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New Orleans Elevator Malfunction Injures Five Workers

An elevator malfunction at the scene of a luxury condo development in New Orleans injured five construction workers July 28 and triggered an investigation by federal safety officials. The elevator inside The Standard plummeted seven stories to the ground with 11 construction workers inside. Amazingly, only five of the workers were injured and the most serious injury was a fractured foot. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sent inspectors to the construction site at South Rampart and Julia Streets to open an investigation. The investigation is still underway. It could take weeks for a preliminary report and months before ... Read More

Train Conductor’s Arm Amputation Triggers Lawsuit

An accidental arm amputation is the basis of a former railroad conductor’s lawsuit against Pan Am Railways. The lawsuit, filed by former Pan Am Railways conductor Matthew Larson in New York Supreme Court in Schenectady, alleges that the regional railway failed to provide a safe working environment by making sure the tracks were clear of debris, the Albany Times Union reports. Mr. Larson, 22, of Rensselaer County, New York, was on a train approaching a switch to the main line Dec. 15. He was giving a countdown to the engineer when an object, believed to be a tree limb, pulled ... Read More

Stuntman Killed On Set of The Walking Dead

A stuntman filming for AMC’s hit television show The Walking Dead died last week from injuries he suffered from a fall on the show’s set in Georgia. John Bernecker, 33, was flown to Atlanta Medical Center Wednesday, July 12, after falling more than 20 feet from a balcony on The Walking Dead set to a concrete floor below. He died at 6:30 p.m. the same day from blunt force trauma, including a head injury, Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk said. The Walking Dead has been filmed in and around the town of Senoia, Georgia, just southwest of Atlanta, since it ... Read More

Workers Killed, Injured in Florida Construction Accident

In Durkeeville, Florida, at the construction site of a new senior community, one worker was killed and another seriously injured in an accident, Action News Jax reports. One worker, believed to be in his 40s, died and another 30-year-old worker was seriously injured by falling on his back. The injured worker was transported to UF Hospital, while the other worker was pronounced dead on the scene. No details about the incident leading to the injury and death have been officially released, but Charlie McCloud, who lives next door to the future Mary Eaves Apartment building set to open this summer, ... Read More

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

Multiple Amputations, Safety Violations lead to $500K Penalties for Ohio Manufacturer

A history of accidental amputations from improperly guarded machinery and a multitude of other workplace safety hazards have led to penalties of more than half a million dollars for an Ohio garage door manufacturer. On April 24, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Napoleon Spring Works, Inc. of Archbold, Ohio, for 17 safety violations. The agency deemed two of the violations “willful,” meaning the company acted with indifference to employee health and safety. Eight serious and seven repeat violations accounted for the remaining citations. The citations were given for violations that included failure to properly guard machines and ... Read More

Jury awards $20 Million Verdict Over Vaginal Mesh Device

Johnson & Johnson is facing a $20 million verdict for injuries a New Jersey woman suffered due to a vaginal mesh device, the Pensacola News Journal reports. Margaret Engleman, 55, of Cinnaminson, New Jersey, was implanted with a vaginal mesh made by Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, in 2007 to relieve stress urinary incontinence, a condition in which small amounts of urine are leaked during exercise, sneezing, laughing or coughing. The vaginal mesh device is made of knitted polypropylene fabric, and is used to reinforce the walls of the bladder. It is designed to be a permanent implant, unable to ... 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

Two Workers Severely Burned By Hot Oil Sue Church’s Fried Chicken For $150 Million

Two employees of a Church’s Fried Chicken in Livingston, Texas, are suing the fast-food chain for $150 million after suffering life-threatening grease burns when the kitchen floor collapsed. Hugolina Guerrero de Garzon, a 35-year-old mother of three, and Joselin Damian Gonzalez, 17, remain hospitalized in guarded condition after being “horrifically, permanently injured” when the floor caved in Aug. 1, 2016. The women were working in a small area of the kitchen in a Church’s Fried Chicken location in Livingston, about 70 miles north of Houston, when the floor gave way. They and another female employee fell down onto a sub-floor ... Read More

Pennsylvania Woman Files Lawsuit Over Cook Medical IVC Filter

Pennsylvania resident Caitlin G. was implanted with an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter on June 21, 2012, when she was found to be at risk for a blood clot. At Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, the Günther Tulip, made by Cook Medical, was implanted. However, Caitlin was left with injuries that led her to file a lawsuit against Cook on March 9, 2017, alleging the filter failed and resulted in her injuries. Her lawsuit has been added to 1,500 similar lawsuits pending in a multi-district litigation. The Günther Tulip is one of the oldest IVC filter models still on the market. Different from other ... Read More