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Foundry Worker Meets Amputation Team That Saved His Life

A California foundry worker who underwent a double-leg amputation on the job after being caught in a screw conveyor in August 2017 was recently reunited with the emergency team that helped extricate the man from the machinery and save his life. According to the University of Southern California News, Hector Ruiz had climbed into a confined space to unjam a screw conveyor at the Alhambra iron foundry where he worked. He had finished the job but crawled back into the space to retrieve a tool. At the same time, another worker powered on the machine. “It was too late” Mr. ... Read More

Double-Leg Amputation Victim Blames Mercedes Malfunction

A California man who underwent a double leg amputation after being struck by a Los Angeles city truck in 2017 is seeking damages for his debilitating injuries from multiple parties. Plaintiffs Gabriel Abikzer and his wife filed the personal injury lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court May 18, seeking unspecified damages for negligence, strict product liability, and loss of consortium, mynewsLA.com reports. Mr. Abikzer alleges he was driving his son to school in his 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550, which is equipped with ECO Start/Stop technology that automatically shuts off the engine instead of idling, such as waiting at a red light. ... Read More

LA sues drug makers, distributors for fueling opioid epidemic

The City of Los Angeles has filed a lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors of highly addictive opioid painkillers, accusing the companies of engaging in deceptive marketing practices, and contributing to the nation’s opioid epidemic. Los Angeles is the latest local government among dozens to hold drug companies to task for fueling the opioid crisis by pushing the highly addictive drugs and not warning of the risks. Los Angeles is accusing makers of OxyContin, methadone, fentanyl and other opioids of public nuisance, violating the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, and negligence. “The scourge of prescription drug addiction has made ... Read More

California Man Suffers Devastating Burns in E-Cigarette Explosion

A California man is suing the world’s leading battery manufacturer over severe burn injuries he suffered when his e-cigarette exploded in his pants pocket. According to the Los Angeles Times, 26-year-old Erik Howell of Glendale filed the personal injury lawsuit against LG Chem, the Korean chemical company that owns the lion’s share of the world’s battery market, in Los Angeles Superior Court. Mr. Howell alleges an LG Chem battery for his e-cigarette “violently exploded” in the front left pocket of his pants Jan. 15, setting his clothes on fire. The white-hot flames from the battery severely burned his legs and ... Read More

Multi-vehicle Crash Involving Tractor-Trailer Injures 4 in LA

California authorities are investigating a fiery crash between a tractor-trailer and several passenger vehicles that injured four people on the 405 in Los Angeles April 30. The driver of the tractor-trailer told the California Highway Patrol (CHP) that another driver cut in front of him as he was trying to change lanes, forcing him to collide with the Freeway’s concrete median and roll over onto a Honda Accord. The tractor-trailer was traveling in the northbound lane of 405 when the crash occurred. The rollover caused the tractor-trailer to spill its cargo of concrete blocks and debris onto the southbound lanes, ... Read More

Tesla on Autopilot Rams Highway Barrier, Killing Driver

Tesla has confirmed that the driver of a Model X who was killed in a violent highway crash in Mountain View, California, March 23 had his hands off the wheel and the SUV’s Autopilot engaged for several seconds before slamming into a barrier at 70 mph. Computer logs recovered from the wreckage show that Wei Huang, a 38-year-old Apple engineer and father of two, had his hands off the steering wheel for six seconds as he traveled along highway 101 toward a carpool lane on 85. A highway barrier separated the interchange, and the automated Tesla vehicle drove straight into ... Read More

Worker’s Double-Leg Amputation Proves Costly for SoCal Foundry

An Alhambra, California, foundry faces fines of more than $280,000 for occupational safety and health violations that contributed to a worker suffering a double leg amputation on the job last year. As with so many persistent industrial amputation accidents across the country, the accidental amputation at Alhambra Foundry Co. occurred due to inadequate lockout/tagout procedures, which are intended to prevent machinery from powering on when workers maintaining, servicing, or cleaning the machine. According to Cal/OSHA, on Aug. 28, two workers at the foundry were cleaning and unjamming a 38-foot-long auger screw conveyor at the bottom of an industrial air filtration ... Read More

Ovarian cancer risk warning added to generic talc products

Some generic talcum powder products that rival Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower now carry ovarian cancer warnings on their labels, even though Johnson & Johnson has repeatedly refused to add warnings on its talc-containing products. Meanwhile, the consumer health care giant is being hit with multiple eight- and nine-figure verdicts in cases alleging the company knew of the cancer risks with its products but failed to warn consumers. Last August, jurors in Los Angeles who returned a $417 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a talc-ovarian cancer case heard evidence that some generic brands of talc-containing products ... Read More

Self-Driving Truck Completes First Cross-Country Journey

A self-driving tractor-trailer equipped with technologies developed by Embark has completed a 2,400-mile test drive from Los Angeles to Jacksonville, Florida. Embark, a San Francisco start-up founded by 22-year-old robotics enthusiast Alex Rodrigues, did not manufacture the truck but developed a self-driving system that can be integrated into Peterbilt trucks and potentially other vehicles. Embark’s self-driving vehicle technology employs a range of sensors comprised of five cameras, three long-range radars, and two or more light detection and ranging sensors (lidars) that feed information to a dynamic CPU that controls the vehicle. Whereas other self-driving vehicle companies such as Alphabet’s Waymo ... Read More

UCLA scolded by FDA over promotion of investigational cancer treatment

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), was hit with an untitled letter by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Prescription Drug Promotion for describing an investigation drug on a webpage and an online brochure as a new option for use in PET scans to detect prostate cancer cells. The agency said there is no assurance the treatment is safe or effective because it is still being investigated and is not approved. Promoting the drug on the webpage and brochure qualified the product as misbranded under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the agency said. “The claims ... Read More