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Job-site Amputation Performed on Texas Construction Worker

A construction worker had to undergo an emergency leg amputation on a Frisco, Texas, job site after he became caught in the blades of a trench digging machine Feb.1, local authorities said. Kevin Haines of the Frisco Fire Department told CBS Dallas Fort Worth that the worker’s leg was entangled in the machine to the point where they didn’t think he could be extricated with just tools. The accident happened in a field where workers were laying pipe for the construction of a housing development. Emergency workers assessing the problem also determined that the trenching machine, which resembles a giant ... 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

Two Workers Suffer Critical Burn Injuries in Tyson Plant Accident

Four workers at an Iowa Tyson plant that processes pork suffered burn injuries on the job in an accident Monday, Jan. 2. Two of the workers are said to be in critical condition. According to KCCI Channel 8 Des Moines, Dallas County Chief Deputy Adam Infante said that two of the workers were flown to the University of Iowa Burn Treatment Center in Iowa City for the treatment of critical burn injuries to their heads, faces, and upper torsos. The other two workers were treated for lesser burn injuries at a health services department at the Tyson Pork Processing plant in ... Read More

Cheap Auto Repairs Forced By Insurers Endanger Motorists

Auto insurance companies often direct body shops to repair damaged vehicles with cheap fixes instead of following the auto manufacturer’s repair guidelines – a practice that puts unsuspecting motorists at risk of injury and death. A recent case that went to trial in Texas demonstrates how dealerships and auto insurance companies could be left on the hook for millions of dollars in damages for cutting corners and repairing vehicles with cheap, unsafe fixes. According to Automotive News, a Texas dealership and State Farm found themselves faced with paying the bulk of $42 million in damages – the price a Dallas ... Read More

Whistleblowers Help U.S. Recover $7.5 Million From Dallas Hospital

A Dallas-based hospital will pay the U.S. $7.5 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by two whistleblowers who accused the hospital of engaging in an illegal kickback scheme. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, whistleblowers Suzanne Scott and Savannah Sogar claimed that Pine Creek Medical Center, a physician-owned hospital serving the Dallas/Fort Worth area, provided physicians with valuable kickbacks in exchange for surgical referrals. Both women were formerly employed in Pine Creek’s marketing department. Supporting the whistleblowers’ allegations, federal prosecutors alleged that Pine Creek would pay for advertisements and other promotional materials benefitting the physicians with ... Read More

Compounding pharmacy warned about ‘serious deficiencies’

Guardian Pharmacy Services in Dallas, Texas, was slapped with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letter following an inspection of its compounding center that was spurred by more than 40 report of serious adverse events by patients who had received injections of drugs compounded by Guardian Pharmacy Services following cataract surgery. At least 43 were received by the FDA in April and June, each of whom had been given eye injections of a drug containing the steroid triamcinolone and the anti-infective moxifloxacin. The patients who received the injections developed various symptoms over the course of several months, including blurred ... Read More

Floor Collapse at UNT Area Apartment Injures Party-goers

Structural engineers are looking at the design and construction of a student housing apartment complex near the University of North Texas (UNT) after the floor of a third-story apartment collapsed under the weight of a party early Sunday morning. Police in Denton, Texas, home of UNT, said the collapse occurred about 2 a.m. Sunday at The Ridges, an off-campus, student-only apartment complex. Authorities said there were at least 30 people in the third-story apartment for a party following a UNT victory at its homecoming game against University of Texas El Paso (UTEP). Firefighters called to the scene were prepared for ... Read More

Toyota Hopes To Speed Takata Airbag Repairs With New Ad Campaign

In an ongoing push to raise awareness about the Takata airbag inflator recall, Toyota is launching a new ad campaign in Los Angeles and two other markets it considers a priority. The campaign, dubbed “In about an hour,” urges drivers to take an hour out of their day to get their Takata airbag repaired. Takata’s immense airbag recall – the largest automotive recall in U.S. history – affects more than 40 million vehicles made by 19 manufacturers. These vehicles are scattered throughout the country, but Toyota is focusing its marketing in Los Angeles first because the area’s hot, humid climate poses ... Read More

Explosions at Arkema Plant Shine Light on Irresponsible Deregulation

A series of explosions rocked the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, on Thursday as flood waters killed power and backup generators to refrigeration systems that kept the stored chemicals stable. The facilities were abandoned earlier in the week with the French-owned company saying that there was nothing it could do to prevent the plant from exploding. Residents within a 1.5-mile radius of the plant just east of Houston were forced to evacuate, but more than a dozen public safety officers required medical treatment at a nearby hospital after inhaling noxious smoke billowing from the chemical fires. Arkema says more explosions ... Read More

Sig Sauer Sued After Gun Accidentally Shoots Police Officer

A Connecticut police officer has filed a personal injury against gun manufacturer Sig Sauer alleging he was shot when his holstered P320 pistol hit the ground and accidentally discharged. According to Guns.com, Vincent Sheperis, a 34-year-old police officer with the Stamford Police Special Response Team, filed the personal injury lawsuit in a U.S. District Court in New Haven earlier this month, alleging Sig Sauer designed the pistol with a defective safety mechanism – a claim repeatedly made by firearm enthusiasts. Officer Sheperis was loading equipment into a vehicle when his department-issued P320 discharged as it struck the ground, shooting him ... Read More