Slade Methvin

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OSHA hits Formed Fiber Technologies with fine for 14 violations of worker safety, hazardous workplace

Formed Fiber Technologies LLC in Sidney, Ohio, has been issued 14 safety citations, including willful and repeat citations, as well as a notice of failure to abate, with proposed fines totaling $816,500. This comes after they provided false documents and made false representations claiming that the previous violations were corrected. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began an inspection into this as a follow up to the Severe Violators Enforcement Program. “Formed Fiber Technologies apparently decided that production was more important than ensuring its workers’ safety. They provided false abatement documentation to OSHA. They knew how hazardous these machines ... Read More

CPSC asks children to help promote the ‘Invisible Killer: Carbon Monoxide’ with poster contest

The dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) are very real. It is often referred to as the invisible killer. It cannot be seen or smelled so you must be very aware of where it can occur. To help promote awareness, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is sponsoring a nationwide carbon monoxide safety poster contest for middle school kids to help warn people about the dangers of CO. Youngsters are encouraged to create a poster about the dangers of carbon monoxide. Possible topics include: •Facts about CO: You cannot see it or smell it. It is an invisible killer; •What ... Read More

FDA revokes approval for seven painkillers containing acetaminophen

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revoked approval for seven narcotic painkillers containing acetaminophen, including versions of AbbVie Inc.’s Vicodin. The agency has done this in response to recent concerns about these drugs’ potential of causing liver damage. Just three years earlier, regulators announced a plan to cap the amount of acetaminophen allowed per dose to 325 milligrams. Three versions of Abbvie’s Vicodin that combine acetaminophen and hydrocodone were affected by this. Also, companies such as Actavis Inc., Nesher Pharmaceuticals USA LLC, West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corp, and Leitner Pharmaceuticals LLC, that all made products containing acetaminophen had those product ... Read More

Refunds for recalled Buckyballs magnets now available online through January 2015

Customers who purchased high-powered magnets known as Buckyballs or Buckycubes made by Maxfield and Oberton Holdings, which is no longer in business, may finally apply for a refund for the recalled products. Owners of this product can return the magnets and get a full refund. Partial refunds may be provided depending on the number of magnets returned.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to immediately stop use of all Buckyballs and Buckycubes and visit to request a refund. The loose, high-powered magnets were recalled due to them being a choking hazard for children. Since 2009, the ... Read More

New York attorney general reports data breach rates at all time high

New York State is being electronically breached like never before. According to a report released by the New York attorney general’s office, public and private institutions experienced more than 900 data breaches in 2013. That is a record-breaking number. These breaches exposed the personal and financial records of 7.3 million workers. The report showed that nearly 40 percent of the data compromised in the past eight years is due to online hackers. “What’s truly shocking about this report, beyond the fact that hacking is now the greatest threat to our personal information and costs us billions of dollars, is that ... Read More

Flesh-eating bacteria kills man after fishing trip in Gulf; how can you protect yourself?

A man named Nick Duvernay from Ocean Springs, Miss., died Tuesday just days after coming in contact with the flesh-eating bacteria Vibrio vulnificus. This came on the heels of his fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. David Spencer, Sr., has worked with Vibrio vulnificus a lot of over the years. “It is a saltwater-surviving bacteria, so saltwater does not damage the bacteria, it actually lives in saltwater, so we see it in all of our estuaries,” Spencer explained. Duvernay’s family says that he had a weak immune system and Dr. Spencer agrees that this is most likely the ... Read More

FDA refuses Public Citizen’s request to ban transvaginal mesh from market

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rejected the request made by Public Citizen in 2011 to recall existing surgical mesh products, specifically transvaginal mesh, and ban them from the market. The FDA says that a rigorous review is sufficient enough. The FDA said it “may consider future action against individual products or this product type as appropriate.” Transvaginal mesh is used to repair conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The mesh is implanted through the vagina and is used to shore up pelvic organs that have become displaced due to age, childbirth, ... Read More

Target listed among top 10 worst data breaches in U.S. history

A data breach is modern thievery through technology. “Hackers” access a company’s unsecured database and steal account and personal information, such as credit and debit card numbers, PINs, addresses, phone numbers and even social security numbers. Identity theives then use this sensitive information to create counterfeit credit cards or to otherwise access their victims’ financial information. There have been many data breaches over time, and they seem to be getting worse as hackers figure out ways around security measures. Most of the time when data breaches occur bad things happen and people are taken advantage of. The recent breach at ... Read More

Bollinger Fitness recalls resistance bands for possible injury hazard

Working out or staying in shape is something a lot of us do, but when the equipment puts you at risk there is a problem. Bollinger Fitness has issued a recall totaling about 63,000 units of their fitness resistance bands with door anchor attachment. The black plastic ball attached to the door anchor can unexpectedly release and strike the user posing a serious hazard to the consumer. To date there has been one report of this happening and it resulted in an injury. The fitness band is four feet long and made of gray rubber with black foam handles and ... Read More

Deadly ATV accident underlines the importance of safety when operating these vehicles

All-terrain-vehicles, or ATVs, are not something we normally think of as dangerous. However, just recently a man was killed while riding one on the road. Thirty-seven-year-old Antonio Farrow was killed in Wetumpka, Ala., on Monday while riding his ATV. He was driving along the roadway when his ATV left the road and he struck a tree at approximately 7:42 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials investigating the case noted that ATVs are not meant to be driven on the roadways. They are harder to control on pavement and this is oftentimes where the accidents occur. The Consumer ... Read More