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Speed Was a Factor in Deadly Arkansas Charter Bus Crash, Authorities Say

The driver of a charter bus that sped off the highway and rolled into a drainage ditch last month, killing a 9-year-old boy and injuring dozens of others, was driving too fast for conditions, Arkansas authorities said. The charter bus, owned by Flannigan Tours of Southaven, Mississippi, but leased to Scott Shuttle Services, was transporting a youth all-star football team from Dallas home to Memphis when the crash occurred. Arkansas State Police say the charter bus was traveling east on Interstate 30 on Dec. 3. Driver Eula Jarrett, 65, attempted to get off the highway at the 111 exit ramp. ... Read More

Injured Truck Driver Drops Jimmy Buffett From Negligence Complaint

Singer Jimmy Buffett and his signature company Margaritaville have been released from a negligence complaint filed by a truck driver who was severely injured on the job. The complaint, filed by truck driver Mary Kay Puckett, will still pursue damages from Live Nation Entertainment and MGM Resorts, according to The Blast. Ms. Puckett states in her negligence lawsuit that she was hired to transport set pieces and equipment for Jimmy Buffett’s Oct. 15, 2016, show at the MGM in Las Vegas, past of his “I Don’t Know” tour. When she arrived at the venue a crew member verbally accosted her, ... Read More

Couple sues companies for failing to warn about asbestos risks

A Belleville, Illinois couple are suing dozens of companies that used products that contained asbestos alleging that exposure to the carcinogenic material caused one of them to develop terminal cancer. The companies were negligent for failing to warn about the health risks associated with asbestos, the suit claims. Georgann Keener and her husband Richard filed the lawsuit in St. Clair (Illinois) County Circuit Court in December against several companies that Mrs. Keener had worked for beginning in 1972. Her lawsuit claims that she was exposed to and inhaled microscopic asbestos fibers that emanated from some of the products that were ... Read More

Negligent Security Suit Blames Savannah Apartments Over Young Woman’s Murder

The family of a murdered college student has filed a negligent security lawsuit against a Savannah, Georgia apartment complex, alleging lax security measures at the property created a haven for criminal activity. Rebecca Foley, 21, was shot inside her Volkswagen on Jan. 21, 2103, by Bloods gang members while trying to flee a robbery attempt in the parking lot of the Colonial Village at Marsh Cove apartments in south Savannah. A protracted investigation and criminal prosecution resulted in the November conviction of two gang members, who were sentenced to life without parole, and cleared the way for a civil lawsuit ... Read More

Contaminated stem cell injections sicken at least a dozen people

At least a dozen people in three states have developed bacterial infections after getting injections derived from stem cells from umbilical cord blood for ailments like joint and back pain, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. All 12 patients who became sick were hospitalized – three of whom were admitted for a month or more. To date, none of the patients have died. Seven patients were from Texas, four from Florida, and one in Arizona. The patients were sickened by five different types of bacteria, including E. coli. “These are not the organisms you want in your ... Read More

NTSB: Casino Shuttle Boat Fire Caused by Poor Maintenance, Training

A fire that broke out aboard a Tropical Breeze Casino Cruz shuttle boat in Fort Richey, Florida, last year was the result of a deficient maintenance program and a lack of guidance in responding to high-temperature warning indicators, federal investigators said. On Jan. 14, 2018, the casino shuttle boat, a 72-foot-long vessel named the Island Lady, was transporting 53 people to the Tropical Breeze Casino boat about nine miles out in the Gulf of Mexico in international waters when a fire broke out onboard. With the casino shuttle filling with smoke, the captain managed to turn the vessel around and ... Read More

EPA rejects NGOs petition to increase reporting of asbestos

A petition by a group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to amend the chemical data reporting rule (CDA) in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to increase reporting on the cancer-causing mineral asbestos was rejected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The petition, filed last September, argued that current uses of asbestos under the act are “limited, vague and incomplete,” and that more reporting of its use would provide a more accurate picture of its usage. “Without adequate information on ongoing importation and use of asbestos and asbestos-containing products, the risk evaluation will fail to provide a meaningful picture of the ... Read More

Home Depot Whistleblower Files Retaliation Complaint

A former Home Depot employee is suing the national DIY retailer alleging it fired him in retaliation for calling out illegal hazardous waste dumping practices. James Girsch , 65, of Escondido, California, filed a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against Home Depot Nov. 29 in San Diego Superior Court. The former Home Depot paint department supervisor says he was one of the whistleblowers who reported that Home Depot centers in California were “routinely and systematically sending hazardous waste to local landfills that were not permitted to receive those wastes, and were tossing documents containing sensitive customer information into store trash bins, potentially ... Read More

2018 one of safest years in aviation despite 556 fatalities

The year 2017 was the safest in aviation history with 44 people killed in 10 plane crashes. On the surface it seems 2018 was staggeringly worse, with 556 people killed in 15 fatal accidents, according to the Aviation Safety Network (ASN). However, despite the grim statistics, ASN says 2018 is still one of the safest years for commercial aviation on record, with a rate of about one fatality for every three million flights. Of the aviation accidents reported in 2017 and 2018, 12 involved passenger flights and three involved cargo flights. Three of the planes were operated by airlines that ... Read More

BC workgroup offers recommendations to keep people safe from asbestos

British Columbia’s Ministry of Labour is proposing a wide range of actions to improve how asbestos is handled and disposed of in order to protect workers and the public from health hazards posed by the carcinogenic mineral. Representatives from the ministries of labour, environment and energy, health, and municipal affairs and houses, and the provence’s workers compensation agency WorkSafeBC prepared the report titled “Keeping Workers, the Public and the Environment Safe from Asbestos” with input from the construction industry, contractors, workers and employers, homeowners, local governments, and local unions. The workgroup identified broad and specific concerns about the abatement of ... Read More