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Tractor-Trailer driver Likely Fell Asleep Before Fiery Georgia Crash

A tractor-trailer driver “presumably fell asleep” at the wheel before crashing through a sound barrier wall on I-75 in northwest Georgia Monday morning, Cobb County authorities said. The fiery crash occurred in the pre-dawn darkness around 5:30 a.m. between Kennesaw and Acworth, Georgia. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, tractor-trailer driver John Thurston likely fell asleep, causing his vehicle to drift from the northbound lanes of I-75. The tractor-trailer struck a series of concrete and metal barriers near exit 273 before crashing through the barrier wall and into a drainage ditch, where it rolled over. The truck, laden with scrap metal, ... Read More

House passes sweeping bill to tackle opioid epidemic

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a sweeping bill tackling the opioid epidemic, designed to provide treatment, save lives, and stop illegal imports of the powerful opioid fentanyl. The bill is being  touted as “the most significant congressional effort against a single drug crisis in United States history.” The 100-page SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act is comprised of more than 50 bills passed by the house in recent weeks aimed at curbing the nation’s opioid epidemic, such as the Overdose Prevention and Safety Act, which arms doctors with information that can prevent overdoses and prevent them from prescribing opioids to ... Read More

AbbVie testosterone case to be retried

An Illinois federal judge has ordered a retrial of the second bellwether in a multidistrict litigation alleging testosterone replacement therapy makers failed to warn about cardiovascular risks with their products. In October, plaintiff Jeffrey Konrad was awarded $140,000 in compensatory damages and $140 million in punitive damages after he blamed AbbVie’s AndroGel for causing his heart attack. But U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly found that the jury’s finding of strict liability clashed with Konrad’s negligence claim. At issue is the instructions given to the jury for strict liability and negligence claims, both of which required the jury to find that ... Read More

Bahamas Boat Explosion Kills U.S. Tourist, Critically Injures Others

Several U.S. vacationers and their families are coping with devastating injury and loss in the aftermath of a boat explosion in the Bahamas. On June 30, a tour boat operated by Four C’s Adventures exploded with 12 people aboard. The boat explosion killed 39-year-old Maleka Jackson of Woodstock, Georgia, and seriously injured her husband, Tiran. The couple was in the Bahamas celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary. The couple was among 12 people aboard the boat who were injured when it exploded. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Jacksons booked a half-day tour with Four C’s Adventures to snorkel and see ... Read More

Fire fighters at greater risk of cancer

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) erected the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Wall of Honor in 1986 to recognize and honor past and future professional fire fighters and emergency medical professional killed in the line of duty. More than half of the fire fighters named on the Wall of Honor since 2002 died from cancer, according to IAFF. “The toxic environments in which fire service members live and work have long been suspected to have an adverse effect on fire fighter health, and studies have backed that up,” the organization states on its website. Fire fighters routinely come in ... Read More

Drowsy driving cause of NH tractor-trailer crash

A New Hampshire man was slapped with a summons for drowsy driving after the tractor-trailer he was driving along Interstate 95 ran off the roadway and struck several trees along the eastern shoulder. The accident occurred around 1:35 a.m. on July 4. Douglas Boles, 59, was officially issued a summons for fatigued operation under the federal motor carrier safety regulations. He was driving a 2015 Freightliner that was hauling a 53-foot box trailer. The accident caused one of the truck’s fuel tanks to rupture, spilling about 70 gallons on the road and requiring cleanup by the State Department of Environmental ... Read More

Logging is by far the most dangerous profession

Logging is by far the most deadly job in the United States with 67 logging deaths reported in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That translates to about 137.7 deaths per 100,000 workers, much higher than the 3.4 per 100,000 average, making logging 39 times more dangerous than the average job. Fishermen faced the second highest rate of death at 54.8 per 100,000 workers. The most worker fatalities occurred among commercial truck drivers, with 885 deaths reported. Farmers came in second with about 252 total deaths. But with far more truck drivers and farmers than loggers, the rate ... Read More

Bakery equipment supply company cited for putting workers at risk

Miami, Florida-based BC Direct Corp., doing business as Robotray, was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for putting workers at risk for electrical shock, fire and explosion hazards, and faces a proposed $42,682 in penalties. The bakery equipment supply company was also cited for putting workers at risk for being struck by an object. Robotray manufactures rack loaders and unloaders, tray stackers and unstackers, as well as depanning, scoring and retractable panning systems for snack food and wholesale bakeries. The company was cited for allowing its employees to use spliced extension cords and ... Read More

Jobs that put workers at increased risk for cancer

The rate of workplace-related cancers has declined in recent years due to an increase in safety regulations, with about 4 percent of cancers in the United States attributed to occupational exposure to carcinogens in the workplace, according to the American Cancer Society. Certain occupations, such as manufacturing, have been associated with a greater risk for cancer than others. Here is a look at some of the jobs that put workers at an increased risk for cancer. Construction – Construction workers are more likely than those in other professions to be exposed to asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that was commonly ... Read More

Commercial vehicle crash injures two sanitation workers

Two sanitation workers were injured after the brakes of the garbage truck they were driving gave out, causing the loaded trash truck to collide with a tractor-trailer south of Wellersburg, Pennsylvania. The Reese garbage truck appeared to hit the guardrail before flipping onto its passenger side then traveling sideways down a hill before crashing into the back of the tractor-trailer, state police said. The driver and passenger of the garbage truck were stuck inside the crushed cab for about an hour and a half as rescue crews worked to free the men. Both men were flown from the accident, suffering ... Read More