it sent letters on Oct. 12 to 21 e-cigarette companies, including the vape units of Big Tobacco companies British American Tobacco, Imperial Brands, and Japan Tobacco as part of a probe to determine whether they are illegally marketing some 40 new products. Earlier this month, FDA authorities paid a surprise visit to the San Francisco offices of Juul, the world’s ... Read More

Penn Bus Crash Kills Cornell Graduate, Injures 12 others

A commercial bus carrying Cornell University students and alumni from Ithaca, New York, to New York City, veered off the highway in Pennsylvania over the weekend, killing one woman and injuring several others. The bus crash killed 33-year-old Rebecca Blanco of Vacaville, California. Ms. Blanco graduated with an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management last year, the Mercury News reported. According to Northeast Pennsylvania’s WNEP, the bus crash occurred shortly after 9 p.m. when the bus left the southbound lanes of I-380 near Moscow, Pennsylvania, in Covington County, a few miles south of Scranton near exit 20. ... Read More

NTSB: Columbia Gas’ Faulty Work Orders Led To Gas Pipeline Explosions

Faulty work orders Columbia Gas of Massachusetts issued to crews upgrading natural gas mains led to a series of explosions and fires that caused widespread property damages across three northern Massachusetts towns, killing one person and injuring 21 others, federal investigators found. In its preliminary report on the Sept. 13 gas explosions, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that work crews were taking a century-old cast-iron gas main out of service and replacing it with a new plastic main. However, Columbia Gas failed to instruct workers to deactivate pressure sensors. The sensors, detecting low pressure in the pipes, automatically ... Read More