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Arkansas House Destroyed By Natural Gas Explosion

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An explosion that destroyed a North Little Rock home Friday night, injuring 14 people, was caused by an accumulation of natural gas from an open valve leak somewhere in the residence. The gas was ignited when one of the occupants lit a cigarette, according to investigators. The primary resident of the house, identified as Evelyn Brooks, told North Little Rock police that a natural gas odor persisted in the house up to a week before the explosion, including the moments right before it happened around 10:20 p.m. Aug. 19, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The blast was strong enough to ... Read More

OSHA Investigating Two Apparent Heatstroke Deaths  In Florida, Missiouri

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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

Marinello Beauty Schools Pay $11 Million To settle Whistleblower Fraud Allegations

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A for-profit chain of cosmetology schools has agreed to pay $11 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit brought by six former employees who alleged the schools defrauded the federal government by falsifying student loan applications and exaggerating claims about enrollment and post-graduate employment. Marinello Schools of Beauty started in 1905 and grew to include 56 campuses throughout the U.S., including California, Connecticut, Kansas, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Utah. The chain of schools closed abruptly in February after the U.S. Department of Education investigated the whistleblower claims and decided to bar Marinello schools from receiving any more federal financial aid funds. Lawyers ... Read More

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

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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

Tyson Chicken Plant Fined For Exposing Workers To Amputation And Burn Hazards

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When federal inspectors arrived at an East Texas poultry processing plant to investigate an accidental amputation, they uncovered a multitude of safety hazards that exposed employees to disfiguring injuries and death. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that inspectors it dispatched to the Tyson Foods Inc. chicken processing facility in Center, Texas, found more than a dozen serious safety violations, including failure to install safety guards on moving machine parts. That violation contributed to an employee at the plant having a finger amputated after it became stuck in an unguarded conveyor belt as he worked on a ... Read More

McDonald’s pulls “Step It” Activity Band Happy Meal toys following reports of burn marks

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McDonald’s has initiated a voluntary recall after consumers complained one of its Happy Meal toys is reportedly causing burn marks to appear on children. According to WSFA-TV, the aforementioned Happy Meal toys are fitness trackers called the “Step It! Activity Bands.” Available in six different colors, the toys were sold along with Happy Meals in both the United States and Canada. However, it wasn’t long after the fitness tracker toys were released that consumers began discovering unusual burn marks on their children. “Eight minutes after he’s playing with the watch and we go to get in the shower and I’m taking it off of ... Read More

Six Children Suffer Electrical Shocks On Connecticut Amusement Park Ride

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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

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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

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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

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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