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PA says Tesla medical clinic regularly downplayed worker injuries

Anna Watson has worked in the medical field for nearly two decades as a physician assistant, treating patients at a petroleum refinery, a steel plant, emergency rooms, and a trauma center. But she says she had never seen anything like what was happening at the Tesla electric car factory in Fremont, California. “Every company that I’ve worked at is motivated to keep things not recordable,” she told Reveal News. “But I’ve never seen anybody do it at the expense of treating the patient.” She says workers who reported health issues like chest pain, breathing problems or extreme headaches were dismissed ... Read More

‘League of Legends’ developer hit with sexual harassment lawsuit

Two women have filed a lawsuit against Riot Games accusing the League of Legends developer of violating California equal pay laws, sexual harassment, and discrimination against women. The proposed class action lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Melanie McCracken, who has worked with the company for five years, and Jessica Negron, who worked at the gaming studio from April 2015 to April 2017. The lawsuit accuses Riot Games of “creating, encouraging, and maintaining a work environment that exposes its female employees to discrimination and retaliation.” It also claims the company pays its female employees less than ... Read More

FDA To Restrict Sale of E-Cigarette Flavors

Federal authorities are barring the sale of fruit- and candy-flavored e-cigarette liquids in gas stations and convenience stores next week in an effort to beat back a surge of vaping among teens and children. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will still allow the sales of e-liquid – the nicotine-infused liquid that vaporizes in an e-cigarette – at those retail locations, but only in tobacco, mint, and menthol flavors, The Washington Post reports. The FDA also plans to order online retailers of e-cigarette products to implement stricter age-verification controls. The new restrictions, however, will not apply to vape shops and ... Read More

Man electrocuted on the job awarded $16 million in damages

Colorado Electrical contractor Excel Electric was ordered to pay a former construction worker $16 million after he was electrocuted on the job, leaving him with lifelong disabilities. Brian Warembourg was working at a new construction site in Berthoud, Colorado, when he noticed there was no power source for his tools. He went to the breaker box to see if he could resolve the issue. Instead, it exploded, sending an electrical charge through his hands. “We believe it exited through a metal bracelet I had on my wrist,” he told Denver7. Warembourg said he felt like he had died when he ... Read More

Lion Air Plane Crash Prompts Boeing to Issue Safety Bulletin

Prompted by the crash of a Lion Air 737 Max 8 jet in Indonesia last month, Boeing has issued a safety advisory to pilots on how to handle faulty readings from a key flight-control sensor. “The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee has indicated that Lion Air Flight 610 experienced erroneous input from one of its AOA (Angle of Attack) sensors,” Boeing said in the statement. A misreading in the sensor can cause the plane to dive suddenly and confuse pilots. All 189 people aboard Lion Air Flight 610 from Jakarta to the island of Bangka died when the plane crashed ... Read More

Widow Sues Honeywell Over Husband’s Gas Explosion Death

The widow of a utility worker who was killed in a July 2017 gas explosion in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Honeywell International and other defendants, alleging their errors claimed the life of her husband. Richard Bouder, 54, was part of a three-worker UGI crew responding to reports of a gas odor at a house in Manor Township when a gas explosion leveled the house and rocked the surrounding neighborhood. Mr. Bouder was killed in the blast and the other two workers were seriously injured. Kim Bouder’s complaint, filed in Philadelphia County Court, includes claims ... Read More

German Shipping Co Pays $3.2 Million Criminal Fine for Oil Dumping

A German shipping company must pay a $3.2 million criminal fine to resolve charges stemming from its deliberate dumping of oil waste in U.S. waters and maintaining false records, a federal judge in Maine decided. MST Mineralien Schiffahrt Spedition und Transport GmbH pleaded guilty to charges of obstruction of justice and for maintaining false official records to conceal the deliberate pollution from one of its ships, the M/V Marguerita, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Nov. 2 announcement stated. Federal prosecutors said the German shipping company violated the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and obstructed justice with its falsified log ... Read More

Sheriffs deputy killed en route to high-priority water rescue

Waller County Texas sheriffs deputy Loren Vasquez was killed last week en route to a high-priority water rescue during storms in the area. She was last heard over the radio saying, “543 en route,” before her car apparently hit a patch of water in the road and went airborne, landing upside down in a water-filled ditch. Law enforcement arrived at the scene but had difficulty reaching Vasquez in her vehicle. “I can’t get the doors open. Can you break the window? I’ve broken a window. I can’t get the doors open,” said officers on the scene. Vasquez was eventually freed from ... Read More

One Death Reported in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Turkey

An ongoing outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to raw turkey has been blamed for one death and 164 confirmed illnesses in 35 states, federal health officials reported. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the death in a Nov. 8 announcement that also said 63 of the patients with confirmed salmonellosis linked to turkey have been hospitalized. The CDC and state health officials continue to investigate the widespread salmonella outbreak but say it is not linked to a single source. Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that raw turkey products from a variety of sources are contaminated with the ... Read More

Severely Injured Tesla Model S Driver Sues Over Autopilot Crash

When Shawn Hudson bought a 2017 Tesla Model S for his long commutes to and from work, he invested $5,000 for the autopilot add-on, convinced that it would make his four-hour drives easier. He never thought the safety feature would send his car into the path of a disabled vehicle while going 80 mph. Mr. Hudson survived the crash, but he suffers from severe and permanent brain and spinal injuries, according to a lawsuit he filed against Tesla. The basis of his complaint is that Tesla often describes its autopilot as a driver assistance feature, indicating that drivers need to ... Read More