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3 Killed, 7 Injured in Paper Mill explosion

An explosion at Packaging Corporation of America in DeRidder, Louisiana, claimed the lives of three workers and injured seven more. Jody L. Gooch, 40, William Rolls Jr., 32, and Sedrick Stallworth, 42 were contractors working at the plant when one of the tanks holding “foul condensate” exploded during routine yearly repair work. The seven injured were treated at the local hospital and sent home. Piping in the pulp mill area of the Lake Forest-based plant was being worked on as part of the annual repair work when the 25-foot tank blew up. Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills in the U.S. lead ... Read More

New Lawsuit Filed Against C.R. Bard for alleged G2 IVC Filter Injury

The G2 IVC filter is a blood clot filter made by C.R. Bard intended to catch clots before they enter the heart or lungs, resulting in pulmonary embolism. It is a cage-like device inserted into the largest vein of the body, the vena cava. They are mainly used in patients who cannot tolerate blood thinners. Barry Tuttle of Ohio alleges the G2 filter proved to be life-threatening. After receiving it on Nov. 15, 2007, he alleged he received injuries connected to the device that led him to file a lawsuit against the device maker, Bard. The G2, a similar design to the Recovery ... Read More

Feds Shine Spotlight on Worker Suffocation deaths In Grain Facilities

According to federal safety regulators, suffocation from engulfment in grain is the leading cause of death in U.S. grain bins. But despite past efforts to draw awareness to this danger, the number of suffocation deaths in grain facilities continues to rise. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a new campaign to drive down the number of grain bin suffocation deaths. This program, called “Stand-Up for Grain Engulfment Prevention” – aims to unite employers and workers in enhancing worker protections, reducing injuries, and preventing grain-engulfment fatalities. A record 51 grain engulfment incidents were reported to OSHA in ... Read More

Alabama Demolition Worker Suffers Fatal Injuries After Floor Collapse In Old Mill

Federal officials and local police are investigating the death of a construction worker who died after the floor in an old mill where he was working gave way, causing him to plummet four stories to the concrete ground floor. The Lanett Police Department identified the worker as Cirilo Banuelos Reyes, a 50-year-old male from Alexander City, Alabama. Mr. Reyes was performing demolition and reclamation work inside the Dye Works building of the Old Lanett Mill on South Gilmer Ave. Tuesday, Feb. 14. when the flooring collapse occurred. Lanett Emergency Medical Services, the Lanett Police Investigations Division, and the Chambers County ... Read More

Three New IVC Filter Lawsuits Filed Against Rex Medical and Argon Medical

Three new lawsuits have been filed over failed inferior vena cava (IVC) filters manufactured by Rex Medical, and marketed and distributed by Argon Medical Devices. The complaints allege one IVC filter resulted in life-threatening injuries, one resulted in extensive medical treatment, and one resulted in death. IVC filters are devices inserted into the vena cava, the largest vein in the body, and are designed to catch blood clots, preventing them from reaching the heart or lungs. Permanent filters have a sturdier design, while temporary or retrievable IVC filters have a weaker design, leading to a high number of failures. The temporary filters ... Read More

Three Utility Workers Perish In Key Largo Trench

Three utility workers died Monday morning in a Key Largo, Fla., subdivision after being sent into an underground drainage trench to inspect a dip in a newly paved Key Largo road. The workers, identified as Elway Gray, 34, of Fort Lauderdale; Louis O’Keefe, 49, of Little Torch Key; and Robert Wilson, 24, of Summerland Key, were employed by D.N. Higgins, which had been contracted by Monroe County. According to the Keys Reporter, the men entered a 15-foot drainage hole to inspect the dip in the road when they were overcome by a mixture of hydrogen sulfide and methane gas. A ... Read More

Takata Airbag Explosion Injures Honda Fit Driver in Japan

A driver in Japan was injured by a Takata airbag that exploded in a Honda Fit, Honda Motor Co said Tuesday. Few details about the incident were given, but Honda said the explosion occurred late last month in the passenger-side airbag in one of its Fit compact multi-purpose vehicles. As with so many other Takata airbag malfunctions, the airbag in this incident reportedly behaved more like a bomb than a life-saving safety device, blasting metal shrapnel into the vehicle and causing slight burns to the driver’s leg. Fortunately the driver in this case was able to escape serious injury. Had ... Read More

Garry Shandling Received IVC Filter Before His Death

Garry Shandling was a comedian and actor, well known for his comedy “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” as well as his creation of “The Larry Sanders Show.” He made his mark on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson, afterward becoming a guest host on the occasion that Carson was absent. He wrote and starred in “What Planet Are You From?” and his most recent credits are in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Iron Man 2,” “Zoolander” and “Trust the Man.” His fans grieved his passing last spring, the cause of which was unclear until now. Just before his death at age 66, he complained of leg pain ... Read More

Mother of Woman Killed By Robotic Machine Sues Alabama Hyundai Supplier

The mother of an Alabama woman crushed to death by a robotic machine in June has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Cusseta, Ala. automotive supplier where she worked and a staffing agency. Regina Allen Elsea, 20, of Five Points, Ala., was employed at the Ajin USA manufacturing facility, which makes parts for Hyundai and Kia. On June 8, Ms. Elsea and three coworkers were sent to reactivate a robotics machine that had become jammed. The machine abruptly restarted during the cleaning process with Ms. Elsea inside the operation zone. Ms. Elsea was taken to East Alabama Medical Center and ... Read More

NHTSA Releases Guidelines For Electronics Manufacturers Addressing Driver Distraction

Addressing an historic surge in deadly traffic crashes nationwide, federal transportation regulators have proposed guidelines for developers of portable and aftermarket electronics that aim to reduce driver distraction and promote better safety on roads. The proposed voluntary guidelines encourage electronics manufacturers and developers to implement features such as pairing, where a portable device is automatically linked to a vehicle’s infotainment system, and Driver Mode – a simplified user interface. Both pairing and a Driver Mode interface would reduce the potential for unsafe driver distraction by reducing the time a driver’s eyes are off the road while at the same time ... Read More