Tagged Articles

Kansas City 79 articles

Distributor gets time in prison for pushing dangerous diet pills

A man selling dietary supplements and weight loss pills was sentenced to 11 months in federal prison plus two years of supervised release for pushing capsules that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said were misbranded and contained heart-harming and cancer-causing ingredients. U.S. Chief District Judge Laurie Smith Camp issued the order on Paul D. Martin, of Kearney, Neb., owner of Slim Beauty USA. He reportedly sold the offending producs, Dr. Ming’s Chinese Capsule, Magic Slim and Dream Body Slimming Capsules, at his Slim Beauty USA business, online at www.slimbeautyusa.com, and on eBay. In 2014, the FDA sent Camp a ... 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

OSHA Investigating Two Apparent Heatstroke Deaths  In Florida, Missouri

Federal authorities are investigating the deaths of two workers in different parts of the country who died on the job as a result of apparent heatstroke. On August 11, a 47-year-old employee of Briggs Traditional Turf Farm in Peculiar, Mo., was found dead after spending hours prepping soil and laying sod in conditions with a heat index of 105 degrees. One coworker told investigators that he picked up the man, a father of five, from his house at 7:30 a.m. At about 2:30 p.m., the co-worker spotted the man taking a break by lying down in a gravel rock rock ... Read More

Texas Hot Air Balloon Pilot Sued Was Over Similar Crash in Missouri

The pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed in Lockhart, Texas, in July, killing all 16 people aboard was sued by a family over a similar accident that happened years before in Missouri, according to a Kansas City investigative report. KSHB 41 Action News reporters discovered court records from a lawsuit filed in 2012 against Air Balloon Sports, LLC, a Missouri-based hot air balloon company of which Alfred “Skip” Nichols, the pilot in the deadly Texas crash, was an owner. Court documents show that in 2009, Mr. Nichols took a family of three on a balloon ride in Jefferson ... Read More

Six Children Suffer Electrical Shocks On Connecticut Amusement Park Ride

Six children were taken to a hospital with minor injuries after experiencing electrical shocks on a ride at a Connecticut amusement park Tuesday afternoon. The children had been riding the Scrambler at Ocean Beach Park in New London and were exiting the ride when an electrical current apparently ran through the ride’s metal surfaces. The ride’s operator reported that he also was shocked when he went to turn the ride off. The incident occurred around 2 p.m. Eastern time. The children were taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in Waterford, Conn., for evaluation and treatment. One of the victims suffered ... Read More

Women Injured In Deadly Kansas City Waterslide Accident Suffer Physical And Emotional Trauma

The two women who shared a raft with the boy who was killed on the Verrückt waterslide at the Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark August 7 are recovering from facial injuries and emotional trauma. The women, whose names have not been disclosed by authorities investigating the accident, are sisters from Smith Center, Kan., a town near the Nebraska border. They were seated in a raft behind 10-year-old Caleb Schwab, who wanted to ride with his 12-year-old brother, Nate. But because of weight requirements on the slide, considered the world’s tallest waterslide, the brothers were seated with adults. Nate went down the ... Read More

Child Thrown From Roller Coaster Airlifted To Pittsburgh Hospital

A 3-year old child was airlifted to a Pennsylvania hospital Thursday after being thrown from a roller coaster at an amusement park near Pittsburgh. The accident occurred at the Idlewild & Soak Zone in Ligonier, a Southwestern Pennsylvania town about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh. Initial reports said the child fell from the park’s “Rollo Coaster,” one of the two roller coasters in an amusement park featuring mostly children’s rides and attractions. The child was flown to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The extent of the child’s injuries was not made public Thursday afternoon. According ... Read More

Boy Decapitated on Kansas City Waterslide, Evidence Points To multiple Safety Failures

New details have emerged about the death of the 10-year-old boy who was killed on the world’s tallest waterslide in Kansas Sunday, indicating serious safety failures contributed to the horrific accident. Caleb Schwab, the son of a Kansas state lawmaker who was at the Schlitterbahn Kansas City water park with his family on “Elected Officials Day,” died after descending the “Verrückt” slide. The slide’s designers wanted to offer an extreme attraction to guests and created a 17-story vertical drop that ascends a second hill, followed by a second 50-foot drop. Various verified reports say the raft Caleb was seated in ... Read More

Kansas Lawmaker’s Son Killed on World’s Tallest Waterslide

The 10-year-old son of a Kansas state representative died from injuries he sustained while going down a water slide in Kansas City, Kan., touted as the tallest waterslide in the world. Investigators continue to probe the death of Caleb Thomas Schwab, the son of Scott and Michele Schwab of Olathe, Kan. Mr. Schwab represents the Kansas’s 49th district in the state legislature. The accident occurred Sunday, which was “Elected Officials Day” at the Schlitterbahn water park, on the Verrückt waterslide, a 17-story structure whose name means “insane” in German. The slide requires two to three riders to be strapped into ... Read More

OSHA Steps Up Fight Against Whistleblower Retaliation With New Pilot Program

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a test run for its first severe violator enforcement program for employers that continually and willfully disregard the rights of whistleblowers. OSHA’s Whistleblower-Severe Violator Enforcement Program (W-SVEP) will be modeled after a similar program that has been in use for years – the Severe Violator Program, which helps regulators deal with employers that routinely ignore federal workplace safety and health regulations and protects workers by bringing workplaces up to code. OSHA’s Whistleblower-Severe Violator Enforcement Program became effective May 27, 2016, in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and companies under federal enforcement in Iowa. The new ... Read More