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Worker’s “Horrific” Hand Injury Results In Costly Fines For Florida Manufacturer

A Miami-area manufacturer faces penalties of more than $166,270 for safety violations federal inspectors found while investigating a workplace incident that mutilated a new employee’s hand. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Southern Fiber Inc. “knew the dangers that workers faced, yet it made no attempt to correct identified safety hazards.” Because of the company’s neglect, OSHA said, “a 30-year-old employee, who had been on the job for three days, suffered a horrific and preventable injury.” Southern Fiber manufactures and distributes polyester products, including bedspreads, mattresses, and outdoor patio furniture. It has facilities in Miami Gardens, ... Read More

Fatal Elevator Accident Traumatizes Carnival Cruise Passengers

Miami-Dade Police Department authorities are investigating the grisly death of a crew member aboard the Carnival Ecstasy cruise ship Sunday that turned a guest elevator into a fountain of blood. Jose Sandoval Opazo, a 66-year-old maintenance worker aboard the Carnival cruise ship, died Dec. 27 while working on a ship elevator, the Miami-Dade Police Department confirmed. Mr. Opazo was a resident of Liguria, Italy. Matt Davis, a Fort Myers, Fla., man who was on a three-day cruise from Miami with his family, spoke to CNN about encountering the scene, describing blood pouring from the top of the elevator “like a sheet ... Read More

Trump Hotel Collection, Hilton Hotels hit by data breaches

The Trump Hotel Collection, owned by republican presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump, confirmed a data breach believed to have taken place between May 2014 and June 2015. According to PYMNTS.com, customer payment card information at select hotel locations may have been breached by means of unauthorized software installed on the hotels’ point-of-sale (POS) systems; however, it’s still unclear whether the involved hackers actually stole any private information. The following Trump hotel locations were affected by the data breach:  Trump SoHo New York; Trump National Doral in Miami; Trump International New York; Trump International Chicago; Trump International Waikiki in Honolulu; ... Read More

Airbus Exec, Wife Recovering After Fiery Airplane Crash In Everglades

A Florida couple is recovering in the hospital after surviving a fiery airplane crash in the Everglades Sunday morning. Ken McKenzie, a former pilot for the Canadian Armed Forces and the former Chief Operating Officer for Spirit Airlines, was piloting a Lancair IV-P he and his wife Sonia purchased in the spring. They were headed north from Fort Lauderdale to visit their daughter in Virginia when they began to experience engine trouble shortly after takeoff. Mr. McKenzie, who is now an executive with Airbus, told authorities that there was an oil pressure problem in the engine. At some point the ... Read More

Researchers explain reason for melanoma risk with Viagra

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association warns that men who use the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra are twice as likely to develop the deadly skin cancer melanoma than men who did not use the drug. The study involved 25,000 male health professionals who were followed for 10 years. Researchers noted which men developed melanoma or other skin cancers, and whether they took Viagra. They found men who used or had ever used Viagra were at an increased risk of melanoma, but not other cancers such as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma. The ... Read More

More people sickened by eating fish than previously estimated, new report finds

The number of people sickened by eating fish such as barracuda and other sport fish is far greater than scientists previously believed, federal health officials warned Tuesday. Researchers say the illnesses are linked to a toxin in the fish, citing a new study documenting cases of ciguatera fish poisoning in Florida. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ciguatera fish poisoning is an illness caused by eating fish that contain toxins produced by Gambierdiscus toxicus, a relatively rare marine microalgae. People sickened with ciguatera usually experience nausea, vomiting, and neurologic symptoms such as tingling sensations, especially in the ... Read More

243 Professionals Charged in Record Medicare Fraud Crackdown

A nationwide sweep by the federal government’s Medicare Fraud Strike Force resulted in criminal charges against 243 individuals, including 46 doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals for their suspected participation in a multitude of Medicare and Medicaid fraud schemes that cost U.S. taxpayers $712 million, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Thursday. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the sweep, which encompassed 17 metropolitan areas throughout the U.S., was the “largest criminal health care fraud takedown in the history of the Department of Justice,” both in the number of individuals charged and the amount of federal ... Read More

Whistleblower lawsuit against Florida nursing home leads to record $17-million settlement

A whistleblower lawsuit filed against Miami, Fla.,-based Hebrew Homes Health Network by its former Chief Financial Officer ended with a settlement requiring the company to pay the U.S. $17 million. The U.S. Justice Department said the settlement was the largest ever involving Anti-Kickback Statute violations by a skilled nursing home. The U.S. Justice Department, which investigated the case and chose to intervene, said Stephen Beaujon accused Hebrew Homes, its former president and executive director, and its subsidiaries and affiliates of operating a “sophisticated kickback scheme” in which the nursing facility hired and paid numerous doctors into “ghost positions” that paid ... Read More

Listeria contamination confirmed in first Alabama-made Blue Bell ice cream sample

The potentially deadly strain of listeria bacteria linked to Blue Bell ice cream products has been found in a sample produced in the company’s Sylacauga, Ala., plant. It is the first evidence that Listeria contamination was not limited to the Texas and Oklahoma Blue Bell plants. The family of a Florida man recovering in the hospital from a suspected bout of meningitis sent a half gallon of Blue Bell Cookies ‘n’ Cream ice cream to Kappa Laboratories in Miami for testing “on a whim” after hearing about the multistate Listeria outbreak, which has been blamed for 10 confirmed illnesses, three of ... Read More

Chinese drywall threatens Miami luxury condo tower

A Miami luxury condo development has linked ongoing problems some that residents are experiencing with the presence in nearly 30 of its units of defective Chinese drywall that emits toxic fumes. The 500 Brickell East condominium developers face costs of at least $3.3 million to have the Chinese drywall removed from already-occupied condo units and replaced. It’s a cost the developer will have to pay for up front rather than wait for the outcome of pending litigation in the matter, which could be years away. Drywall made in China was imported in massive quantities during the pre-recession building boom of ... Read More