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Arkansas House Destroyed By Natural Gas Explosion

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An explosion that destroyed a North Little Rock home Friday night, injuring 14 people, was caused by an accumulation of natural gas from an open valve leak somewhere in the residence. The gas was ignited when one of the occupants lit a cigarette, according to investigators. The primary resident of the house, identified as Evelyn Brooks, told North Little Rock police that a natural gas odor persisted in the house up to a week before the explosion, including the moments right before it happened around 10:20 p.m. Aug. 19, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The blast was strong enough to ... Read More

Tyson Chicken Plant Fined For Exposing Workers To Amputation And Burn Hazards

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When federal inspectors arrived at an East Texas poultry processing plant to investigate an accidental amputation, they uncovered a multitude of safety hazards that exposed employees to disfiguring injuries and death. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that inspectors it dispatched to the Tyson Foods Inc. chicken processing facility in Center, Texas, found more than a dozen serious safety violations, including failure to install safety guards on moving machine parts. That violation contributed to an employee at the plant having a finger amputated after it became stuck in an unguarded conveyor belt as he worked on a ... Read More

McDonald’s pulls “Step It” Activity Band Happy Meal toys following reports of burn marks

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McDonald’s has initiated a voluntary recall after consumers complained one of its Happy Meal toys is reportedly causing burn marks to appear on children. According to WSFA-TV, the aforementioned Happy Meal toys are fitness trackers called the “Step It! Activity Bands.” Available in six different colors, the toys were sold along with Happy Meals in both the United States and Canada. However, it wasn’t long after the fitness tracker toys were released that consumers began discovering unusual burn marks on their children. “Eight minutes after he’s playing with the watch and we go to get in the shower and I’m taking it off of ... Read More

Door latch issue addressed in latest Ford recall; 830K vehicles recalled in North America

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Nearly 830,000 Ford vehicles in North America are now subject to recall due to a side-door latch issue that may cause the door to swing open while the vehicle is still in operation. According to ABC News, the latest Ford recall encompasses the following vehicles: 2013-15 Ford Escape 2013-15 Ford C-Max 2012-15 Ford Focus 2014-16 Ford Transit Connect 2014-16 Ford Mustang 2015 Lincoln MKC The automaker reports that the vehicles’ issues stem from a faulty spring part, which may break in states with high temperatures and sunlight exposure. Once the spring breaks, the door will be unable to latch properly. ... Read More

New study examines air quality near oil and gas operations as an ‘underexplored human health concern’

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A study conducted throughout five states in the U.S. points to unconventional oil and gas production releasing air pollutants that far exceed Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommended levels. Throughout the states of Wyoming, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Ohio, 35 air samples were taken at specific oil and gas production sites during increased industrial activity or when workers were feeling negative health symptoms such as headache, nausea or dizziness. According to the report, which was published in the open access journal Environmental Health, researchers “explored air quality at a previously neglected scale: near a range of unconventional oil and gas development and production sites ... Read More

Fracking Puts 7 Million People in the U.S. At Risk Of Man-Made Earthquakes, Survey Finds

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A steep escalation of domestic fuel production in recent years has already taken a giant toll on the environment with unprecedented numbers of pipeline ruptures, oil spills, gas leaks, and fuel train crashes; now a new report finds that seven million U.S. residents are at risk of man-made earthquakes as well due to widespread fracking activity. According to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the highest risk of hydraulic-fracking-induced earthquakes are Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas. Oklahoma, which normally experiences just one or two earthquakes a year, has experienced hundreds since fracking swept the state in ... Read More

FDA cracks down on dietary supplements containing ‘adulterated’ ingredients

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is coming down hard on manufacturers of dietary supplements, hitting five companies with warning letters this week for including “adulterated” dietary ingredients in their products. The companies were targeted for selling a stimulant called acacia rigidula, also known as vachellia rigidula, chaparro prieto or blackbrush. The ingredient wasn’t marketed prior to 1994, making it a “new dietary ingredient” under federal law. The supplement is marketed for weight loss and energy. At least one manufacturer was cited for selling a supplement that contained acacia rigidula that also contained ephedra, a drug the agency banned in ... Read More

Emergency transport ventilators recalled

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Dräger Medical Inc. is recalling emergency transport ventilators because of a system error that may cause the ventilator to stop working, putting patients at risk for serious injury or death. The recall involves Dräger Oxylog 2000 plus, Oxylog 3000, and Oxylog 3000 Plus Ventilator with the catalog numbers 5705080, 2M86300, 2M86965, 5704813, or 5704831. The machines were distributed from April 1, 2007, to Dec. 12, 2015. A total of 117 ventilators are affected in the United States. Those machines were distributed to the following states: Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, ... Read More

Walmart Pharmacist Awarded $31 Million For Whistleblower Retaliation, Gender Discrimination

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A New Hampshire federal jury ordered Walmart Stores Inc. to pay $31 million in damages to a former Walmart pharmacist who alleged she was wrongfully fired in retaliation for voicing concerns over pharmacy safety and gender discrimination. Maureen McPadden had worked as a pharmacist at Walmart’s Seabrook pharmacy for 13 years when she was fired in November 2012 under the pretext, she claimed, of losing a pharmacy key. Ms. McPadden, 51, argued that the true reason she was fired was for sounding the alarm to store management that customers were being endangered because inadequately trained pharmacy technicians were filling prescriptions improperly. ... Read More

50 New Illnesses, 2 Deaths Linked Salmonella-Contaminated Cucumbers

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A massive outbreak of Salmonella illnesses linked to cucumbers from Mexico that started last July continues to infect people across the U.S., with 50 more cases reported in 16 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The CDC update was the latest in a series of updates and recall expansions that ran from Sept. 4, 2015 to Nov. 19. To date, 888 illnesses and six deaths have been connected to the same Salmonella outbreak. Illnesses have been reported in 39 states since the outbreak began. Whole genome sequencing of Salmonella isolates collected from sickened people and from ... Read More