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Hyundai Supplier, Staffing Agencies Fined $2.5M After Alabama Woman’s Crushing Death

A Korean auto supplier in Cusseta, Ala., and two Opelika staffing agencies face fines of more than $2.5 million for safety violations that contributed to the death of a 20-year-old east Alabama woman two weeks before her wedding. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hit Ajin USA, Alliance Total Solutions, and Joynus Staffing Corp. with a total of 27 citations for safety violations found during an inspection of the Ajin plant in Cusseta.  Ajin is a global auto parts supplier with plants in South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the U.S. It manufactures parts for Hyundai and Kia and employs ... Read More

Lawyers allege C.R. Bard’s IVC filters are ‘ticking time bombs’

Claims by patients across 16 different states have been consolidated into a class action lawsuit against C.R. Bard for the injuries and deaths allegedly caused by inferior vena cava (IVC) filters made by the medical device manufacturing giant. The lawsuit covers many Bard IVC filter products, including the Recovery Filter System, G2, G2 Express, Eclipse, G2X System, Meridian, and Denali. The patient injuries reportedly linked to the device include hemorrhaging, severe and persistent pain, and perforations of the tissue, vessels and organs. The filters are each based off the model made before – the Meridian’s design came from the Eclipse, which ... Read More

Circus Operator Reaches Settlement With U.S. Over Deadly Tent Collapse

A Florida-based circus operator has reached a settlement with federal safety regulators over the deadly 2015 collapse of an improperly installed tent during a thunderstorm in Lancaster, N.H. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Walker International Events in February 2016 with 14 serious violations of federal workplace safety rules after investigating the accident, which resulted in the deaths of Robert Young, 41, and his daughter Annabelle, 6, of Concord, Vt. More than 50 other people were injured, including two circus workers. OSHA investigators found that Walker chose to proceed with its scheduled outdoor circus performance despite repeated warnings ... Read More

Trench Excavation Deaths More Than Doubled In 2016

In June, 33-year-old James Rogers  was crushed to death as he was digging in a 12-foot trench in Washington Township, Ohio, after the trench walls caved in and buried him under tons of dirt. His death was a part of an “alarming and unacceptable” trend in trench deaths, which have more than doubled since last year, federal regulators say. It took hours for rescue workers to recover Mr. Rogers’ body. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) probed the circumstances surrounding Mr. Rogers’ death and that investigation revealed some disturbing evidence that his employer, KRW Plumbing LLC, showed little regard ... Read More

Man with ‘Unretrievable’ IVC Filter Finally Has It Removed

After John Boehmer of Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, had a surgical procedure, he was implanted with an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter to catch blood clots travelling through his body. Eight months later, when doctors tried to remove the filter, they discovered it was lodged in the wall of Boehmer’s vein. Doctors rendered it unretrievable. “The source of all this, as far as I’m concerned, is the manufacturer,” Boehmer told CTV News in an interview. “The device was supposed to be retrievable. It wasn’t. What’s your backup plan?” Boehmer was left in a constant state of anxiety, wondering what would happen to the temporary ... Read More

Feds Cite Indiana Landscaping Company After Worker’s Fatal Heat Stroke

Federal investigators have cited an Indiana landscaping company in the death of a 23-year-old ground crewman who died from heat-related injuries July 22 after working more than nine hours in direct sunlight when the heat index topped 110 degrees. Townsend Tree Service Company of Muncie, Ind., faces penalties of $12,471 for its failure to implement a heat-prevention and acclimatization program for workers exposed to excessive heat, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said. The agency investigated the death of the worker, who fell unconscious at a job site in Poplar Bluff, Mo., and cited the company on Sept. 20. ... Read More

Children’s Home Cited For Failure To Protect Employees From Workplace Violence

Federal safety regulators have cited a facility for troubled youth in Reading, Penn., for failing to adequately protect its employees against workplace violence after at least 10 workers were violently attacked or assaulted in the past seven months. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that one employee of The Children’s Home of Reading was seriously injured after being kicked in the face, head, and neck by a resident of the facility, which has been in operation since 1886. Sadly, workplace violence remains one of the leading causes of on-the-job injuries in the United States. Each year, some ... Read More

Gas Plant Explosion Kills Worker, Rocks NW Florida Town

A major explosion destroyed part of a nitrous oxide manufacturing facility Sunday afternoon, killing one person and sending a shockwave through the community of Cantonment, Fla., about 50 miles southeast of Mobile, Ala. The blast reportedly ripped through a plant owned by Airgas, a Pennsylvania-based distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and other products. According to NorthEascambia.com, the Ascend Performance Materials facility supplies a mixture of gases to Airgas, which uses them to produce nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas.” State investigators say the blast came from nitrous oxide tanks in the loading bay, WEAR TV Pensacola reported. ... Read More

Not All Retrievable IVC Filters are Able to be Retrieved

An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a cage-like device that is inserted into the largest vein in the body, with intention to catch blood clots before they travel to the heart and/or lungs. Retrievable IVC filters are designed to be inserted only temporarily, and then removed between 29 and 54 days after insertion. According to RadiologyInfo.org, a website operated by the Radiological Society of North America, Inc. (RSNA), however, even filters designed and intended to be retrievable are not always able to be retrieved. Many retrievable IVC filters models such as C.R. Bard’s Recovery, G2 and G2 Express, as well as Cook Medical’s Gunther ... Read More

Patient Dies after three Retrievable IVC Filters Failed

According to Medsun Reports from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a patient with a history of chronic deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolus received a Bard G2X inferior vena cava (IVC) filter and two Celect filters, all three of which failed. The patient went into cardiac arrest and passed away. After the patient was inserted with a Bard G2X filter, he was admitted to the hospital a year later with chest pains. A heart catheter showed that the coronary artery looked normal, but resulted in “incidental finding” of a fractured leg of the filter in the patient’s right ... Read More