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Snowblower injuries peak in post-blizzard Northeast

The number of snowblower injuries has soared in some hospitals after a Christmas blizzard left some parts of the Northeast buried under 2 feet of snow, a Hackensack, New Jersey, paper reported. According to The Record, a dozen North New Jersey residents were treated in hospital emergency rooms this week with hand injuries ranging from minor lacerations to finger amputation. Snow removal can be tedious work, even with the assistance of a snowblower. Removing large volumes of wet, heavy snow can cause the exit chute to become clogged on some snowblower models. The machines contain powerful blades that suck the ... Read More

Georgia paper company fined after plant worker loses fingers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited McDuffie Box Co. Inc. of Thomson, Georgia, for a number of safety violations following a factory incident that severed the fingers of an employee. Proposed penalties total $47,550. OSHA’s investigation found that the machine involved in the amputation incident lacked the proper machine guarding required by OSHA to prevent such an accident from occurring. Investigators also found a number of other violations concerning the lack of emergency stops on the factory machines, a lack of forklift training for workers, and inoperable horns on the forklift. The fines include one for a willful ... Read More

Consumers warned about plastic ‘Drano’ bottle bombs

It reads more like an urban legend, one of those hard-to-believe stories that drop into your e-mail inbox, but it’s no laughing matter. Plastic “Drano” bottle bombs are a real threat, according to Snoops.com, and some people find pleasure in exploding them for fun or leaving them in mailboxes or yards where, if disturbed, they can explode in about 30 seconds, severing fingers and causing second- and third-degree burns on the skin. The bombs are easy to make. Just pour a little store-bought Drano (a product used to unclog drains), water, and a small piece of foil into a plastic ... Read More

Plant safety worsens after passage of workers bill of rights

The “Packinghouse Workers Bill of Rights,” passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2007 as part of an effort to improve safety conditions for workers in the meatpacking industry, has failed to make any improvement, according to a report by Workday Minnesota. A recent survey conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Human Rights Program found that working conditions at meatpacking plants throughout the state actually have grown worse since the bill was passed. Meatpacking is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. Workers typically perform repetitive tasks, which often create repetitive-motion injuries such as carpal tunnel and tendonitis. ... Read More

Black box warning for anti-nausea drug; risk of gangrene

An injectable form of a popular anti-nausea medication has received a black box warning by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because of a risk of severe tissue injury, including gangrene, requiring amputation. The drug, Promethazine Hydrochloride Injection, formerly known by the brand name Phenergan, is available by pill, suppository and injection. The recall covers only the injectable form. Promethazine was previously sold under the brand name Phenergan, but that formulation was discontinued by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. A number of companies currently market generic formulations of promethazine hydrochloride injection. Promethazine hydrochloride as an injectable is indicated for various conditions including ... Read More

Record settlement awarded to man who lost both legs on the job

A 50-year-old Pennsylvania man, described by the Philadelphia Daily News as a “Softhearted ex-Marine” and father of two, recently settled a negligence lawsuit mid-trial against his employer and Caterpillar, Inc., the manufacturer of industrial construction equipment, for $16.25 million. Scott Skirpan of Easton, Penn., lost both of his legs at the Northampton County landfill in a grisly accident in May 2006. Skirpan’s injuries were so horrific that he died twice before being resuscitated. Skirpan was working his fifth day at a landfill owned by Chrin Brothers, Inc. when a bulldozer operated by another employee backed around a heap of garbage ... Read More