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Train Conductor’s Arm Amputation Triggers Lawsuit

An accidental arm amputation is the basis of a former railroad conductor’s lawsuit against Pan Am Railways. The lawsuit, filed by former Pan Am Railways conductor Matthew Larson in New York Supreme Court in Schenectady, alleges that the regional railway failed to provide a safe working environment by making sure the tracks were clear of debris, the Albany Times Union reports. Mr. Larson, 22, of Rensselaer County, New York, was on a train approaching a switch to the main line Dec. 15. He was giving a countdown to the engineer when an object, believed to be a tree limb, pulled ... Read More

Family of film worker Killed By CSX Train Awarded $3.9M

A Chatham County, Georgia, jury ordered CSX Transportation to pay nearly $4 million to the family of a film crew member killed on a railroad trestle in 2014 during the shooting of a biopic about Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band. Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was run over by a CSX freight train and killed during the first day of filming “Midnight Rider” on Feb. 20, 2014. The crew was on a railroad trestle in Southeastern Georgia filming a scene with actor William Hurt, who was cast to play Mr. Allman, when a CSX train barreled through ... Read More

Stuntman Killed On Set of The Walking Dead

A stuntman filming for AMC’s hit television show The Walking Dead died last week from injuries he suffered from a fall on the show’s set in Georgia. John Bernecker, 33, was flown to Atlanta Medical Center Wednesday, July 12, after falling more than 20 feet from a balcony on The Walking Dead set to a concrete floor below. He died at 6:30 p.m. the same day from blunt force trauma, including a head injury, Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk said. The Walking Dead has been filmed in and around the town of Senoia, Georgia, just southwest of Atlanta, since it ... Read More

Air Canada Flight Nearly Lands On Crowded SFO Taxiway

A “potentially catastrophic” aviation disaster was narrowly averted Friday, July 7, when an Air Canada flight started to descend onto a taxiway at San Francisco International Airport where four passenger jets were waiting to take off. Air Canada Flight A759, arriving at SFO from Toronto, was cleared to land just before midnight on runway 28R, which runs parallel to the taxiway where planes line up to enter the runway for takeoff, the Mercury News reported. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials continue to investigate why the Air Canada pilots confused the strips and mistakenly set a course to land on the ... Read More

Goodwill Driver Fired After Witnessing Coworker’s Horrific Death

A former Goodwill truck driver who witnessed a coworker’s horrific on-the-job death last September says that the charitable organization fired him when he returned from a weeklong break to deal with the psychological trauma of the accident. Dave Goudie, 56, told The Sacramento Bee that instead of providing sympathy and support in the wake of the gruesome accident, Goodwill Industries of Sacramento Valley and Northern Nevada instead fired him after he returned to work from a paid administrative leave. Mr. Goudie told The Bee Goodwill fired him in retaliation for being a safety-minded employee who had warned the organization about multiple ... Read More

Worker Death at Deadly Detroit-Area Steel Plant Under Investigation

A 32-year-old worker fell to his death May 22 while working at U.S. Steel’s Great Lakes Steel mill in Ecorse, Michigan, just outside Detroit. The death was the fourth to occur at the plant in less than four years. Ecorse authorities have released little information about the worker’s death, saying only that the man fell 20 feet to his death and that city police and fire services were not called because the company keeps its own emergency personnel. The Southgate News Herald reported that Ecorse police “confirmed that a man working at U.S. Steel was killed at about 3:30 a.m. Monday ... Read More

ExxonMobil Not Cooperating in Discovery, Family of Man Killed in Texas Plant Claims

The family of a worker who died in an industrial accident at an ExxonMobil petrochemical plant in Beaumont, Texas, has filed a motion to compel discovery in the case, alleging the corporate energy giant refuses to cooperate. According to the SE Texas Record, Hector Barron filed suit against ExxonMobil in Jefferson County, Texas, Court, May 17, 2016, seeking damages of more than $1 million for the death of his brother and coworker Miguel Barron. The lawsuit also names AltairStrickland, an industrial engineering company that specializes in petrochemical plant turnarounds, and B&G Crane Service. The lawsuit alleges that on May 11, ... Read More

Deadly accident at California construction site Leads To Steep Penalties

A deadly accident at a residential construction site in Los Angeles resulted in fines of more than $350,000 for two California contractors. The California Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health, known as Cal/OSHA, said it assessed fines of $352,570 for multiple workplace safety and health violations against D&D Construction Specialties, Inc. and Tyler Development, Inc. following an incident in which a worker who was lowered into a 50-foot drainage shaft fell to his death. General contractor Tyler Development was constructing a single-family residence in the Bel Air area of Los Angeles and hired subcontractor D&D Construction to install ... Read More

Boy Crushed To Death In Atlanta’s Revolving Restaurant

A 5-year-old boy was crushed to death Friday afternoon after being caught in a revolving restaurant at the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta. The boy, identified by Atlanta authorities as Charlie Holt, was visiting Atlanta with his family from Charlotte, North Carolina. He was having lunch at the Sun Dial restaurant with his parents. The restaurant continually revolves on the 73rd floor of the hotel, giving diners a 360-degree view of the city and surrounding area. The child reportedly wandered about four or five feet away from the window table where his parents were seated and ... Read More

AAA Report: Drowsy Driving As Bad or Worse Than Drunk Driving

Most drivers know that drinking and driving can result in serious injury or death, thanks to the work of groups such as M.A.D.D. and other public safety advocates. But very few realize that sleep deprivation, even at seemingly minimal levels, can be just as dangerous behind the wheel as drinking. According to a new report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers who miss just one to two hours of the recommended seven-hour sleep cycle in a 24-hour period nearly double at risk of crashing. The risk of crashing more than quadruples when drivers miss between two and three ... Read More