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Truck Underride Survivor Pushes For Tractor-Trailer Safety

Anita Bomgaars was just 19 when a tractor-trailer entered her lane and crashed into her car head-on, resulting in an underride crash that left her multiple debilitating injuries. Now 63, the Iowa resident has become one of the leading advocates of the Stop Underrides Act, a bipartisan bill introduced in 2017 that would require tractor-trailers and other heavy trucks to be equipped with side underride guards. The bill also seeks to raise standards for the already-required rear-underride guards that all tractor-trailers have. Ms. Bomgaars told the Sioux City Journal that she was driving from her parents’ home in Sioux Center, ... Read More

Singer Ryan Adams accused of exploitation of female musicians

Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams took young female artists under his wing and offered to guide their careers, but later exploited and stifled their ambitions, his ex-wife, singer and actress Mandy Moore, told The New York Times. Times reporters talked to seven women who said they were manipulated by Adams or that he pursued them for sex. Their stories were backed up by associates and correspondence. Many times his interest in young artists became romantic in nature. In one case, he befriended a 14-year-old fan and musician, and while they never met in person, over a nine-month period they exchanged sometimes graphic text ... Read More

California Pipeline Co. Fined $242K for Deadly Trench Collapse

A California pipeline company faces penalties of $242,500 for a deadly trench collapse it could have prevented had it followed basic safety rules. According to Cal/OSHA, on July 27 of last year, Platinum Pipeline Inc. of Livermore ordered its employees to grade the bottom of an unsecured 14-foot-deep trench even when it identified the soil as unstable. The workers, who were given no protection from a possible trench cave-in, were digging trenches to install two storm drain pipes at a residential construction site in Daly City. Three of the five workers were trained and competent in excavation processes and hazards, but ... Read More

Company recently headed by Trump nominee established fund for harassed women

The family-owned company where President Donald Trump’s nominee for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently served as CEO has agreed to pay dozens of women $290,000 over sexual harassment claims. Barry Myers, who was nominated to head up NOAA in October 2017, stepped down as CEO of AccuWeather in January, the same month his nomination was resubmitted. The settlement agreement was signed in June by AccuWeather President Joel Myers, older brother of Barry Myers, following an Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs investigation. Officials found that women who worked at the State College, Pennsylvania-based AccuWeather when Barry Myers ... Read More

NTSB Releases First Report on NY Limo Crash That Killed 20

Federal investigators have released a report on the limo crash that killed 20 people in Upstate New York in October, but the cause of the crash is yet to be determined. The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) preliminary report of the horrific Oct. 6 crash offers little insight into the potential causes but provides some details that investigators garnered after securing access to the wrecked limousine from the Schoharie County District Attorney’s office. According to the NTSB, the limo was a 2001 Ford Excursion with a wheelbase of 11 feet that had been modified to a length of 26 feet ... Read More

Nursing home faces wrongful death lawsuit

The family of an elderly Massachusetts woman is suing the nursing home where she was living for wrongful death, alleging the facility failed to respond to the 88-year-old woman’s cries of distress, and engaged in a cover-up by withholding the identities of four nurses at the facility charged with her care. Kathryn Miller died March 2015 at Alden Court Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Center in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. The nursing home claimed in court documents that Miller died from a seizure. But her death certificate states that she died from asphyxiation. A post-mortem exam revealed something in her throat that resembled ... Read More

Patient accuses plastic surgeon of sexual exploitation

A Wisconsin woman is suing her plastic surgeon for sexual exploitation and medical negligence, and a University of Wisconsin-Madison practice for hiring the doctor knowing he had a history of sexual misconduct in other states. Keri Anne Connaughty of Wausau, Wisconsin, is married mother of three who is an avid runner, triathlete and boxer.  She said she went to see Dr. John Siebert at UW Health Transformations because she was dissatisfied with her appearance. She wanted a tummy tuck and breast augmentation. Siebert promised to “make her look beautiful again.” According to Connaughty’s lawsuit, which was filed in Dane County ... Read More

Cal/OSHA fines contractors for Twin Peaks Tunnel death

Two contractors were cited by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) for numerous safety violations during a job at the Twin Peaks Tunnel in San Francisco that led to the August 2018 death of a signal technician. Shimmick Construction Co. Inc., of Oakland, and Con-Quest Contractors Inc., of San Francisco face $65,300 in fines for violations that led to the death of Patrick Ricketts, 51. Ricketts and others working in the Twin Peaks Tunnel were reportedly under a time constraint the day Ricketts was killed. According to the report, a worker was using a rail crane to ... Read More

Preliminary report on fatal air ambulance accident offers few clues

A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explains the events that led up to the Jan. 29 crash of the Survival Flight medical helicopter in southeast Ohio, but what caused the accident remains a mystery. Pilot Jennifer Topper and flight nurses Bradley Haynes and Rachel Cunningham were killed when the aircraft went down about 15 minutes into the flight. The single-engine, turbine-powered, Bell 407 helicopter was registered to and operated by Viking Aviation LLC, doing business as Survival Flight Inc., as a helicopter air ambulance. According to the report, “visual meteorological conditions existed at the departure location, ... Read More

Pilot in Deadly SoCal Plane Crash Had Fake Cop ID

Authorities investigating a plane crash that killed five people and destroyed a suburban California home earlier this month say the pilot was in possession of fake papers indicating he was a retired Chicago police officer. Pilot Antonio Pastini, 75, who owned a sushi restaurant in Carson City, Nevada, and a number of other restaurants, departed Fullerton Municipal Airport on Feb. 3 and flew about 10 miles when his Cessna 41A broke apart and burst into flames in the air. Parts of the airplane were scattered across four blocks of a Yorba Linda neighborhood, but the largest part of the plane ... Read More