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NTSB Recommends Four Railroad Safety Measures In Wake of 2015 Rail Accidents

Federal safety investigators recommended the railroad industry take four measures to improve rail safety based on its findings from two separate 2015 train accidents. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said its recommendations stem from its probe of a railroad accident in Kansas City, Kansas, that killed a Union Pacific employee in September 2015 and an oil train derailment in Heimdal, North Dakota, that released more than 96,000 gallons of crude oil into the environment in May 2015. In the Kansas accident, a Union Pacific Railroad foreman died after being struck by a remote-controlled train during switching operations at the ... Read More

Grain-Entrapment Accident Triggers Fines For Nebraska Co-op

A Nebraska grain-handling cooperative faces massive monetary penalties for its failure to protect workers from potentially deadly grain bin entrapment and engulfment hazards. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it cited Farmers Cooperative of Dorchester, Nebraska, with eight safety violations and nearly $380,000 in penalties following a grain-entrapment accident in one of its grain bins in May. According to Omaha’s KETV Channel 7, Dave Maier, 55, entered a grain elevator at the Farmers Cooperative in Raymond, Nebraska, to check on a clogged auger. Workers at the grain facility were transferring soybeans between bins when the machinery become ... Read More

Safety Lapses Cause Trench Cave-In Deaths

When a trench cave-in buried her son under tons of soil last December, Theresa O’Hare had to be held back physically from the owner of Arrow Plumbing LLC, a Blue Springs, Missouri company with a shoddy safety history. Ms. O’Hare’s son Donald J. “D.J.” Meyer, 33, was made to work on a sewer line at the bottom a 12-foot-deep trench that was not shored up to prevent a cave-in as federal safety rules mandate. The worksite was at a Belton, Missouri residence. According to The Kansas City Star, Ms. O’Hare re-lived some of that rage all over again when she ... Read More

Tough New Amusement Laws Could Kill Kansas County Fair

Amusement rides in carnivals and county fairs, a Kansas tradition since the mid-1800s, will likely become history unless state legislators amend tough new legislation whipped up after the tragic death of Caleb Schwab, the 10-year-old boy who was killed on an extreme waterslide in Kansas City, Kansas, last summer. According to The Hutchinson News, at least one Western Kansas county has decided to no longer have rides at its annual carnival even though the new regulations won’t take effect until 2018. Other counties predicted that they are almost 100 percent certain they will no longer be able to offer rides ... Read More

Oklahoma Woman Says Roundup Caused her Cancer

An Oklahoma woman who spent much of her life working with and around the weed killer Roundup has filed a lawsuit against its maker Monsanto, alleging the herbicide’s ingredients caused her to develop chronic lymphoma leukemia. Francene Lisle, a recent transplant to Oklahoma from Kansas City, told Fox 4 Kansas City that she was diagnosed with leukemia in March 2015 after her doctor found her white blood cell count was abnormally high. Ms. Lisle began searching for clues to her illness. She had no family history of chronic lymphoma leukemia, so she probed other possible causes. That’s when she discovered ... Read More

Fireworks Cause Amputations, Burns Over July 4 Holiday

A St. Louis, Missouri, man suffered a partial amputation of his hand July 4 after a firework exploded in his right hand. According to KMOV Channel 4 St. Louis, the 22-year-old man told paramedics he lit a firework before positioning it in a launch tube instead of lighting it after it was placed in the tube. The firework detonated in his hand and the blast severed four of the man’s fingers. There is no central database to keep track of fireworks injuries in the U.S. but news reports from across the country indicate that thousands of people sustained fireworks-related injuries, ... Read More

Deadly Arizona Bus Crash Blamed on Tire Failure

A deadly bus crash in western Arizona that killed one person and injured eight others Monday, July 3, started with a tire failure, investigating authorities said. The crash occurred on Interstate 10 near Quartzsite, Arizona, on the California border about 4 a.m. when the left-front tire of a bus carrying support staff of an Illinois drum corps experienced a blowout. The tire failure caused the bus driver, 55-year-old Donna Howard, to lose control of the vehicle. According to Pinal Central, the bus drove across the highway median and tumbled over onto its left side. Ms. Howard, a resident of Kansas ... Read More

Ford Recalls 402,462 Transits

Potentially faulty drive shafts forced automobile manufacturer Ford Motor Company to recall 402,462 Transits in North America this week at a cost of $142 million. It is the second of two massive quality control recalls for the company in less than a year. A defective coupling could allow the drive shaft to separate, “cutting off motive power, causing the vehicle to move while parked or damaging surrounding parts,” USA Today reports. The recalled vans include model-years 2015 through 2017 and were assembled at Ford’s Kansas City, Missouri, plant from Jan. 17, 2014, to June 15, 2017. The company claims that ... Read More

Kansas Chiropractor Pays $1 Million To Settle False Claims Act Suit

A Kansas City, Kansas, Chiropractor has agreed to pay the U.S. more than $1 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that he and his three clinics billed Medicare for several procedures that were not covered by the healthcare program or not medically necessary. According to U.S. Attorney Tom Beall’s office, chiropractor Brian Schnitta and Natural Way Chiropractic Center will pay the U.S. government $1, 038,903 to resolve the government’s allegations. Federal prosecutors say that Dr. Schnitta, who owns and operates clinics in Overland Park, Kansas; Lenexa, Kansas; and in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, claimed he and his clinics provided treatments ... Read More

False Claims Act lawsuit settles For $1 Million

A False Claims Act lawsuit filed brought by the U.S. government against a Dodge City, Kansas, penis pump manufacturer ended this week with a $1 million settlement. According to United States Attorney Tom Beall, District of Kansas, Pos-T-Vac, Inc. agreed to pay the U.S. to settle allegations that it violated the federal False Claims Act by improperly charging Medicare for “vacuum products used to treat erectile dysfunction.” Prosecutors alleged that from Jan. 1, 2009, through July 27, 2012, Pos-T-Vac submitted claims for durable medical supplies that were not medically necessary, lacked documentation of medical necessity, or were not properly ordered ... Read More