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Regional OSHA Campaign Targets Amputation Hazards In Factories

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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

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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

Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked To Strawberry Smoothies Spreads to Eight States

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An outbreak of Hepatitis A linked to frozen strawberries from Egypt used by a smoothie chain has grown to include at least 119 people in eight states, federal health officials reported Friday. The report does not include an additional four cases reported in Virginia around the same time, which brings the national total to 123 infections. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the illnesses have led to 47 hospitalizations, with the vast majority of cases being reported in Virginia. In August, Virginia Department of Health officials linked the growing outbreak to Tropical Smoothie Café restaurants ... Read More

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