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St. Paul House Explosion Injures One Man, Displaces Several Others

An explosion believed to be caused by natural gas leveled a house in St. Paul, Minnesota, seriously injuring one man and leading authorities to condemn all the structures on the block. The Nov. 23 explosion remains under investigation, but officials said that the blast may have been triggered by a natural gas line. Some residents reported the smell of gas, according to ABC Eyewitness News Chicago. Responders to the scene of the explosion found 80-year-old John Lundahl among the debris. Officials told WCCO CBS 4 Minnesota that Mr. Lundahl’s feet were sticking out of the rubble and he was conscious ... Read More

Two FedEx suppliers face lawsuits after worker was crushed to death

The family of a material handler crushed to death under a cargo lift at the FedEx world hub in Memphis, Tennessee, has filed a lawsuit against two suppliers alleging equipment the companies supplied lacked effective safety mechanisms to protect workers, according to the Daily Memphian. The lawsuit was filed Nov. 22 in Shelby County Circuit Court and names JBT Aerotech of Chicago and Fast Global Solutions of Glenwood, Minnesota. The accident occurred when Ellen Gladney, 60, was caught beneath the cargo lift as her crew prepared to unload a Boeing 777F. Gladney’s job that day was to carry the hand-held ... Read More

Jennie-O Recalls Raw Turkey Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

U.S. health officials have announced a recall of raw turkey products they say is linked to an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses in multiple states, including one death. On Nov. 15, Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC, of Barron, Wisconsin, announced it is recalling more than 91,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products. The recall was triggered when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) found a sample of Jennie-O raw turkey tested positive for Salmonella Reading – the same Salmonella strain linked to an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella infections that has sickened at least 164 people in 35 states, including one death in California. The ... Read More

German Shipping Co Pays $3.2 Million Criminal Fine for Oil Dumping

A German shipping company must pay a $3.2 million criminal fine to resolve charges stemming from its deliberate dumping of oil waste in U.S. waters and maintaining false records, a federal judge in Maine decided. MST Mineralien Schiffahrt Spedition und Transport GmbH pleaded guilty to charges of obstruction of justice and for maintaining false official records to conceal the deliberate pollution from one of its ships, the M/V Marguerita, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Nov. 2 announcement stated. Federal prosecutors said the German shipping company violated the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and obstructed justice with its falsified log ... Read More

Distracted Dump Truck Driver Slams into Stopped Traffic

A dash cam video of a dump truck slamming into a line of stopped traffic south of Minneapolis, Minnesota, demonstrates the horrifying consequences of distracted driving. The video, captured by the dash cam of a tractor-trailer traveling in another lane of State Highway 13 in Savage, Minnesota, shows the dump truck cruising along for several seconds, even after the line of stopped traffic comes into view. The dump truck driver fails to brake until less than a second before smashing into the back of an SUV, which plows another SUV into the back of a tractor trailer. In a second, ... Read More

Whistleblower Case Accusing Bayer of Baycol Fraud Moves Forward

A longstanding whistleblower lawsuit alleging Bayer AG cheated the U.S. Department of Defense by fraudulently representing its cholesterol drug Baycol as safe and effective will move forward after previously being dismissed. U.S. District Judge Michael J. Davis in Minnesota, who dismissed the case in 2015, found on Oct. 16 that whistleblower Laurie Simpson had presented sufficient proof that she had direct and original knowledge of the health risks associated with Baycol and Bayer’s downplaying of those risks. The Eighth Circuit sent the whistleblower lawsuit back to Judge Davis after finding on appeal that Ms. Simpson’s allegations satisfied the “who, what, ... Read More

Road construction worker’s death is 13th in Minnesota this year

Last week’s crash on Interstate 94 in Minnesota resulted in the 13th fatality of a road construction worker in the state so far this year – already well above average for Minnesota and the highest number on record since 2007 when 17 workers died on the job, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. This crash, like the others before it, “was preventable,” said Lt. Tiffani Nielson with the Minnesota State Patrol. “It’s frustrating for construction workers who have to be out in all conditions, all types of weather and they have to focus on what they are doing,” ... Read More

3M Chemicals May Be Sickening Thousands in Alabama

Residents of a North Alabama county say they are being poisoned by perfluorinated chemicals 3M dumped into the Tennessee River over the course of several years and claim Alabama’s leaders have turned a blind eye to an environmental disaster affecting their homes and families. In May 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a health advisory warning the public about the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctyl sulfonate (PFOS) in 59 water systems nationwide, including eight in Alabama. PFOA and PFOS were used by 3M in its Decatur, Alabama, plant to make non-stick, stain-resistant, and water-proofing coatings for consumer products. Whatever ... Read More

Asbestos lawsuit blames several manufacturers for lung cancer diagnosis

A Missouri man has filed a lawsuit against several manufacturers alleging that while working with their products from 1961 to the early 1970s, he was exposed to asbestos which he claims contributed to his lung cancer diagnosis. Oscar Oppegard filed his lawsuit Sept. 12, in the St. Louis, Missouri 22nd Judicial Circuit Court, naming Agco Corp., Deere & Co., ITT Corp., and other manufacturers. Oppegard claims that while working in North Dakota and Minnesota he was exposed to asbestos contained in products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the companies. Oppegard was diagnosed with lung cancer in January and soon ... Read More

Distracted driving possible cause of multi-vehicle crash

An initial investigation into the cause of multi-vehicle crash in Burnsville, Minnesota, that started when a dump truck didn’t slow down behind a line of cars stopped at a light, indicates that the driver of the dump truck may have been distracted even though he didn’t appear to be on his phone, a state patrol spokesperson told local media. The crash was captured on another truck driver’s dashcam. It shows normal daytime traffic flowing northbound on State Highway 13 around 9:45 a.m. A line of vehicles in the lane to the right slowed to a stop for a signal at ... Read More