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.

Fifth Worker Dies After Power Plant Explosion

TECO power plant explosion - image courtesy ABC Action News

Last Thursday, a fifth worker died of injuries sustained during the June 29th accident at the Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach, Florida. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Armando Perez, 56, died of his injuries after being coated in molten slag, the abrasive waste after the smelting of ore. Slag can reach temperatures of 1,000 degrees or more. Perez was a BRACE Industrial Group worker at the Tampa Electric (TECO) power plant, one of the largest power plants in Florida, who was contracted to assist with maintenance and cleaning of a slag tank. Five other workers were injured in ... Read More

Lawsuit Filed Over Construction Worker Crushed to Death

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A wrongful-death lawsuit has been filed over a construction worker who was crushed to death by a large conveyor hoisted by cranes in Staten Island, New York. The lawsuit was filed by Maria Veloso, the wife of Antonio Manuel Veloso, who died from injuries sustained after the conveyor slammed into him. On March 10, Antonio Veloso, 54, was severely injured “when a drag slat conveyor in the process of being hoisted by two cranes operated by Cranes, Inc. and John J. Gall Crane Service Inc. and rigged by JV Trucking & Rigging LLC, were caused to swing into, strike and ... Read More

Study: Hookah Smoke Linked to Cancer

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A recent ongoing study has convinced researchers that a chemical in hookah smoke, both firsthand and secondhand, is linked to cancer, and has been found to contain benzene, according to A San Diego State University (SDSU) study, funded by the American Cancer Society, has found evidence that burning hookah tobacco creates a chemical that researchers believe causes lung cancer and heart disease. Benzene, which is a known cause of leukemia, was also found in the byproduct. During the study, 3-HPMA (a metabolite of acrolein) was detected in the urine samples of 105 hookah smokers and 103 non-smokers who were exposed to ... Read More

Ethicon blames Physiomesh failures on many factors


The high failure rates associated with Ethicon’s Physiomesh hernia repair mesh is due to a “multifactorial issue,” the company admits. The Florida Record reported that in a lawsuit filed late last year, Ethicon began admitting that there were problems with its hernia mesh product. Ethicon is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The lawsuit was filed by Joanne Quinn, who was implanted with Ethicon’s hernia mesh product in 2014 for treatment of an abdominal hernia. She reports the pain worsened after the surgery and says she began experiencing diminished bowl motility and painful bowel obstruction. A year after being implanted with Physiomesh, Quinn underwent another ... Read More

Alabama Woman Dies After IVC Filter Fails

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A lawsuit has been filed against C.R. Bard over a fractured IVC filter on behalf of an Alabama woman who died after having been implanted with the filter. Effie R. has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Velvet R., who died after receiving a Denali inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, the Daily Hornet reports. Velvet received the IVC filter on Dec. 7, 2015, at a hospital within her state. The device was implanted to prevent blood clots from reaching her heart or lungs. The Denali is a fairly new model made by Bard, but is still known to have the same complications as the G2 and Recovery ... Read More

Residents Sue Michelin, BF Goodrich for contamination


Residents of an Ottawa County, Oklahoma, neighborhood have filed a lawsuit against Michelin and its parent company, BF Goodrich, for “knowingly” contaminating the soil and groundwater with benzene and naphtha. The 112 former and current residents, six of whom are children, allege Michelin and BF Goodrich intentionally didn’t notify appropriate authorities for the disposal of the hazardous chemicals, according to the Miami News-Record. The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA), which includes a legal requirement for industries to report the storage, use and releases of hazardous substances at federal, state, and local government levels, is working in the plaintiffs’ favor. “Defendants’ violations ... Read More

Worker at Library Construction Site Killed by Falling Rock

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A worker was killed at a construction site in Woburn, Massachusetts, when a large rock fell on top of him, The Boston Herald reports. Woburn is located northwest of Boston. Midmorning on Tuesday, July 11, officers from the Woburn police department were called out to the construction site on Pleasant Street, where the Woburn Public Library is undergoing a $31 million renovation. “The preliminary investigation suggests that the decedent, a man in his 30s, had been working alongside the foundation of the building when he was apparently struck by a piece of rock that had broken free,” the District Attorney’s office said ... Read More

Lawsuit Filed by Family of Man Killed in Flash Fire


The family of a man killed in a flash fire at a car dealership has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, seeking justice for the loss of their loved one. According to The Mountain Eagle, on June 12, three workers were killed, one seriously injured, and another mildly injured as a result of a flash fire at Carl Cannon Chevrolet Buick GMC in Jasper, Alabama. Jake Jennings of Locust Fork was severely burned while working in the oil change pit of the dealership’s service department. At the age of 39, Jennings passed away the next day at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. The mother of ... Read More

Ohio Man Files Lawsuit Over Bard IVC Filter

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An Ohio man has joined thousands of others with a lawsuit against C.R. Bard over its allegedly defective retrievable IVC filter. Marton F. was implanted with the G2 inferior vena cava (IVC) filter on Feb. 7, 2011. Doctors thought the device would be effective in preventing pulmonary embolism, but a lawsuit filed by the patient alleges the device failed, injuring Marton. IVC filters are shaped like an inverted umbrella, made of simple tines that are designed to catch blood clots before they enter the heart or lungs. The makers of IVC filters, however, have been faced with thousands of lawsuits due ... Read More

Fourth Worker Dies after Power Plant Explosion

TECO power plant explosion - image courtesy ABC Action News

A fourth worker died this weekend after being blasted by slag at the Big Bend TECO power plant near Tampa, Florida. The terrible accident happened on June 29, where six men were injured. Two of the workers died on site, and one more died of his injuries in the hospital last week. The latest worker to die as a result of the explosion at the power plant is Frank Jones, 55, who had been an employee of Gaffin Industrial for 27 years. Gaffin was contracted by Tampa Electric (TECO) to clean a tank of molten metal known as “slag.” While Jones ... Read More