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Family sues MGM after daughter was electrocuted by illuminated handrail

The family of a 6-year-old girl who suffered brain damage after being electrocuted by an illuminated handrail bordering a fountain at MGM National Harbor Hotel in Oxon Hill, Maryland, has filed a lawsuit against the resort. On the evening of June 26, Zynae Green touched the lighted handrail, which sent 120 volts of electricity through her body – 10 times what the railing needed to stay lit, according to the complaint. When her mother, Rydicka Rosier, and a security guard tried to pull her away from the railing, they also were electrocuted. The jolt caused Green to go into immediate ... Read More

Worker trench collapse death nets contractor $275,000 fine

A Maryland company’s negligence is to blame for a 20-year-old contractor’s on-the-job death while working to clear a clogged water line from a Baltimore city pool, according to the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MOSH), which slapped the company, R.F. Warder Inc., with $275,000 in penalties. The fatality occurred June 5 during an “urgent” repair to a draining line running from the city pool in Northeast Baltimore in advance of the pool’s opening later that month. Warder was assigned the contract by the city to maintain sewer lines and heating and chilled water systems – contracts that were later ... Read More

Partial Building Collapse at Amazon Facility Kills Two Workers

Two workers were killed when an Amazon sorting facility in Baltimore partially collapsed during severe weather Friday, Nov. 2. Amazon workers told Baltimore’s WBAL Channel 11 that it was business as usual until they heard loud noises, which one worker described as “bombs dropping everywhere.” The power went off and suddenly parts of the facility started to collapse. Baltimore City Fire Department Chief Roman Clark told the Baltimore Sun that a 50-foot wall at the Amazon facility collapsed when a severe storm blew though the area. According to WMAR Channel 2 Baltimore, emergency responders pulled one worker from the debris ... Read More

Funeral directors stocking up on opioid antidote

The National Funeral Directors Association is recommending its funeral directors recognize the symptoms of drug overdose and stock the opioid antidote naloxone in order to protect embalmers from exposure to highly potent pain killers like fentanyl and carfentanyl. The medications can be deadly in even the smallest quantities when inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Protecting funeral home employees is yet another aspect of the opioid epidemic. Funeral directors are calling themselves “last responders” in the opioid crisis, and have been seeing overdose victims in record numbers in recent years. Opioids have become more potent, killing users and putting those ... Read More

High Lead Levels Prompt Detroit to Shut All Public School Taps

Dangerously high levels of lead in the Detroit public school system have prompted the city’s Public Schools Superintendent to order the taps in all of the city’s 106 public schools to be closed. Students who started school on Tuesday, Sept. 4, were provided water from coolers and bottled water. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti took over Michigan’s largest school district last year after it had been under state management for years.  He ordered the testing of every water outlet in every public school building in the spring – a decision motivated largely by the water crisis in the neighboring city of Flint ... Read More

Jacksonville Landing Shooting Survivors To File Negligent Security Complaint

A lawsuit for the survivors of The Jacksonville Landing mass shooting in Jacksonville, Florida, will be filed this week, various sources say. The Aug. 26 mass shooting left three people dead, including the killer, identified as 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore. Eleven people were injured in the shooting, including nine with gunshot wounds. The killer used a single firearm to shoot at people who attended the Madden NFL 19 video game competition at The Jacksonville Landing shopping, dining and entertainment complex on the St John’s River in Jacksonville. The video game tournament was being held inside the GLHF Game Bar ... Read More

NTSB Calls For Seat Belts in All New School Buses

Spurred by its findings in two recent deadly school bus crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling for lap and shoulder seat belts in all new school buses. It’s the first time the agency has called for a requirement that would eventually lead to seat belts being present in all school buses. Requiring seat belts in school buses has long been a widely debated but unresolved safety issue. Studies have shown lap and shoulder seat belts would save lives in some crashes but could prove fatal in others. This trade-off has led to years of debate resulting in ... Read More

Jason’s Deli Data Breach Affects 2 Million Credit and Debit Cards

Jason’s Deli is advising its customers to check for suspicious activity in their banking and credit card accounts after it discovered a data breach affecting about two million accounts. The Beaumont, Texas-based company, which operates 275 restaurants in 28 states, says that hackers installed “RAM-scraping” malware at several point-of-sale (POS) terminals in various corporate-owned Jason’s Deli restaurants starting on June 8. Jason’s Deli headquarters said that the data breach came to its attention on Dec. 22 after it was notified by payment processors that credit card security personnel had discovered a large quantity of credit and debit card information appearing ... Read More

Pumpkin Spice Air Freshener Sickens Several in Baltimore School

Five people who fell ill after inhaling a pumpkin spice scented aerosol at a Baltimore, Maryland, high school were hospitalized Thursday, Oct. 5 Students and faculty at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School told the Baltimore Sun that they noticed an unusual smell emanating from the third floor. The strange odor “appeared to be getting stronger” as the minutes passed, said school president Bill Heiser. Before long, several students and teachers started to experience respiratory distress, including difficulty breathing, headaches and gastrointestinal problems. Mr. Heisman ordered an evacuation of the school and called the Baltimore Fire Department. First responders promptly ordered ... Read More

Chemical Release Puts Baltimore Communities Under Temporary Lockdown

A chemical spill that sent a plume of acid gas into the air prompted officials to put three Baltimore area communities under an emergency shelter-in-place order Monday morning. The leak occurred at the Solvay plant when a tank truck delivering chlorosulfonic acid, a raw material used for producing soaps and detergents, leaked from a valve as it was being transferred by hose to a trailer. The chemical, which produces a white cloud when exposed to air, is extremely corrosive to the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says. Symptoms associated with inhaling ... Read More