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FMCSA: Georgia Trucking Firm Had Deadly Disregard For Safety

Federal transportation authorities shuttered a Georgia-based commercial trucking firm after a deadly crash triggered an investigation that turned up scores of serious safety violations. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) description of Keep on Trucking LLC, a Decatur, Georgia, trucking firm, the company was an accident waiting to happen. On Aug. 11, 2017, a Keep On Trucking truck operated by company co-owner Dwight Anthony Preddie was traveling on I-95 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, when it failed to reduce speed from an estimated 63 mph as it entered a construction work zone. Mr. Preddie’s truck collided into the ... Read More

Pain linked to hernia repair mesh leaves man contemplating suicide

Six years ago, New Zealander Joachim “Jo” Spod underwent a procedure to repair a hernia. He never dreamed it would leave him in excruciating pain, unable to work and contemplating suicide. During his hernia repair, Jo, now 50, was implanted with a type of surgical mesh intended to reinforce his weak abdominal wall. He experienced pain after the surgery, but it never seemed to let up. About a year and a half later, Jo, a senior engineer, collapsed at work and was given morphine to manage his pain. “I never went back to work after that,” he said. Jo became ... Read More

Alabama Jury Awards Army Vet $7.5 Million For Walmart Injury

Walmart representatives say the retail giant intends to appeal a $7.5 million jury award to an Alabama man whose foot became stuck in a wooden pallet at a Phenix City Walmart store, causing him to shatter his foot and hip. Henry Walker, a 59-year-old Army veteran, sued Walmart after the accident, claiming it robbed him of his ability to participate in and enjoy everyday activities. On June 25, 2015, Mr. Walker was getting a watermelon from a bin at Walmart when his foot became trapped in the pallet below. Not realizing his foot was in between the slats of the ... Read More

More lawsuits claim injuries with Ethicon’s Physiomesh

In June 2017, 18 lawsuits alleging serious injuries from Ethicon’s Physiomesh used for hernia repair were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation in the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta. Since then through mid-August, the number has grown to 92, and the MDL is expected to continue to grow as more people learn about the serious risks of Physiomesh. Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Ethicon Inc. obtained Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh in April 2010. Since then, the agency has received hundreds of adverse event reports. Reported complications include hernia recurrence, mesh migration, fistulas, mesh ... Read More

Officials investigate loose steering wheels on Ford Fusions

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation after receiving reports that Ford Fusion steering wheels have come loose or fallen off the midsized sedan. In one case, a Georgia resident said that the steering wheel of their 2015 Fusion fell into their lap in September while turning into a gas station. (Individuals who file complaints with the NHTSA’s public database are not identified.) NHTSA opened the probe after receiving three complaints about the steering wheels on Ford Fusion vehicles. Two other people said that the bolt attaching the wheel to the steering column came loose while ... Read More

Supplement execs to pay $40M in sanctions

A notorious Georgia entrepreneur, his dietary supplement company, and two other executives were ordered by a Georgia federal Judge to pay $40.1 million in compensatory sanctions for allegedly violating an injunction in a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lawsuit. Hi-Tech Pharmceuticals CEO Jared Wheat, Senior Vice President Stephen Smith, and Dr. Terrill Mark Wright, had been barred from making unsubstantiated claims about Hi-Tech’s diet pills but violated the permanent injunction by printing misleading advertisements about four of Hi-Tech products. “The record is clear that the misrepresentations were material, were widely disseminated, and that consumers purchased these four products,” U.S. District Judge ... Read More

Explosion in Georgia Chemical Plant Kills Welder, Injures 2 Others

Federal and local authorities are investigating the cause of an industrial explosion at an Augusta, Georgia, chemical complex that killed one worker and injured two others Wednesday, Sept. 27. According to The Augusta Chronicle, the deadly explosion occurred at the DSM Chemical plant, a unit of the Dutch multinational chemical manufacturer that produces powder-coat paint resins. The explosion killed 29-year-old Steven Gonsalves of Beech Island, South Carolina. According to The Augusta Chronicle, Mr. Gonsalves was not an employee of DSM but he was in the plant performing welding work with the other workers who were injured. A spokesperson for the ... Read More

Supplement maker faces criminal charges

A Georgia-based dietary supplement maker and its CEO are facing 18 criminal charges for a variety of questionable business practices that, if proven, could land the supplement entrepreneur to prison for the third time in less than a decade. CEO Jared Wheat and his company Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., were named in the federal indictment, which accuses both of wire fraud, money laundering, introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce, and manufacturing and distributing controlled substances. Hi-Tech’s director of contract manufacturing, John Schopp, is also named in some of the charges. Wheat and Schopp are accused of creating counterfeit documents to appear ... Read More

Eastman Chemical Plant Explosion on anniversary of Catastrophic Blast

On Wednesday morning, Oct. 4, 2017 Eastman Chemical in Kingsport, Tennessee, experienced a massive explosion 57 years to the date after another major explosion that still impacts workers today. In October 1960, Alex Looney, 21 at the time, was playing golf when he felt the effects of the massive blast from Eastman Chemical. The ground shook beneath his feet. “Then, of course, for the next several hours you heard sirens and saw all sorts of emergency vehicles,” Looney told News Channel 11. Little did he know that several good friends who worked at Eastman died that day. Kingsport Times-News called the ... Read More

Publix recalls ground turkey for ‘extraneous materials’

Grocery chain Publix has announced a recall of ground turkey products produced and distributed by Prestage Foods, Inc. The company, based in St. Pauls, North Carolina, alerted Publix that the ground turkey may be contaminated with “extraneous materials.” The recall affects nearly 40,000 pounds of ground turkey. The problem was detected following a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) review. Workers conducting sanitation procedures on equipment reported a possible problem to the FSIS. On the same day, according to a Publix news release, a worker at one of the retail locations that received the ground ... Read More