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Tractor-trailer Fire Sets Off Crashes Involving Commercial Trucks, Fire Engine

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Arkansas authorities are investigating a series of related crashes involving three tractor-trailers and a firetruck on Interstate 40 near the western Arkansas town of Dyer Friday night. The crashes occurred within 15 minutes of each other and started when a tractor-trailer hauling lumber caught on fire, Arkansas State Police spokeswoman Liz Chapman told Arkansas Online. KFSM Channel 5 Ft. Smith reported that the fire started in the tractor trailer’s brakes. Around 5 in the morning, another westbound tractor-trailer swerved to avoid crashing into the fiery truck but collided with the median. Moments later a Mulberry Volunteer Fire Department truck responding ... Read More

Police Say Driver Lost Control of Tractor-Trailer Before Fatal Crash on Louisiana Highway


Louisiana authorities are investigating the crash of a tractor-trailer that killed the driver and another man early in the morning of Sunday, April 2. Louisiana State Troopers responded to the single-vehicle crash around 3:30 a.m. on the southbound lanes of I-49 near Washington, Louisiana, about 30 miles north of Lafayette. Troopers say the crash killed the driver John Boyd, 83, and passenger Charles Hogan, 36, both of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Neither of the men were wearing seat belts. According to WAFB Channel 9 Baton Rouge, State Police said the initial investigation led troopers to find that for reasons not yet ... Read More

So-called Ag-Gag Bill attempts To Make Agriculture Industry Whistleblowing a Crime

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A new anti-whistleblower “Ag-Gag” bill was introduced in the Arkansas legislature last month, marking the fourth attempt by some of the state’s elected officials to try and make reporting wrongdoing in the agricultural industry a punishable offense. According to the Food Integrity Campaign, the proposed bill HB 1665 is also the most nefarious of the Ag-Gag bills introduced to the Arkansas legislature in recent years because it seeks to gag would-be whistleblowers not just in agriculture, but in other industries as well. The Food Integrity Campaign writes: What could make a bill designed to make it illegal to document crimes ... Read More

New Railroad Crossing Safety Ad Targets Male Drivers

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The Department of Transportation is taking aim at young male drivers with a graphic new video showing what happens when a passenger vehicle fails to yield for a train. The ad, produced as a collaborative effort between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), shows a freight train plowing into the side of a SUV stopped on the tracks. The train brakes, but not soon enough to prevent the SUV from being demolished. But that it is the point the ad conveys: “Stop! Trains Can’t.” U.S. regulators made the ad because many drivers don’t ... Read More

Regional OSHA Campaign Targets Amputation Hazards In Factories


In 2015, U.S. labor officials received reports of more than 2,600 amputations sustained by workers across the country. The alarming number of U.S. workers receiving painful and debilitating injuries every year prompted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to launch a targeted enforcement campaign in four states where accidental workplace amputations run high: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. OSHA’s targeted enforcement efforts take aim at the manufacturing industry, where 57 percent of the nation’s on-the-job amputations occurred last year. The agency’s goal is to inspect manufacturing facilities, enforce safety regulations, and hold employers responsible for protecting workers and reducing ... Read More

Imported frozen Strawberries Recalled Amid Hepatitis A Outbreak

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An Egyptian food exporter is recalling certain lots of frozen strawberries in response to an outbreak of Hepatitis A virus. U.S. health officials traced the outbreak to frozen Egyptian strawberries used in smoothies served at some Tropical Smoothie Café establishments. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that the International Company for Agricultural Production & Processing (ICAPP), based in Ramadan, Egypt, is recalling the frozen strawberries it sent to the U.S. since Jan. 1, 2016, out of an abundance of caution. The recall came a few days after the FDA said ICAPP’s frozen strawberries would not be admitted into ... Read More

Accidental Amputation Leads To Steep Fines For Arkansas Wire Manufacturer


Federal safety regulators hit a western Arkansas wire manufacturer with harsh penalties after one of its employees suffered a machine-related amputation, and a subsequent inspection found that the company had been cited for the same problems twice in the past. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it fined Bekaert Corp. of Van Buren $124,710 for a repeat violation for exposing workers to machines with “unguarded pinch points” that expose workers’ fingers and hands to the risk of amputation. OSHA said that the injured Bekaert worker had been untangling wire that became jammed in the machine when the ... Read More

Arkansas Landowners Ask Appeals Court To Revive Oil Spill Class Action Against Exxon

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Arkansas landowners living along a 70-year-old pipeline that ruptured in March 2013 and flooded the town of Mayflower with crude oil appeared before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minn., to ask the three-judge panel to revive their complaint against Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. Lawyers for the landowners argue that the case should be reinstated because they can prove that the pipeline is damaging their property and diminishing their ability to enjoy it. The landowners claim that easements say the company is responsible for repairing, replacing, or removing the pipeline, which stretches 850 miles from Illinois to ... Read More

Tripod stool recall announced due to fall hazard; sold exclusively by Walmart

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Walmart, the American multinational retail corporation headquartered in Arkansas, has announced a tripod stool recall encompassing more than 46,000 units. The plastic collar responsible for connecting the stool’s three legs may break during use, posing a fall hazard to consumers. The tripod stool recall includes the Mahco Inc. tripod stools with three steel legs, as well as a REALTREE logo pattern camouflage polyester seat. Each of the steel legs feature plastic caps on both ends and a round plastic hub that connects them. Measuring at about 17 inches high by 13 inches wide, the recalled stools also have a black ... Read More