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Cruise turned tragic for honeymooning couple

Shir Frenkel and Igal Tyszman wanted to make the most out of their Royal Caribbean honeymoon cruise. After boarding the ship in Miami, they booked a zip lining excursion through Royal Caribbean during a stop at the port in Roatan, Honduras. But the adventure turned tragic when a zip lining accident left Frenkel a widow with serious injuries. Frenkel filed a lawsuit late last month in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Miami Division, alleging Royal Caribbean is to blame. She also sued the zip line operator. Frenkel says Royal Caribbean is responsible for her husband’s ... Read More

Lawsuit: Woman died aboard cruise ship due to shoddy medical care

Cynthia Braaf’s 30th anniversary cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas ship with her husband, Humphrey, ended up being her last. A lawsuit filed by her family alleges the cruise line is responsible because the medical care they provided was shoddy. “The cruise was the start of all the things we had planned together. Our kids had just grown up. We were going to go to Israel – we had a lot of things planned,” Mr. Braaf told the New Times. “But I guess if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” Mr. Braaf filed ... Read More

Construction Worker Suffers Arm Amputation At Florida Job Site

A South Florida construction worker suffered an accidental amputation of his full arm on a job site in Hillsboro Beach on the morning of Nov. 29. According to Miami’s WSVN Channel 7 News, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said witnesses reported that the 44-year-old construction worker was working with an auger, a machine used to bore holes into the ground, when his arm became entangled in the machine’s drill bit. “The mechanical force of the drill-bit caused a complete amputation of his right arm just below the shoulder,” Broward Battalion Chief Michael Kane said in a news release. A Hillsboro ... Read More

Oil Dispersants Used In Deepwater Horizon Spill Likely Did More Harm Than Good

The chemical oil dispersants BP used in its response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill did little to mitigate the massive spill and likely did more harm than good, researchers from the University of Miami found. A study led by a research team from the UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science analyzed polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), the most toxic components of petroleum, from samples taken within a six-mile radius of the Deepwater Horizon blowout site. Despite 3,000 tons (about 770,000 gallons) of Corexit oil dispersants injected near the well head, substantial amounts of oil continued to surface ... Read More

Decontamination kits donated to Florida firefighters

Firefighters are at greater risk than the general public of developing cancer because they often come in contact with carcinogenic fumes, like benzene which can cause blood cancers like acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and materials like asbestos that can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that develops in the lining of internal organs like the lungs. In an effort to reduce this risk among firefighters, the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center distributed 4,000 decontamination kits to fire departments across the state. Up to 85 percent of the soot can be removed from the firefighter’s ... Read More

Royal Caribbean cruise line to face trial in death of man who fell overboard

A jury will decide whether Royal Caribbean Cruises was negligent in the death of a 22-year-old passenger who went overboard from the 12th-level deck of the Independence of the Suns ship in the early morning of Dec. 22, 2016. Todd and Lisa Skokan filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District court in Miami, Florida, alleging the ship’s employees served their son, Nathan, too much alcohol, delayed search-and-rescue efforts, caused the family emotional distress by suggesting their son committed suicide by intentionally jumping, and forced family members into their stateroom against their will during search-and-rescue efforts. According to a witness, Nathan ... Read More

Miami Bridge Collapse Leads To OSHA Penalties for Five Contractors

Federal authorities investigating a deadly pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami have cited five companies involved in the construction of the structure for multiple safety violations that created an unsafe work environment for employees. On Thursday, March 15, a pedestrian bridge connecting Florida International University campus with the community of Sweetwater collapsed onto SW 8th Street just before 2 p.m., crushing several vehicles and their occupants. The bridge collapse killed six people and injured nine others. While the cause of bridge collapse remains under investigation, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulators inspected the site and found seven violations that together constituted ... Read More

Florida Opioid Pill Mill Doctor, Staff Go to Prison

A South Florida doctor busted for illegally dispensing prescription opioid painkillers to cash-paying “patients” has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison. Dr. Andres Mecia, 64, of Fort Lauderdale, ran an opioid pill mill in his Oakland Park, Florida clinic, Adult & Geriatric Institute of Florida Inc., which operated under the name AGI Medical & Dental. According to the government’s allegations, Dr. Mencia and office personnel — Oscar Luis Ventura-Rodriguez, 41, of Ft. Lauderdale; Nadira Sampath-Grant, 51, of Margate, and John Mensah, 50, of Miami, performed sham consultations with patients seeking opioid drugs. In these consultations, Dr. Mencia and his co-conspirators ... Read More

Drone, Helicopter Narrowly Avoid Crash Over Florida Beach

A YouTube video uploaded by a drone operator showing a helicopter narrowly missing a collision with a drone over Hollywood Beach, Florida, is being investigated by federal authorities. The video, uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, Aug. 16, but since removed, shows a helicopter approaching the drone over the ocean as it faces west toward the shore. The helicopter appears to be on a collision course with the drone, but fortunately flies just underneath it. According to Miami’s Local 10 News, the YouTube user who posted the video, identified as Masih Persian, captioned the video in a way that indicates he ... Read More

OSHA Says Incompetence Played a Role in I-95 Worker Deaths

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said incompetence played a role in the deaths of two construction workers on an I-95 highway project in Miami earlier this year. Abel Orlando Zuniga-Fajardo, 37, and Osman Aldubin Montalvan-Ardon, 33, were crushed to death Feb. 4 when a section of concrete highway barrier collapsed into a trench in the center median where they were working to remove a storm drain system. Miami Fire and Rescue declared both men dead at the scene of the deadly collapse, according to the Miami Herald. OSHA investigators proposed that Archer Western Construction, which employed the ... Read More