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The Walking Dead Production Cited for Stuntman’s Death

The producers of AMC’s hit television series The Walking Dead have been hit with a federal penalty after an investigation triggered by a stuntman’s death on the show’s Georgia set last summer. Thirty-three-year-old stuntman John Bernecker was shooting at The Walking Dead’s filming location in Senoia, Georgia, on July 12, 2017, when he fell head-first off a balcony and landed on a concrete floor more than 20 feet below. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Deputy Sheriff J.P. Traylor, the first responder to arrive at The Walking Dead set where the fatal accident occurred, said Mr. Bernecker was supposed to fall ... Read More

OSHA Cites Tampa Electric After Deadly Release of Molten Slag

Federal authorities have cited Tampa Electric Co. and Gaffin Industrial Services Inc. after a workplace accident involving a release of molten slag fatally injured five workers and left another with severe burn injuries. The deadly workplace accident occurred on Thursday, June 29, at Tampa Electric’s Big Bend River Station in Apollo Beach when the workers were performing routine maintenance on a slag tank, which holds molten coal waste after it’s burned. Slag is a lava-like substance that forms when burning coal is mixed with water. “We had employees that were working to unplug a blockage in that tank,” Tampa Electric President ... Read More

Amtrak Train Derails in Savannah Station

An Amtrak train hauling more than 300 passengers and crew from Miami to New York City derailed at the Savannah, Georgia, station Wednesday night. Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams told the Associated Press that the derailment occurred as the Silver Meteor train #98 was backing into the Savannah station. The last three cars of the train – a baggage car and two sleeper cars – left the tracks but remained fully upright. No injuries were reported. The derailment occurred as a historic snowstorm was pummeling the Savannah area and other parts of the Eastern Seaboard. Passenger Joel Potischman, who was traveling ... Read More

Delta Flight Nearly Landed on Taxiway in Atlanta

A Delta Air Lines plane approaching Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport almost landed on a taxiway that was occupied by another airplane, prompting a federal aviation safety investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that Delta Flight 2196 from Indianapolis had been cleared to land on runway 09R about 11:06 on the morning of Nov. 29. Initially, the Delta plane was lined up properly with the runway, but about one mile from the runway the plane started to drift to the left, lining up with taxiway N where another Delta plane was taxiing. Delta Flight 2196, a Boeing B737, descended ... Read More

NZ residents push for ban of hernia mesh

New Zealand’s medical authority Medsafe has banned the use of surgical mesh for gynecological procedures like pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, effective Jan. 4, 2018. Now some residents are calling for an even wider ban of the products, arguing that similar complications can occur when the mesh is used for hernia repair and it should be banned outright. Karyn Freer was implanted with a hernia mesh but was in so much pain that she underwent surgery to remove the mesh. She died in June 2014, while still recovering from hernia mesh removal surgery. Mesh for hernia repair as ... Read More

Opioid awareness campaign shows faces of addiction

A third of the people who are taking prescription painkillers like OxyContin don’t even realize that they are taking highly addictive opioids, a contributing factor to the nation’s devastating opioid epidemic. But a new public awareness campaign launched by the nonprofit health organization National Safety Council, Energy BBDO, and a production and entertainment company called “m ss ng p eces” aims to give the public a better understanding of the dangers of opioid addiction. The campaign, titled “Stop Everyday Killers,” features a memorial wall covered in 22,000 pills – representing the number of people who died last year from opioid overdose. ... Read More

Hernia repair mesh leaves woman in chronic pain, financial distress

New Zealander Shereen Moloney was a decade from retirement and working down her mortgage in 2008 when she underwent surgery to have a hernia repaired. The surgery involved the implantation of a type of surgical mesh to repair her bulging intestines. But not long after surgery, she began experiencing a “burning” pain and loss of feeling in her abdomen. The pain got worse – crippling even. By 2009, she had no choice but to quit her well-paying job and undergo treatment and surgeries to manage her pain. Her family’s plan to pay off their mortgage was sabotaged because she had ... Read More

Pain linked to hernia repair mesh leaves man contemplating suicide

Six years ago, New Zealander Joachim “Jo” Spod underwent a procedure to repair a hernia. He never dreamed it would leave him in excruciating pain, unable to work and contemplating suicide. During his hernia repair, Jo, now 50, was implanted with a type of surgical mesh intended to reinforce his weak abdominal wall. He experienced pain after the surgery, but it never seemed to let up. About a year and a half later, Jo, a senior engineer, collapsed at work and was given morphine to manage his pain. “I never went back to work after that,” he said. Jo became ... Read More

More lawsuits claim injuries with Ethicon’s Physiomesh

In June 2017, 18 lawsuits alleging serious injuries from Ethicon’s Physiomesh used for hernia repair were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation in the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta. Since then through mid-August, the number has grown to 92, and the MDL is expected to continue to grow as more people learn about the serious risks of Physiomesh. Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Ethicon Inc. obtained Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh in April 2010. Since then, the agency has received hundreds of adverse event reports. Reported complications include hernia recurrence, mesh migration, fistulas, mesh ... Read More

Multiple BWAY Plants Face OSHA Fines for Worker Injuries

The BWAY plants located in Chicago, Illinois; Homerville, Geeorgia; and North Brunswick, New Jersey, have been fined more than $500,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) over multiple worker injuries. In the last five years, BWAY, the maker of plastic and metal containers such as paint cans, has been held responsible for 15 worker amputations. OSHA found one worker whose bones in his hand were crushed by a machine, and three others who suffered amputations due to unguarded assemblies of chain-and-sprocket design, Safety News Alert reports. BWAY, an Atlanta-based company, was slapped with 10 OSHA citations for repeat violations including failure ... Read More