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Whistleblowers Help Recover $10 Million From Alabama, Florida Nursing homes

Two management consulting companies and nine affiliated Alabama and Florida nursing homes will pay $10 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by a whistleblower who accused the defendants of scheming to provide patients with unnecessary therapy and then billing Medicare for the unneeded services. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Southern SNF Management, Inc., Rehab Services in Motion (doing business as Dynamic Rehab) and the nursing homes instituted corporate policies and practices that encouraged the nursing facilities to provide patients with “medically unreasonable and unnecessary therapy without regard for patients’ individual clinical needs.” The defendants then ... Read More

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak sickens 100

Boxes of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal tainted with Salmonella are still being sold in some stores despite being recalled last month by the company, increasing the number of people who have fallen ill after eating the sweetened puffed wheat cereal to 100 in 33 states, 30 of whom have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported to date. Kellogg Company agreed to recall affected boxes of Honey Smacks in June after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state partners. The products had been distributed across the United States including Guam ... Read More

Worker’s Widow Sues Colonial Pipeline Over Deadly 2016 Explosion

Colonial Pipeline is facing more legal trouble in the wake of its deadly 2016 pipeline explosion near Pelham, Alabama, that killed two workers and seriously injured five others. A new lawsuit filed July 9 in a Fulton County, Georgia State Court accuses Colonial Pipeline and a contractor of wrongful death, negligence, and wantonness, among other charges, in connection to the Oct. 31, 2016 explosion, according to the Daily Report. The lawsuit was filed by the widow of one of the workers killed in the blast and another worker who was seriously injured. The plaintiffs allege that a Colonial Pipeline project ... Read More

NTSB Final Report, 2016 Alabama Medical Helicopter Crash

In March 2016, a Haynes Ambulance LifeFlight medical helicopter crashed in a heavily wooded area in Southeast Alabama, according to the Jere Beasley Report. The air ambulance was transporting a motor vehicle accident (MVA) victim to a hospital in Montgomery. Darkness, rain and fog hampered the search for the downed flight, which wasn’t discovered for seven hours. The pilot, flight nurse, flight medic and MVA victim were killed. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the crash and released its final report last month. The investigation determined that pilot error combined with inadequate oversight by the operational control center (OCC) was ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Melons Grows

A melon recall triggered by a multistate outbreak of Salmonella-related illnesses has been expanded to include 10 additional states, bringing the total number of states affected by the outbreak to 23, according to federal health officials. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the recall encompasses pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit salads containing one or more of those melons produced and distributed by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, Indiana. Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee have been added to the list of states where the melon may be contaminated with salmonella, the ... Read More

73 people infected with Salmonella after eating Honey Smacks cereal

At least 73 people in 31 states have fallen ill from Salmonella infections and health authorities say the likely culprit is Kellogg’s Honey Smacks sweetened puffed wheat cereal. As a result, the Kellogg Company has recalled the cereal, which was distributed throughout the United States as well as Guam and Saipan, and internationally in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean and Tahiti. Consumers are urged not to eat any of the recalled Honey Smacks cereal. Affected products include Honey Smacks 15.3 oz boxes with the BEST if Used By Date listed as JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019, and ... Read More

NTSB: Deadly 2016 Tuscaloosa Airplane Crash Caused by ‘Fuel Starvation’

An airplane crash that killed six people near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 2016 was caused by the pilot’s mismanagement of the aircraft’s fuel supply system, federal investigators said. Three couples were returning home to Oxford, Mississippi, from a dental seminar in Florida when the twin-engine Piper crashed just a few hundred feet from the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport runway Aug. 14, 2016. All six people aboard the plane were killed at the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the airplane crash and said in its final report that the airplane was serviced to capacity with fuel before its flight, enough ... Read More

Contractor fined for subjecting employees to fall hazards

Omar Garcia, a framing contractor based out of Auburn, Alabama, has been cited by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for subjecting its employees to eye safety and fall hazards. Omar Garcia faces projected penalties of just over $113,000. The company was working on a project in Pike Road, Alabama when it was observed that some of the employees were performing framework in a residential area with a complete lack of fall protection. Following this observation, OSHA opened an investigation into the company to determine whether this was the only regulation it was neglecting. ... Read More

Fiberglass manufacturer cited for workplace safety hazards

RPS Composites Alabama, Inc., a fiberglass pipe manufacturer based out of Mobile, Alabama, received multiple citations from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for violations of workplace safety regulations that led directly to an amputation of an employee’s finger. The company now faces projected penalties of $74,833. Following the reported incident in which an employee suffered a finger amputation, OSHA opened an investigation to determine why this happened and whether it could have been prevented. During the investigation, OSHA inspectors found that the employee’s hand that had a safety glove on it got caught in ... Read More

OSHA: employee death at plastics manufacturer was ‘preventable tragedy’

ABC Polymer Industries LLC, a plastics manufacturer based out of Helena, Alabama, was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) when one of its employees died on the job. The worker was pulled in the company’s plastics recycling machine in August 2017. The agency says this unfortunate disaster was the result of the lack of compliance to the workplace safety regulations put in place by OSHA to prevent incidents such as this. The company is now facing $195,144 in projected fines and penalties. Following this tragedy, OSHA began an investigation to determine whether the incident was preventable and ... Read More