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NTSB Investigations Frozen During Government Shutdown

Dozens of major transportation accidents are going uninvestigated and others are being skipped entirely as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) remains almost completely furloughed during the government shutdown. Approximately 93 percent of the NTSB’s 397 employees are furloughed during the government shutdown, leaving just five investigators and a few support staff to keep key investigations afloat. Government documents obtained by CBS News show how the shutdown has prevented the NTSB from launching 74 accident investigations, including probes of 20 accidents resulting in 34 deaths and 18 injuries. Twelve of the transportation accidents going uninvestigated involve airplane crashes that resulted in ... Read More

Government shutdown puts fatal plane crash investigation on hold

An initial investigation into a plane crash that killed two Apple Creek, Ohio, men this week found that engine issues may have caused the crash, but the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), generally tasked with investigating and determining the probable cause of civil aviation accidents in the U.S., won’t be able to investigate the incident until the partial government shutdown is over and the agency’s investigators return to work. The accident, which occurred Jan. 21, involved a 32-seat, two-engine 1942 Douglas DC-3 cargo plane. Both the pilot, Brian L. Stoltzfus, and co-pilot, Curtis R. Wilkerson, died in the crash shortly ... Read More

Savannah man killed in work-related accident

A City of Savannah, Georgia man was killed when a piece of heavy equipment ran him over, Savannah police reported. City Manager Rob Hernandez listed the incident as a work-related accident. The deceased, Peter Solomon, 62, was an employee for the Public Works and Water Resources. The incident remains under investigation. According to a preliminary report, a person who witnessed the accident said Solomon was pressure washing a motor grader, which is a construction machine with a long blade used to create a flat surface during the grading process. The grader started to move and then rolled over Solomon. The ... Read More

Fatal Commercial Vehicle Crashes Continue to Rise

Fatal crashes involving large commercial vehicles are on the rise in the U.S., with work-zone accidents and crashes resulting in vehicle occupant deaths showing an alarming upward trend, according to safety data reported by federal regulators. Jack Van Steenburg, chief safety officer for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported the grim numbers at a Jan. 15 session of the 2019 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. According to Transportation Topics, Mr. Van Steenburg said the number of people killed in fatal crashes involving large commercial vehicles was up to 5,005 in 2017, the latest year for which figures are ... Read More

Atmos Energy Seeks Rate Hike in Wake of Deadly Gas Explosion

A year after a gas explosion destroyed a Dallas, Texas home, killing a 12-year-old girl and injuring four others, utility owner Atmos Energy is seeking a rate hike that would allow it to pull in an additional $10.1 million. The proposed rate hike, filed Jan. 15 in Dallas City Hall, comes as Atmos Energy continues to replace pipes in the northwest Dallas neighborhood where three gas explosions erupted on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 of last year. Investigators say the explosion that killed 12-year-old Linda Rogers on Feb. 23 could be linked to faulty compression couplings that can separate when ... Read More

Worker decapitated by helicopter blade

A man working to jumpstart a helicopter at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport in Florida, “died almost immediately,” after being struck in the head by the helicopter’s spinning blade, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. The accident occurred around 3:35 p.m. on Jan. 10. Salvatore Disi, 62, and another man were working near the hangars of the airport to jumpstart a 1993 Bell 230 twin-engine light helicopter, when unexpectedly the spinning rotor blades of the aircraft “suddenly jerked up and then came down.” The blades struck Disi in the head, decapitating him. Fire and rescue workers were initially called ... Read More

United Airlines Flight Stranded in Canada with Broken Door

A medical emergency forced a United Airlines flight to land in remote Newfoundland, Canada, Saturday, but it was a broken door that left the passengers and crew stranded in frigid temperatures for more than 15 hours. United Airlines Flight 179 departed from New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport Saturday afternoon bound for Hong Kong but was diverted to a Canadian military base in Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, so a passenger aboard the aircraft could receive medical treatment. According to CNN, the plane landed in Goose Bay at 9:31 p.m. Medical personnel met the aircraft and transported a passenger to ... Read More

Comatose nursing home patient may have suffered during childbirth

The woman in a decade-long persistent vegetative state who gave birth to a healthy baby boy last month to the surprise of her family and the staff at the Phoenix, Arizona nursing home where she lived, may have suffered great pain during labor and delivery, a maternal fetal medicine expert told CNN. “I can tell you that to go through labor and deliver a baby with absolutely no analgesic is difficult, but I can’t speculate as to what this patient felt, if she felt any pain, if she knew it was happening,” said Dr. Deborah Feldman, director of maternal fetal ... Read More

Benzene Exposure Lawsuit Filed By Industrial Mechanic

A West Virginia man allegedly suffering from years of benzene exposure has filed a negligence lawsuit against multiple companies, claiming they exposed him to benzene on the job but never warned him about its toxicity. David Hyre, an industrial mechanic, filed the complaint in Kanawha (West Virginia) Circuit court, the West Virginia Record reports. He names as defendants CRC Industries, Safety-Kleen Systems, Radiator Specialty Company, United States Steel Corporation, and E. L. du Pont de Nemours & Co. Mr. Hyre’s lawsuit alleges that the defendant companies manufactured, marketed, supplied, sold, and distributed products containing benzene, a chemical that can trigger ... Read More

FDA food inspectors head back to work without pay

Four hundred Food and Drug Administration (FDA) workers furloughed during the partial government shutdown have been called back into work – without pay – to conduct much needed inspections for food, drugs and medical devices, according to a Tweet from FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. The activities are necessary, he Tweeted, “to identify and respond to threats to safety of humans.” The FDA inspects 80 percent of the American food supply to ensure its safety to consumers. Of the agency’s 5,000 inspectors, 150 will be conducting food inspections at facilities considered high risk, such as those with a history of ... Read More