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Auburn Auto Parts Maker Fined For Exposing Workers To Crushing, Amputation Hazards

An Auburn, Ala., auto parts manufacturer faces $106,000 in penalties for a number of federal safety violations that put its workers at risk of amputation, struck-by injuries, and getting caught in machinery. Violations at the Pyongsan America Inc. facility in Auburn may also land the manufacturer in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Severe Violator Program, which would put it under greater regulatory scrutiny. OSHA devotes more of its time and resources to monitoring companies categorized as severe violators than it does with most other companies. According to OSHA, its January inspection of the Pyongsan facility, which makes heating, ventilation, ... Read More

Whistleblower lawsuit filed by former Auburn University employee

A wrongful termination lawsuit was filed this week by a former Auburn University employee claiming the school violated Alabama’s Whistleblower Act by denying his rights to free speech and due process when he expressed concern over football ticket practices. According to AL.com, W. Matthew Davis’ lawsuit claims he worked for the Auburn athletic department’s fundraising arm, Tigers Unlimited, when he learned that “between 3,500 and 3,800” seats in the Tigers Unlimited donor area were being sold at face value, not through Tigers Unlimited. Fans pay a “donation,” typically ranging from about $140 to $3,000, to reserve priority seating, although it was claimed ... Read More

Kroger recalls seasonings for possible salmonella contamination

Popular supermarket chain Kroger has announced a sizable recall of four Kroger-brand seasonings sold in its stores. The Kroger recall was sparked by the FDA’s discovery of Salmonella in a sample of the Kroger-brand Garlic Powder sold by a South Carolina store. According to the supermarket’s press release, the following Kroger-brand seasonings were produced in the same facility with the same equipment as the Salmonella-tainted Garlic Powder and are now under recall: Kroger Bac’n Buds: 12 oz containers (Sell by: May 20 18PS4) Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper: 17.1 oz containers (Sell by: May 18 18PS4, Sell by: May 19 ... Read More

Feds order trucking company to stop retaliating against sick and tired drivers

Federal safety regulators have ordered an Auburn, Wash., based trucking company to stop retaliating against its truck drivers who refuse to drive because of illness or fatigue. It was the second time the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered Oak Harbor Freight Lines to stop retaliating against drivers who invoked federal safety rules. The order came after a veteran 25-year commercial truck driver complained to OSHA that he had been suspended without pay at the company’s Portland, Ore., terminal because he was too sick to drive. The driver alleged Oak Harbor violated the safe operating rules set forth in the Surface Transportation Act ... Read More

Auburn University data breach exposed current, former and prospective student info

A “data security incident” has been confirmed by Auburn University, exposing the personal information of current, former and even prospective students. The data breach was discovered on March 2 after the University learned its servers were made accessible online by accident. According to a statement by Auburn’s Office of Communications and Marketing (OCM), the information compromised in the Auburn University data breach was a mixture of names, addresses, birth dates, email addresses, academic information and even Social Security numbers. Auburn University’s investigation also discovered the information had been accessible from Sept. 1, 2014 until March 2, 2015. No information linked to ... Read More

OSHA cites auto parts supplier for multiple safety violations including electrocution risk

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) levied approximately $158,020 in fines against Auburn, Ala., auto parts manufacturer SCA Inc., as well as its employee recruitment company Liberty Staffing, citing an extremely high number of dangerous safety violations to which employees have been exposed. OSHA says workers are at risk from on-the-job falls, amputations and electrocution. SCA, which supplies parts including blowers, heaters and evaporators for Hyundai, Kia and Ford, and Liberty Staffing received a total of 21 citations from OSHA. SCA has been issued fines by OSHA several times since 2008, while Liberty Staffing has not been cited previously for exposing workers to the company’s many ... Read More

Auburn University study finds the BP oil spill may plague state for years to come

Oil and tar from BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill is still trapped in the sand along Alabama’s Gulf beaches four and a half years later, a new study by Auburn University researchers has found. The study may not come as a surprise to the residents of coastal Alabama who frequent the beaches, but it does demonstrate that the oil from the BP disaster is not as quick to degrade as some scientists expected. It’s also another sign that Gulf Coast hasn’t returned to normal the way BP’s television ads have suggested. Many beachgoers might be surprised to find much of ... Read More

Flesh-eating bacteria in Gulf linked to BP oil spill

Cases of beach-goers contracting the flesh-eating bacteria Vibrio vulnificus continue to occur in the warm water of the Gulf Coast this year, and one Auburn University professor has uncovered a link between the potentially deadly bacteria and tar balls still present in the water after BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Dr. Cova Arias, professor of aquatic microbiology at Auburn University, who has studied the impact of Vibrio on the Gulf’s oyster industry, set out to find if the bacteria could live in the tar still found in the water and along the beaches of the Gulf Coast. According to ... Read More

U.S. indicts Auburn cardiologist on 10 counts of health care fraud

The U.S. government indicted an Auburn cardiologist May 21, accusing him of implanting patients with heart stents they didn’t need so that he could bill federal and private insurance programs for his own financial gain. According to the indictment, Dr. Robert W. Mitchell allegedly performed unnecessary heart catheterizations from at least January 2006 to February 2012, falsely documenting the extent of coronary blockages in his patients and their need for the stent procedures. The federal government alleges that Dr. Mitchell then submitted false claims to Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance companies for reimbursement, a practice that increased the profit margin ... Read More

Auburn University reports a data breach; about 14,000 students and staff affected

Nearly 14,000 students and staff are now the victims of yet another data breach, this time occurring at Auburn University. The compromised files could have been accessed through the College of Business server between Oct. 21 and Nov. 21, a statement from Auburn University indicated. The FBI and an outside forensics team are currently examining the situation to see who and what were affected. Auburn will begin notifying those believed to be affected by the data breach by mail. Free credit protection monitoring will also be provided through Experian ProtectMyID to those being notified. Bill Hardgrave, the Dean of the ... Read More