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Jennifer Walker-Journey

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Jennifer Walker-Journey is a professional writer whose 20-year career spans from newspapers and magazines to Ezines and business blogs. Her primary focus is corporate and business writing, though she relishes any opportunity to write features. In her limited free time, Jennifer strives to finish the novel she is writing. She lives in Birmingham with her husband, Rick, and their insatiably curious son, Truman.

Former EMT shares story of son’s opioid overdose in hopes of helping others

“Here, Corey. Just take this. It will knock the pain right out.” For the first time, Chuck Deprill was talking publicly about the events that led up to his son’s opioid overdose death in 2011. In a speech to first responders, he shared how Cory was dealing with pain after a recent hernia repair surgery but needed to return to his full-time job as a wheelchair van driver. A friend offered him an Oxycontin. “And that was the beginning…” Deprill said. That one pill led to more pills, to a strong dependence for more opioids, and on to a heroin ... Read More

Florida manufacturer fined $400,000 for worker safety violations

Hialeah, Florida-based PGT Industries Inc., operating as CGI Windows and Doors Inc., was hit with nearly $400,000 in fines by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following an inspection prompted after an employee at the plant suffered a partial finger amputation while working on an unguarded punch press. The penalties include the maximum amount allowed by law for worker safety violations that can cause life-altering injury, OSHA said in a statement. The window and door manufacturer was cited for failing to implement a program to inspect mechanical power presses and correct unsafe conditions, and failing to ... Read More

First Roundup trial in federal court to begin February 2019

U.S. District Judge Vince Chaabria selected the first federal trial accusing Monsanto’s glyphosate-containing weed killers of causing cancer. The case of California resident Edwin Hardeman will be tried as a bellwether among more than 620 pending in the federal litigation in February 2019. The trial is scheduled six months after the first case among more than 9,000 went to trial in a California state court. School groundskeeper DeWayne “Lee” Jackson was awarded $289 million after a jury found that his regular use of Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides caused him to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. His award was later reduced ... Read More

Asbestos victim advocates call on G20 leaders to ban asbestos

As 20 of the world’s leaders gathered in Buenos Aires, Argentina this week for the G20 summit to address global economic growth, international trade, and the regulation of financial markets, “there will certainly be much talk about markets, labor and more,” says Linda Reinstein, co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). “I feel it is important that these leaders speak about the fact that seven G20 nations – Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, and the U.S. – are still mining, exporting, importing, and/or using asbestos, a known and deadly carcinogen.” Reinstein is a champion for victims of asbestos, ... Read More

Woman blames asbestos exposure for lung cancer diagnosis

When June Hollinger was diagnosed with lung cancer in June 2016, and learned that it was likely caused by exposure to asbestos, she knew who to blame – the companies that manufactured, sold, distributed or installed products that contained asbestos at the companies where she was employed during her career in South Carolina. Hollinger filed the lawsuit Nov. 8 in the St. Louis (Missouri) 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against FMC Corp., and General Electric Co, alleging the companies knew their asbestos-containing products were dangerous but failed to warn workers or provide them with instructions on how to handle the highly ... Read More

Two FedEx suppliers face lawsuits after worker was crushed to death

The family of a material handler crushed to death under a cargo lift at the FedEx world hub in Memphis, Tennessee, has filed a lawsuit against two suppliers alleging equipment the companies supplied lacked effective safety mechanisms to protect workers, according to the Daily Memphian. The lawsuit was filed Nov. 22 in Shelby County Circuit Court and names JBT Aerotech of Chicago and Fast Global Solutions of Glenwood, Minnesota. The accident occurred when Ellen Gladney, 60, was caught beneath the cargo lift as her crew prepared to unload a Boeing 777F. Gladney’s job that day was to carry the hand-held ... Read More

DeVos proposes new protections for those accused of sexual assault at schools

One day after seven women at Dartmouth College filed a $70 million class-action lawsuit against the university for failing to take seriously their claims of “Animal House”-like sexual harassment and assault by a group of professors, the Trump administration proposed a revamp of Obama-era guidelines for colleges and universities that would shrink the definition of sexual assault and harassment, and provide more protections for those accused of sexual misconduct. “Every survivor of sexual violence must be taken seriously, and every student accused of sexual misconduct must know that guilt is not predetermined,” said Education Department Secretary Betsy DeVos, who is ... Read More

Lawsuits hold several parties responsible for fatal aircraft crash

A Canadian flight school, a North Carolina airplane parts manufacturer, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have been hit with lawsuits alleging negligence which led to an airplane crash that killed three people. The crash occurred Oct. 16, 2016, on an aircraft owned and operated by the St. Catharines Flying Club of Niagara on the Lake, on a flight from Richmond, Virginia to St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. All persons on board – two passengers and the pilot – were killed. The lawsuit claims that the crash was caused by the failure of the aircraft’s Tempest Vacuum Pump, which was manufactured by Aero ... Read More

Decontamination kits donated to Florida firefighters

Firefighters are at greater risk than the general public of developing cancer because they often come in contact with carcinogenic fumes, like benzene which can cause blood cancers like acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and materials like asbestos that can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that develops in the lining of internal organs like the lungs. In an effort to reduce this risk among firefighters, the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center distributed 4,000 decontamination kits to fire departments across the state. Up to 85 percent of the soot can be removed from the firefighter’s ... Read More

Patient neglect rampant at VA nursing homes

A half dozen veterans’ groups representing nearly 5 million members asked the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve the care at its nursing homes after an investigative report by USA TODAY and the Boston Globe revealed “blatant disregard for veteran safety” at a VA nursing home in Massachusetts. A whistleblower had alerted officials of about possible signs of nursing home neglect at the Brockton VA facility, such as bedside urinals left unemptied and patients being regularly left unchecked. The home knew health officials would be following up on those claims by inspecting the facility for potential signs of neglect. But ... Read More