Natalie Cone

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Natalie Cone is a freelance writer from Birmingham, Alabama. As a nature enthusiast and mother of two boys, she publishes articles about all things outdoors and blogs about the mishaps of motherhood. Her fiction short stories have won three first-place contest awards, and have appeared in various magazine publications and anthologies. You can connect with her at, on Facebook at, or on twitter @nataliecone.

Forklift accident at San Francisco building supply company claims worker’s life

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A San Francisco building supply company has been ordered to pay a $62,000 fine for several safety violations that led to the death of a worker in a forklift accident last November. In an area called the Dogpatch neighborhood, the accident occurred on Nov. 21 at Good View Roofing & Building Supply Co that killed Ruan Qiang, a resident of South San Francisco. Qiang was moving a load of building supplies from the company’s warehouse to a customer’s car using a forklift, a 5-ton vehicle the company often uses for heavy lifting. According to Cal-OSHA, a bag of mortar mix fell from the load and landed ... Read More

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against DuPont alleging Carcinogen Exposure


A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against E.I. DuPont De Nemours, a science and engineering company that makes construction materials, polymers, paints, plastics, printing materials, and more, alleging long-term exposure to “a potent bladder carcinogen known as aminobiphenyl” made a former employee sick. The estate of William Clawson filed the lawsuit in Jefferson County District Court in Texas on April 5, saying Clawson was a long-term employee of DuPont who was exposed to a chemical that led to his death. The suit alleges Clawson’s job description required him to work around aminobiphenyl, a “known human bladder carcinogen,” according to a hazard document produced by ... Read More

Retrievable IVC Filter Migrated, Tilted and Eroded

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Anthony G. from California has filed a lawsuit against Rex Medical over its Option Retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, which migrated, tilted and eroded into his vein. Anthony was inserted with a retrievable IVC filter on Sept. 11, 2011 at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center in Carson City, Nevada, after a history of blood clots. An IVC filter is a cage-like device inserted the vena cava, the largest vein in the body, and is designed to catch blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs, resulting in pulmonary embolism (PE). Five years after the procedure, when he began experiencing shortness ... Read More

EPA Took six Months to Inform residents of Toxic Benzene Levels


When the benzene level in the air at Kim Cupples’ Lansing Township, Michigan, home was found to exceed the state’s evacuation threshold, she says authorities including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) didn’t inform her for six months. During the EPA’s routine screening in March 2016, Cupples’ home measured 1.6 micrograms per cubic meter, then in July 2016 measured 5.96 micrograms per cubic meter. The EPA’s screening level requiring further evaluation is .36, and the state’s evacuation level is 3.6 micrograms per cubic meter. Despite the extremely high levels, the EPA took six months after the testing to “validate” the results and send ... Read More

Option IVC Filter linked to injuries; lawsuit filed against manufacturer

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In 2010, 31-year-old Maria T. was in a car accident and was hospitalized at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. While in recovery, she developed blood clots in the veins deep inside the legs or pelvis, known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), and was inserted with an Option Retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter. An IVC filter is a cage-like device inserted the vena cava, the largest vein in the body, and is designed to catch blood clots before they reach the heart or lungs, resulting in pulmonary embolism (PE). Older models are designed to be implanted permanently. However, newer temporary, or retrievable IVC filters are meant ... Read More

Adventureland worker dies after fall on the job

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A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the wife of an Adventureland worker who was killed last year while operating a water ride. Steve Booher, 68, was a retired postal worker, a former pastor, and was enjoying retirement with this wife, Gladys, by traveling the country in their RV. When the Oklahoma couple arrived in the middle of Iowa, Booher decided to take a job at Adventureland in Altoona.. “Steve was having a great time,” Gladys posted on Facebook. “He loved watching the kids enjoying the rides.” Six days into his new job, on June 7, Booher was tending the Raging River ... Read More

Workplace amputation blamed on defective machinery


A Pennsylvania cardboard box factory worker has filed a lawsuit against Bobst Lyon and Bobst Mex SA claiming the companies were liable for an allegedly defective Martin 924 Flexo-Folder-Gluer machine that seriously injured him, leading to the amputation of his arm. The suit was filed by Ryan Mohammad on March 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, claiming Bobst Lyon and Bobst Mex SA made and sold a defective machine to Mohammad’s employer, Mid-Atlantic Packaging located in Montgomeryville. The lawsuit alleges that by doing so, the companies did not take necessary steps to prevent worker injury. The Martin 924 is ... Read More

Two Porter Ranch Residents Diagnosed with Rare Form of Leukemia linked to benzene exposure

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From October 2015 to February 2016, an estimated 97,000 metric tons of natural gas spewed from a storage well in Porter Ranch, Southern California. Around 8,000 families were relocated to prevent long-term exposure to toxic fumes such as benzene, a known link to cancer. Now, 18 months later, two of those Porter Ranch residents are fighting for their lives. Aliya Hall, age 7, spends a lot of her time at Children’s Hospital undergoing chemotherapy. Zaven Islikaplan, 63, spends more time at the hospital than at home due to his brutal rounds of chemo that require regular breathing treatments. Their diagnoses are identical: acute myeloid leukemia (AML), ... Read More

Goodwill Fined for Willful Safety Violations that Led to Worker’s Gruesome Death

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Goodwill had been warned multiple times both verbally and by letter for hazardous working conditions at an outlet store it operated in California, particularly regarding the use of dangerous equipment. The warnings were ignored, and last September, a 26-year-old employee at the store was killed in a gruesome accident. Cal-OSHA, the workplace safety agency for the state, has now fined Goodwill Industries of Sacramento Valley & Northern Nevada more than $100,000 for six significant safety violations. The Sacramento Bee reports that Dave Goudie, a commercial driver and employee of Goodwill on the waste management team at the time of the accident, had ... Read More

Widower of Woman Killed by Factory Robot Files Wrongful Death Suit

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William Holbrook has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against multiple defendants he believes are responsible for wife Wanda Holbrook’s workplace accident in which she was killed by a malfunctioning factory robot. Wanda Holbrook was a journeyman maintenance technician working for Ventra Ionia LLC in Ionia, Michigan. The company stamps, molds and handles other related services for plastics with a chrome plate, as well as bumpers and trailer hitches. On July 7, 2015, while Holbrook was performing machinery adjustments, a rogue robot rushed into her section, crushing her skull as it attempted to  incorrectly place a hitch assembly where she was working. “Wanda was ... Read More