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Sarah Mahan

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Sarah Mahan joined the Beasley Allen team as a writer after dabbling in newspapers and magazines. Her work, ranging from short news pieces to in-depth features, has been previously found in several community newspapers and the Alabama Alumni Magazine. Sarah’s current position with BA includes writing online content for the firm’s websites, publications and social media along with assorted assignments for outside publications. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, debating if going for a run is actually worth it, or as a University of Alabama grad, obligatorily yelling, “Roll Tide!” with friends and family Saturdays in the fall.

Landfill worker found dead in trash compactor after landslide

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Authorities have identified the body of a 49-year-old landfill employee who was found inside a compacting machine that was buried under 40 feet of trash after a landslide. The body of William L. Pierce, a decade-plus veteran with Advanced Disposal, was discovered Feb. 10 at the Greentree Landfill in Elk County, Pennsylvania. His body was recovered two days after a large amount of waste and dirt shifted off a large disposal area, burying large equipment and multiple workers. Though four workers escaped the slide before emergency services arrived, Pierce remained unaccounted for and crews worked for days to locate him and ... Read More

Elevated lead levels found in California industry workers’ blood

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One of a number of possible toxins that workers can potentially be exposed to, lead has made headlines lately for its toxicity in drinking water, but a new study shows lead is also an issue for California workers in munitions, manufacturing and other industries. A January 2017 study by the Occupational Health Branch of the California Department of Public Health, known as Cal/OSHA, found of the 38,440 workers who had their blood tested for lead from 2012 through 2014, 6,051 workers had elevated levels, according to PBS. An elevated lead level is considered 5 or more micrograms of lead per ... Read More

Vizio televisions allegedly recorded data without consent; company settles

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While consumers have been watching TV, their TVs may have been watching what they were watching as well. According to a complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the New Jersey Attorney General and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, consumers have been unaware that while watching their internet-connected Vizio televisions, the company was recording data on their viewing habits and transmitting it back to data servers to be sold to advertisers and others. Vizio agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle charges that  it was collecting viewer data on 11 million consumer TVs without consumers’ consent or ... Read More

Off-road vehicle accident involving Britney Spears’ niece highlights ATV safety concerns

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An off-road vehicle accident involving Britney Spears’ niece, Maddie Aldridge, 8, on Feb. 5 has heightened safety concerns over the age children can safely operate the vehicles, which are often used recreationally. Maddie was riding in a Polaris off-road vehicle at her home in Kentwood, Louisiana, when the vehicle flipped into a pond. Initial reports say Jamie Lynn Spears, stepfather Jamie Watson and other family couldn’t free her from the seat-belt and safety netting, leaving her submerged for several minutes. Emergency services eventually were able to free her and pull her out, according to USA Today. “Within seconds the child’s ... Read More

Residents are seeking $722.4 million in damages over Flint Water Crisis

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More than 1,700 Flint, Michigan, residents are seeking $722.4 million in damages over the alleged mishandling of the city’s water crisis. Jan Burgess, individually and on behalf of 1,703 residents, sued the U.S. government in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan contending the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is liable for damages under the Federal Tort Claims Act due to negligence, specifically that the EPA failed to adhere to specific regulations and caused plaintiffs’ injuries, according to Lexis Legal News. In the suit, filed Jan. 30, the plaintiffs maintain the EPA failed to take mandatory steps, including ... Read More

Bolton Furniture Dressers Recalled Due To Tip-Over and Entrapment Risks

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Bolton Furniture and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have recalled about 1,000 dressers due to tip-over and entrapment risks. The recall of Two Over Two 4-drawer dressers made by the Morrisville, Vermont, company was issued Jan. 31 for not complying with the performance requirements of U.S. voluntary industry standards, according to the CPSC. Models included in the recall are Cambridge 8614, Emma 8314, Essex 6614, Wakefield 8014 and Woodridge 8414. Model names and numbers can be found on the QC/production sticker located on the back of the dresser. The dressers were sold in cherry, chestnut, espresso, honey, ivory, natural ... Read More

American Heart Month stresses awareness, prevention

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The red worn on the first Friday of February wasn’t to celebrate Valentine’s Day early. It was a reminder that the day associated with romance also coincides with another heart-related recognition: American Heart Month. Each February since President Lyndon Johnson first declared American Heart Month in 1964 has been used to raise awareness about heart disease, the nation’s No. 1 killer. This year’s National Wear Red Day for American Heart Month was held Feb. 3. Every year one in four deaths in the United States is due to heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ... Read More

National Bath Safety Month stresses year-round vigilance

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Rub-a-dub-dub. Time for baby’s wash in the tub. For newborns, bath time may be an every-few-days occurrence, and for toddlers, it may be a nightly event, explaining why though officially marked in January, National Bath Safety Month stresses year-round vigilance. Whether it’s in a tub, sink or plastic basin, bath time is often filled with splashes and giggles, but if caregivers aren’t careful, it can quickly turn into a dangerous situation. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children 1 to 4 years old, outranking accidental shootings, poisonings, falls and smoke/fire exposure combined, the Sun-Sentinel reports, citing National ... Read More

NYCOSH report finds NYC construction fatality rates are on an upward trend

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The most recent New York City construction fatality report has workers, advocates and government officials calling for increased worker training and stronger regulations to help curb the number of injuries and fatalities. The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) report, “Deadly Skyline: An Annual Report on Construction Fatalities in New York State,” found employers routinely violate worksite safety regulations, NYC construction fatality rates are on an upward trend and Latino construction workers die at disproportionately high rates. In the past two years, 30 workers have died at NYC construction sites and 464 have died in the last ... Read More

NHTSA investigation results shed light on the first-ever death in a self-driving car

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) closed its investigation last week of a fatal crash between a tractor trailer and a Tesla Model S under autonomous control. The NHTSA investigation results shed light on the first-ever death in a self-driving car. At the time of the July 2016 incident, Righting Injustice reported the crash, which killed 40-year-old Joshua Brown on a divided highway in Williston, Florida, might have been caused by blaring sun blocking Brown’s and the Model S autopilot system from seeing the truck making a left turn in front of it. The NHTSA investigation revealed the crash ... Read More