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E-Cigarette Blast Leaves Idaho Man With Severe Facial Injuries

An Idaho man who suffered severe facial injuries when his e-cigarette exploded in his face posted pictures on social media of himself in the hospital to raise awareness about the unexpected risks of using e-cigarettes. Andrew Hall of Pocatallo, Idaho, said on a Facebook post Jan. 15 that he had followed the e-cigarette manufacturer’s instructions for the device, but that didn’t stop it from blowing up in his face. Now, as he recovers in ICU, he wants others who use e-cigarettes to see what can potentially happen. His Facebook post reads: “I was getting ready for work when I had ... Read More

OSHA Calls Idaho Construction Worker’s Fatal Fall A “Tragic Reminder” of Employer Negligence

Brandon Horine’s first day at work removing shingles from a residential roof in Nampa, Idaho, was also his last. Without required fall-protection equipment in place, the 42-year-old worker fell to the ground on Sept. 12, 2016 – suffering severe brain trauma that ended his life several days later. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated the circumstances surrounding Mr. Horine’s death. OSHA authorities found his employer, RP Construction, had violated critical safety rules on the job site, which likely jeopardized Mr. Horine’s life. According to OSHA, RP Construction failed to ensure its workers used fall-protection equipment, and failed to train new ... Read More

Multiple Offenses Prompt Feds To Bar Idaho Truck Driver From Commercial Driving

Federal safety regulators have declared a commercial truck driver from Idaho to pose “an imminent threat to public safety” and ordered him to immediately stop driving any commercial motor vehicles. Justin Dennis’ troubles with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the law started in January of last year when he was subjected to a random test for controlled substances. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires random controlled-substances tests to be performed on holders of a commercial driver’s license. The test administered to Mr. Dennis revealed the presence of methamphetamine in his body. The positive result for meth ... Read More

CFO Whistleblower Awarded Nearly $2 Million In Wrongful Termination Case

A federal administrative law judge has awarded the former chief financial officer of a chain of medical clinics in the Northwest nearly $2 million, finding credibility with his claim that he was fired in retribution for refusing to wrongfully alter financial reports. Greg Becker, the former CFO of Rockwood Clinic, which operates a dozen primary care clinics in the Spokane, Wash., and Couer d’Alene, Idaho, areas, sued his employer and its parent company, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, in 2012. Mr. Becker alleged that the company repeatedly tried to bully him into lowering the company’s projected losses for 2012 from $12.8 ... Read More

Nursing homes that do harm no longer protected by binding arbitration clauses

Robert Rood was 10 when he became quadriplegic and needed a ventilator to breathe after being hit by a truck. His mother, Julia Rood, cared for him in her home, but in 2011 she had him admitted to Holly Lane nursing home in Idaho. “It was pretty good for a year,” she told the Idaho Statesman. “And then he suffered acute lung failure there in 2013.” Robert was hospitalized, then sent home and to other facilities before returning to Holly Lane. That’s when things went from bad to worse. “He was hospitalized four times in six weeks. He suffered a lung ... Read More

Idaho Sugar Producer Probed After Worker Suffers Severe Burn Injuries

Federal authorities are investigating an Idaho beet sugar company for safety issues after an employee was severely burned by hot sugar syrup on the job last week. According to the Twin Falls Times-News, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently awaiting the findings of an internal investigation of the accident, which occurred inside the Amalgamated Sugar Company plant Monday, Sept. 26. Emergency workers responded to a call from the Amalgamated Sugar plant about 2:45 p.m. There they treated a 28-year-old woman with “severe burns” she received after spilling a sample container of hot syrup. The Twin Falls ... Read More

U.S. Grants Border States $32 Million For International Commercial Carrier Safety

The 15 U.S. states that share a border with Mexico or Canada are receiving an injection of federal funding to help keep roads safe by stepping up inspections to ensure foreign commercial carriers are in compliance with U.S. safety laws and regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said this month it is providing states with international border crossings $32 million in grants. The funds will go to the transportation departments of all the eligible states to help authorities make sure all commercial trucks and drivers are properly licensed to operate on U.S. roads. The Border Enforcement Grant (BEG) ... Read More

More Zofran lawsuits filed as drug marketed off-label for morning sickness is linked to birth defects

The Daily Hornet, reporting on Zofran lawsuits, said that experts say that the 265 suits pending in a centralized federal litigation in Massachusetts will likely be transferred to Boston. This was the count as of June 7, but Massachusetts isn’t the only state where Zofran suits are being filed both in state and federal courts. Lawsuits also are still being brought against drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), so the numbers are rising. One such case reported by the Daily Hornet involves plaintiffs who are the parents of twins, both of whom were born diagnosed with heart defects. One twin died from the severity ... Read More

Former Paper Mill Worker Awarded $235,000 In Whistleblower Retaliation Case

A federal judge in Idaho has ordered a paper manufacturer to pay a former employee $235,000 in back pay and damages after ruling that the company violated federal whistleblower protections when it unlawfully fired the employee for reporting unsafe working conditions. Clearwater Paper Corp. of Spokane, Wash., fired Anthony Tenny, an employee of its Lewiston, Idaho, sawmill, in 2010, less than a month after Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials inspected the mill in response to a complaint Mr. Tenny filed stating concerns about high levels of wood dust in the mill. Inadequate or improper ventilation can allow unsafe ... Read More

Frozen vegetables recalled due to possible listeria contamination

CRF Frozen Foods, based in Pasco, Wash., is recalling 15 of its frozen vegetable items due to concerns that the frozen foods may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Listeria was found in one lot of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) organic petite green peas and organic white sweet cut corn during routine testing at the facility by Ohio health officials. Affected products were distributed to retailers and distribution centers between Sept. 13 and March 16, 2016, to the following states – Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, ... Read More