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Chili’s Restaurant Employee Falls into Vat of Scalding Water

A Florida Chili’s restaurant worker was badly burned after falling into a vat of scalding hot water and now the restaurant faces more than $62,000 in penalties for workplace safety violations that may have contributed to the accident. According to documents published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), on Oct. 2, 2018, an employee of a Miami-area Chili’s restaurant was working on an elevated platform above a Frymaser Rethermalizer full of 185-degree water. The appliance is an industrial kitchen machine used to heat frozen and chilled pre-packaged foods. OSHA doesn’t describe the employee’s injuries in detail, but it’s ... Read More

‘LA’s Finest’ Stunt Accident Seriously Injures Show Producer

An accident on the set of the television series LA’s Finest that injured two of the show’s executives last month has resulted in a partial leg amputation. According to Deadline Hollywood, executive co-producer Brandon Sonnier and co-showrunner Brandon Margolis were rushed to Los Angeles area hospitals after a stunt being filmed for a car crash scene in San Pedro, California, resulted in a real crash. A source told Deadline that a stunt car crashed into a cargo crate, which sent the container and the car hurtling into the area behind the crate where the producers and director were watching the ... Read More

Miami bans use of glyphosate-containing weed killers

Miami, Florida, city commissioners have banned the use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used weed killer Roundup, in an effort to improve water quality and protect public health. “Water quality issues are so important to the city of Miami, and we can be one of the worst polluters as a municipality,” said Commissioner Ken Russell, who sponsored the resolution. “We ask for residents to make a change in their habits and that they be conscious of what they put in their gardens, but when I realized the totality of what the city uses at any given time, ... Read More

Feds Bust $8.6 Million Home Health Care Fraud Operation in Miami

Two Florida residents face time in federal prison for operating a home health care fraud scheme that cheated Medicare out of $8.6 million. The U.S. Department of Justice said that a federal judge in Miami sentenced Alexander Ros Lazo, 54, the owner of T.L.C. Health Services of Miami to 87 months in prison. According to the government’s complaint, Mr. Ros Lazo and his employee, Misleidy Ibarra, 46, conspired with others in building their Medicare patient base and in billing the government for illegitimate physical therapy services. Federal prosecutors said that Ms. Ibarra performed home health therapy services without a license ... Read More

Amazon Prime Cargo Plane Crash Kills 3

A Boeing 767-300 cargo plane operated by Atlas Air on behalf of Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Air crashed last weekend killing the three crew members who were on board including Capt. Sean Archuleta of Houston, First Officer Conrad Jules Aska of Antigua and Capt. Ricky Blakely of Indiana. The plane was en route from Miami when it crashed near Anahuac, Texas, approximately 40 miles southeast of Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Video from a nearby jail recorded the last few seconds of the fatal flight. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the crash, and its chairman, Robert Sumwalt, confirmed ... Read More

Boeing denied new trial over PTSD claims from harrowing flight

A Massachusetts federal judge nixed Boeing’s request for a retrial in a case involving a woman who won a $2.2 million verdict against the company, finding it was clear from expert testimony that the woman suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depressive disorder following a nail-biting flight in 2010. Adriana Guzman, a resident of Costa Rica, had flown aboard a Boeing aircraft in 2010 from Miami to Boston along with about 155 other passengers and crew, when at 32,000 feet in the air, an explosion-like noise erupted from the plane. An 18-inch-by-7-inch hole had torn through the 757’s fuselage, ... Read More

Carnival Cruise Passengers Injured in Shipboard Accident Sue

A group of Carnival Cruise Line passengers who allegedly were injured when their cruise ship listed to its side due to a technical problem are suing the cruise line. A couple from Georgia and a North Carolina woman filed the lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Line in a South Florida federal court on Tuesday, Jan. 15. They claim cruise line’s negligence caused the Carnival Sunshine to tilt to its side for about a minute just moments after setting sail from Port Canaveral, Florida, on a five-day Caribbean cruise Oct. 28. Several passengers aboard the cruise reported tables, chairs, and other furniture ... Read More

Demolition foreman killed on the job by snapped cable

A 64-year-old Miami resident serving as the foreman for a demolition of an old General Motors plant outside Wilmington, Delaware, died Friday after being struck in the head and body by a cable that snapped while lowering steel beams. The victim, identified as Paul Leary, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is working with state police to determine why the cable snapped and if Leary’s death could have been prevented. Leary worked for Atlantic Coast Dismantling. The GM site where the accident occurred is owned by developers Harvey Hanna & Associates. The company ... Read More

Medicare Fraud Lands Miami Pharmacy Owner 87-Month Prison Sentence

The owner of a Miami Beach pharmacy who received more than $8.4 million from Medicare over a six-year period for prescription drugs he never dispensed to beneficiaries was sentenced Dec. 18 to more than seven years in prison. On top of the prison sentence, Antonio Perez Jr., 48, of Miami Beach, will also have to pay the U.S. $8,415,824 in restitution and forfeit the same amount, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a Dec. 18 announcement. The forfeiture includes Miami-area properties worth about $700,000 that Mr. Perez owns and multiple bank accounts totaling more than $250,000. Mr. Perez ... Read More

Miami Construction Worker Impaled In Job Site Fall

A construction worker died after falling about 12 feet and suffering impalement injuries at a downtown Miami Beach construction site Dec. 17. Authorities did not identify the 35-year-old construction worker but said he was a mason employed by the New Jersey-based Rinaldi Group, a general contractor with operations in New Jersey, New York, Florida and Arizona. Miami Beach Fire Rescue reported that the accident occurred about 9 a.m. when the construction worker fell backward from the third-story level where he was working to the second story and became impaled on two pieces of reinforcing bar. Miami Beach Fire Department Division ... Read More