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Dole recalls packaged salad linked to listeria contamination, one death

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Dole Food Co. Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a multi-state recall for packaged salads possibly contaminated with a strain of the listeria monocytogenes (listeriosis) bacteria. The CDC reports one person has died and 12 were hospitalized after eating packaged salads prepared and distributed at Dole’s Springfield, Ohio, facility. According to a CDC news release, the outbreak has affected people in six states. One person from Michigan died as a result of listeriosis, and one of the 12 people hospitalized was pregnant. The CDC reports five people who fell ill reported eating ... Read More

OSHA cites Mississippi Polymers $56K after two serious worker injuries; partial amputation


Mississippi Polymers, flexing films and vinyl-related products manufacturer based in Corinth, Miss., has been fined more than $56K for 11 “serious” safety violations uncovered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA began investigating Mississippi Polymers after a 41-year-old print tender got his hand entangled in a print roller back in September of last year, resulting in a serious injury. Just six days later, a 59-year-old mill operator also got her hand caught in a print roller. Sadly, the worker’s pinky finger was crushed so badly that a portion of it had to be amputated following the incident. Both employees ... Read More

Efforts To Stop Giant Gas Leak Have Raised Risk Of Blowout

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Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) Company’s efforts to stop its out-of-control methane gas leak near Porter Ranch, Calif., appear to have destabilized the well, escalating the risk of a catastrophic blowout, the Los Angeles Times reports. The gas company made its seventh attempt to stop leak on Dec. 22, a process that spanned several days and involved pumping a cement-like slurry directly into the well. The attempt failed to stop or even slow the leak. Instead, it rocked the wellhead, which sits at the center of a crater 25 feet deep, 80 feet long, and 30 feet wide. Engineers stopped the ... Read More

Fresenius fights wrongful death lawsuits involving GranuFlo, NaturaLyte

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Fresenius USA Inc., is trying to shake one of hundreds of lawsuits consolidated in a multidistrict litigation alleging its dialysis concentrates GranuFlo and NaturaLyte can cause patients to suffer fatal cardiopulmonary arrest. The dialysis products and services giant claims a woman’s death occurred after the company warned patients of heart risks with the products. Celia D. Ware filed a failure-to-warn claim in Mississippi after her sister died in January 2014 after undergoing dialysis treatment in which the dialysis concentrates were used. Ware’s lawsuit claims that a dosing error with GranuFlo and NaturaLyte caused too much bicarbonate to build up in ... Read More

Dozens More Hospitals Settle Medicare Fraud Allegations With U.S.

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Thirty-two hospitals located throughout 15 states will pay the U.S. more than $28 million collectively to settle allegations that they routinely overbilled Medicare for minimally invasive kyphoplasty spinal procedures, the Justice Department announced today, adding that it has now reached settlements with more than 130 hospitals totaling approximately $105 million to resolve allegations that they mischarged Medicare the procedure. Kyphoplasty is a procedure performed to treat certain spinal fractures that are caused by osteoporosis in most cases. Usually kyphoplasty can be performed safely and effectively as an outpatient procedure without any need for a more costly inpatient hospital admission. All but ... Read More

Tire Blowout Forces Morgan Freeman’s Airplane Into Emergency Landing

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A tire blowout forced actor Morgan Freeman’s airplane to make an emergency landing shortly after it took from an airport in Clarksdale, Miss., Saturday evening. Neither Mr. Freeman nor his pilots were injured, but the actor indicated his airplane suffered some damage. “Sometimes things don’t go as planned and a tire blew on takeoff, which caused other problems,” Mr. Freeman said in the statement released by his publicist. “But thanks to my excellent pilot Jimmy Hobson we landed safely without a scratch. I cannot say the same about my plane,” Freeman added. He didn’t elaborate about the damage, but reports say ... Read More

Two Weekend Fuel Train Derailments Spill Oil, Chemicals In Wisconsin

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Cleanup crews in Wisconsin continued to remove crude oil and chemicals Tuesday after two separate fuel train derailments over the weekend dumped thousands of gallons of fuel into the environment. On Sunday afternoon, 13 tanker cars of a Canadian Pacific Railway train laden with crude oil jumped the tracks in Watertown, Wis., a community about 50 miles west of Milwaukee. The wreck ripped open one of the tankers, causing it to spill about 1,000 gallons of crude oil and forcing the evacuation of a neighborhood. The displaced residents, from about 35 homes, have been barred from returning to their homes until the cleanup ... Read More

Miss. Man Arrested For Crash That Killed Tractor Trailer Driver

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A Mississippi man suspecting of causing a fatal accident on I-10 in Louisiana by illegally and recklessly passing on the shoulder will be brought back to Louisiana to face criminal charges. Daniel Alex Coy, 25, of Gulfport, Miss., was arrested by Louisiana State Troopers Monday afternoon and returned to St. Tammany Parish, La., where he is charged with negligent homicide, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and felony hit and run. Tractor trailer driver Steven Shawn Clark, 26, of Theodore, Ala., was killed when his truck was forced off the Middle Pearl River bridge just west of the Mississippi-Louisiana border ... Read More

IHOP Parking Lot Sinkhole Swallows Several Vehicles

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Engineers are being sent to Meridian, Miss., to investigate what onlookers described as a giant sinkhole that opened up in the parking lot of a newly opened IHOP (International House of Pancakes) restaurant, swallowing about 15 vehicles. No injuries have been reported in the wake of the incident, which started around 7:15 p.m. Central Time Saturday night. Meridian Police patrol lieutenant Rita Jack told NBC News that about that time, the department “received a call of vehicles going through the pavement at IHOP in Meridian.” Customers eating at IHOP when the collapse occurred reported hearing  a series of loud booms before the restaurant and surrounding ... Read More

Tire Blowout Blamed For Deadly Birmingham Crash

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Authorities investigating a deadly crash in Birmingham, Ala., that claimed the life of a commercial truck driver Thursday afternoon said that a tire blowout in another vehicle set off the chain of events. The crash occurred around 3 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-59 / I-20 West near the Arkadelphia Road exit when the driver of a Ford Explorer lost control of the vehicle and struck the tractor trailer. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the driver of that truck as 56-year-old Charles Ward Miller of Ethelsville, Ala., in Pickens County. Mr. Miller was declared dead at the scene. ... Read More