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Trench Excavation Deaths More Than Doubled In 2016

In June, 33-year-old James Rogers  was crushed to death as he was digging in a 12-foot trench in Washington Township, Ohio, after the trench walls caved in and buried him under tons of dirt. His death was a part of an “alarming and unacceptable” trend in trench deaths, which have more than doubled since last year, federal regulators say. It took hours for rescue workers to recover Mr. Rogers’ body. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) probed the circumstances surrounding Mr. Rogers’ death and that investigation revealed some disturbing evidence that his employer, KRW Plumbing LLC, showed little regard ... Read More

OSHA Finds Unchecked Amputation Hazards In Ohio Bakery

An Ohio commercial bakery faces nearly $147,000 in penalties for exposing workers to repeated safety violations that resulted in one employee suffering a partial amputation of his arm in May. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed that Klosterman Baking Co. of Cincinnati pay $146,979 for three safety violations inspectors found at its St. Bernard, Ohio, facility. OSHA said it sent inspectors to the Klosterman plant on July 7, five weeks after a 28-year-old maintenance worker lost half of his right arm just below the elbow in an improperly guarded bread-wrapping machine, only to find another worker exposed to ... Read More

Hyundai Supplier To Reinstate, Compensate Whistleblower Who Raised Safety Concerns

A Selma, Ala., plant that manufactures seats for Hyundai vehicles has agreed to drop its lawsuit against a former employee, reinstate her, and compensate other workers suspended during a dispute over health and safety conditions in the plant. The U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday that it reached a deal with the Renosol Seating, a unit of Lear Corp., and filed a joint motion asking the court to drop the Labor Department’s federal lawsuit against the manufacturer and three of its managers. Federal authorities alleged that the company retaliated against plant employees who complained that chemicals used in the production process ... Read More

NTSB Preparing To Report On Deadly Maryland Apartment Explosion

Federal investigators are expected to release a preliminary report any day that could cast some light on what triggered a massive natural gas explosion that destroyed a Maryland apartment building, killing seven people and injuring dozens more. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) plans to issue its first report sometime within the next 14 business days.  The report will detail the probable cause of the deadly blast at the Flower Branch apartment complex in Silver Spring, an NTSB official told the Montgomery (Maryland) County Council Tuesday. The NTSB, an investigative agency typically associated with probes of significant surface transportation and ... Read More

Alabama ‘Pill Mill’ Doctor Pleads Guilty To Illegal Prescribing, Health Care Fraud

A former Huntsville, Ala., physician who was the highest Medicare prescriber of opioid painkillers at the height of his practice in 2012, has pleaded guilty to criminal charges of illegally prescribing controlled substances and for health care fraud involving $9.5 million in unneeded and unused urine tests, which he billed to Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) for Alabama, which tracks the dispensing of prescription drugs and other controlled substances, and Medicare data revealed that Dr. Shelinder Aggarwal, 48, wrote more prescriptions for oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydromorphone, morphine, and other highly addictive opioid ... Read More

Law firm will try ‘case after case’ to get justice in talcum powder litigation

On May 4, Jere Beasley asked Johnson and Johnson to put an end to the ongoing talcum powder litigation and to remove its talcum powder products from store shelves, or at least warn women about the danger of ovarian cancer linked to talc use for feminine hygiene. But the company has not responded to his letter except to publicly stand behind its products and to say that it plans to appeal the two previous decisions. In an interview with the Montgomery Advertiser, Beasley, who is Principal & Founder of the Montgomery-based law firm that was co-counsel for the plaintiffs in the two talcum powder ... Read More

Mining company Rio Tinto named in talc lawsuits

UK and Australian-based mining company Rio Tinto Minerals, one of the world’s largest mining companies producing everything from diamonds to salt, has been named as a defendant in lawsuits filed in the United States alleging the link between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer. Rio Tino is named alongside Johnson and Johnson and former Rio Tinto subsidiary Luzenac America. The Luzenac Group is currently the world’s largest talc producer with mines in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. “Rio Tinto Minerals and its then wholly owned talc subsidiary Luzenac America mined the ‘talc at issue in this case’ which was ... Read More

Documents released at trials linking talcum powder to ovarian cancer trigger thousands of consumer responses

Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women and the most deadly cancer of the female reproductive system. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2016 about 22,280 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer and about 14,240 women will die from the disease. There is about a one in 75 chance that a woman will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime. However, studies have found that women who use talc-containing products on their genitals have a one in 50 chance of developing the disease. This year, in two high-profile trials, Johnson and Johnson ... Read More

Investigators Confirm Natural Gas Sparked Deadly Maryland Apartment Blast

Federal investigators confirmed Friday that a natural gas leak caused a deadly explosion and fire that leveled two apartment buildings in Silver Spring, Md., killing seven people and injuring 30 others, including three firefighters. The explosion occurred around 11:50 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Flower Branch Apartments, where weeks before one resident had called 911 to complain of strong natural gas odors in the area. Several other residents of the complex told the press that there was a persistent smell of gas for weeks. Some 300 investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms ... Read More

Children affected by food poisoning At Daycare To Share $1 Million Settlement

MONTGOMERY, ALA. — The parents of dozens of children who were sickened in a food poisoning outbreak last summer have reached a $1 million settlement with a daycare center that served contaminated food. The parents of nearly 100 children sued Sunnyside Child Care Center after their kids became ill with Staphylococcus infections in June 2015. Thirty of the 86 children sickened with dehydration, vomiting, and diarrhea required hospitalization. All of the children were younger than 10. The school’s insurance policy capped liability at $1 million. Under the settlement, 62 children will share $985,000, the amount left after parents of a ... Read More