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Deadly accident at California construction site Leads To Steep Penalties

A deadly accident at a residential construction site in Los Angeles resulted in fines of more than $350,000 for two California contractors. The California Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health, known as Cal/OSHA, said it assessed fines of $352,570 for multiple workplace safety and health violations against D&D Construction Specialties, Inc. and Tyler Development, Inc. following an incident in which a worker who was lowered into a 50-foot drainage shaft fell to his death. General contractor Tyler Development was constructing a single-family residence in the Bel Air area of Los Angeles and hired subcontractor D&D Construction to install ... Read More

Television tip-over accident claims boy’s life

An 8-year-old boy in Florida died in a television tip-over accident in his room, when a heavy TV toppled and fell on him, causing serious injuries. Christian Dozier is described by neighbors as a “sweet little boy,” and his mother said he loved spending time with siblings and enjoyed playing sports. Early Friday morning, according to his parents, Christian had been kicking the TV stand in his room when a large box-style TV tipped over on top of him. Police arrived and found him unresponsive. Christian was rushed to the nearest hospital and later died of his injuries. “It’s horrible, ... Read More

Alabama Man Sues Rex Medical alleging IVC Filter Thrombosis

On October 12, 2011, Raymond W. had an Option retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter inserted at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, prior to bariatric surgery, a procedure to assist in weight loss. The filter placement was a preventive measure in the event that a blood clot should occur. IVC filters are devices inserted into the inferior vena cava intended to prevent blood clots from reaching the heart or lungs by catching them in it’s cage-like tines. Temporary filters, such as the Option, are structurally weaker than permanent filters, and are designed to be removed when the risk of blood clots ... Read More

Forklift accident at San Francisco building supply company claims worker’s life

A San Francisco building supply company has been ordered to pay a $62,000 fine for several safety violations that led to the death of a worker in a forklift accident last November. In an area called the Dogpatch neighborhood, the accident occurred on Nov. 21 at Good View Roofing & Building Supply Co that killed Ruan Qiang, a resident of South San Francisco. Qiang was moving a load of building supplies from the company’s warehouse to a customer’s car using a forklift, a 5-ton vehicle the company often uses for heavy lifting. According to Cal-OSHA, a bag of mortar mix fell from the load and landed ... Read More

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against DuPont alleging Carcinogen Exposure

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against E.I. DuPont De Nemours, a science and engineering company that makes construction materials, polymers, paints, plastics, printing materials, and more, alleging long-term exposure to “a potent bladder carcinogen known as aminobiphenyl” made a former employee sick. The estate of William Clawson filed the lawsuit in Jefferson County District Court in Texas on April 5, saying Clawson was a long-term employee of DuPont who was exposed to a chemical that led to his death. The suit alleges Clawson’s job description required him to work around aminobiphenyl, a “known human bladder carcinogen,” according to a hazard document produced by ... Read More

Goodwill Fined for Willful Safety Violations that Led to Worker’s Gruesome Death

Goodwill had been warned multiple times both verbally and by letter for hazardous working conditions at an outlet store it operated in California, particularly regarding the use of dangerous equipment. The warnings were ignored, and last September, a 26-year-old employee at the store was killed in a gruesome accident. Cal-OSHA, the workplace safety agency for the state, has now fined Goodwill Industries of Sacramento Valley & Northern Nevada more than $100,000 for six significant safety violations. The Sacramento Bee reports that Dave Goudie, a commercial driver and employee of Goodwill on the waste management team at the time of the accident, had ... Read More

Widow Sues Tracheostomy Tube Manufacturer alleging Husband’s Wrongful Death

A wrongful death lawsuit alleges Henry J. Berthelot was trying to perform routine cleaning of his tracheostomy tube when the device failed, suffocating him before emergency medical technicians could reach him. Berthelot was well-versed in the requirements for maintaining his Duravent XL Model 11201-07 tracheostomy tubes, aware that routine cleaning was vital to prevent infection. However, the lawsuit alleges that upon removal of the inner cannula, the outer cannula separated from the neck flange, and Berthelot died before emergency personnel could arrive to help. Henry’s wife, LaVon P. Berthelot, along with their children, Dean M. Berthelot, Jon D. Berthelot and Sean H. ... Read More

Alabama man files lawsuit alleging injuries linked to retrievable IVC filter

When Billy J. S., an Alabama resident, was found to be at serious risk for a blood clot in January 2007, he was implanted with a Recovery inferior vena cava (IVC) filter at a local hospital in the state. The filter is a small, cage-like device inserted into the inferior vena cava to capture blood clots and prevent them from reaching the lungs. Billy didn’t know that the Recovery filter had been pulled from the market two years earlier due to reported injuries and deaths linked to the device. No recall or safety warnings were issued. Doctors and patients remained unaware ... Read More

Resolution Repealing OSHA’s worker Injury Recordkeeping Requirements Passes House

A resolution that seeks to repeal an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule clarifying the responsibilities of large employers in the most dangerous industries to keep complete and accurate worker injury records has cleared the House and is now under review by the Senate. The OSHA clarifying rule under attack, writes Debbie Berkowitz, former chief of staff and senior OSHA adviser, “does not impose any new costs or obligations on employers, nor does it affect small businesses. The rule only covers larger employers in the most dangerous industries. This rule does not kill jobs, it prevents jobs from killing ... Read More

Oil Well worker Crushed To Death in Well Malfunction Near Houston

A contract oil well worker was crushed to death Tuesday, March 14, by malfunctioning oil rig equipment at a Denbury Resources well in Alvin, Texas. The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as 43-year-old Antonio Perez of El Campo, Texas. Mr. Perez was a long-time employee of Pryor Packers, a company based in Laurel, Mississippi. Lieutenant Varon Snelgrove told ABC 13 Eyewitness News Houston that Mr. Perez was an experienced well worker who had worked on the type of wells such as the one that killed him many times in the past. The Associated Press described Mr. Perez as ... Read More