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U.S. Bars Lithium-Ion Battery Cargo from Passenger Planes

Lithium-ion batteries may no longer be transported as cargo on passenger airplanes under a final rule issued by federal regulators at the end of February. Seeking ways to reduce the threat of lithium-ion fires and explosions aboard commercial aircraft, Congress last year directed the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to revise regulations governing the transport of hazardous materials. The new rule also issues restrictions for the transportation of lithium-ion batteries on cargo planes, prohibiting any lithium-ion cells and batteries to be charged above 30 percent of their capacity. “This rule will strengthen ... Read More

IRS gives tax break to victims of sexual harassment

A loophole that prevented victims of sexual harassment who receive settlements from companies or individuals that victimized them from deducting their legal fees on their taxes has been closed, according to Robert W. Wood, a tax expert and contributor to Forbes. The so-called Weinstein tax law passed December 2017 prohibits individuals and companies that paid hush money settlements in sexual harassment cases from deducting those payments from their taxes. But it also prohibited those who received sexual harassment settlement payments from deducting their legal fees as well. For example, if a person received a $500,000 settlement and her lawyer got ... Read More

Several Nations Ground Boeing 737 Max 8 Aircraft Following Ethiopian Airlines Crash

Aviation authorities in several countries are grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes pending the results of investigations and remedial measures after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed Sunday, killing all 157 people aboard. The plane was the second new Boeing 737 Max 8 jet to crash in less than six months. Ethiopia’s civil aviation authorities initially took a “wait and see” stance following the tragic crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 but decided to ground all 737 Max 8 planes in the country after China announced it was suspending all flights of that Boeing model. “There were certain similarities in ... Read More

Suspected Cargo Fire Forces Air Transat Emergency Landing

An Air Transat flight from Montreal, Canada, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, made an emergency landing at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport because of a possible fire in the airplane’s cargo hold. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that firefighters met Air Transat Flight 942 on the runway and passengers were evacuated by emergency slides after the plane diverted to Newark Saturday morning around 8:30. #FAA statement regarding Air Transat Flight 942. pic.twitter.com/1umh1hmCrU — The FAA (@FAANews) March 9, 2019 Some of the 189 passengers and six crew members aboard the Boeing 737 suffered minor injuries, according to the Associated ... Read More

CDC: Experienced supervisors need for dicey tree felling projects

The death of a 21-year-old tree feller, working from a bucket truck as part of a small tree-felling crew, might have been avoided had the contractor ensured that the crew was led by a person with substantial experience in tree felling, and if crews had been equipped with satellite phones to ensure communication with the supervisor and medical emergency services was readily available, according to an evaluation by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program. The tree-felling crew was charged with taking down an 80- to 90-foot, fire-damaged oak tree located below ... Read More

Columbia Gas Costs For Mass. Explosions Top $1 Billion

Columbia Gas and its parent company NiSource expect to pay about $1.3 billion for damages related to a series of natural gas explosions that destroyed parts of three Massachusetts towns in September. The company said that those costs don’t include expenses related to restoration efforts, such as replacing pipeline and modernizing its infrastructure to prevent a similar event from happening in the future. According to the Associated Press, the NiSource’s latest financial reports show the company allocated $757 million to third-party claims filed against the utility, including property damage. The utility incurred an additional $266 million for other expenses related ... Read More

Asphalt company fined after worker death in slat/drag conveyor

Western Engineering Company Inc., was fined $89,032 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), following an investigation into the death of an employee. The accident occurred Nov. 7, 2018, when employee Andrew Martinez, 28, was pulled into an unguarded slat/drag conveyor at the company’s North Platte, Nebraska asphalt plant. He was found dead and pinned inside the machine. Western Engineering Company was slapped with seven serious violations of machine guarding, lockout/tagout and permit-required confined space standards, including failing to develop a confined space entry program; issue safety permits; test atmospheric conditions; and provide air testing ... Read More

Gas Explosion Survivor Calls for Safety Reforms

A Colorado woman whose husband and brother were killed in a natural gas explosion two years ago spoke publicly in support of reforming and strengthening safety, health, and environmental regulations governing the gas industry statewide. Erin Martinez was at her home in Firestone, Colorado with her son, husband, and brother when an accumulation of natural gas from a broken subterranean line ignited, causing a massive explosion that destroyed the house. Ms. Martinez remembers “being blown through the air and trapped between falling debris.” Her son also managed to crawl out of the wreckage, but her husband and brother didn’t survive ... Read More

Ethiopian Airlines Crash Kills 157, Could Signal More Trouble for Boeing

An Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed just minutes after takeoff Sunday morning, killing all 157 people on board, including eight Americans. Flight ET302 departed from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at 8:38 a.m. local time. The plane was headed to Nairobi, Kenya, when it lost contact with air controllers six minutes later. The Ethiopian Airlines jet was a new Boeing 737 Max 8 – the same type of plane that crashed in Indonesia Oct. 29, killing all 189 people aboard. According to The New York Times, the Ethiopian Airlines plane took off in good weather with clear visibility, but ... Read More

Widow sues school district, company for husband’s electrocution death

The wife of an experienced electrician who was killed while performing electrical work at a Buffalo, New York-area high school in 2017, is suing both the school district and the company that managed the project claiming both parties failed to provide a safe workplace for her husband. The lawsuit filed by Christy A. Gause, wife of now-deceased Charles Gause, names Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District and Campus Construction Management Group. Charles Gause was employed with CIR Electrical Construction Corp. On Aug. 30, 2017, Gause was performing electrical work in an electrical closet at the high school that was ... Read More