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Two Workers Suffer Burns, Electrocution in Omaha Construction Accident

Two construction workers suffered serious burn injuries and other trauma at a construction site near downtown Omaha, Nebraska, when the bucket lift they were in made contact with power lines. Omaha’s WOWT 6 News said a police report on the March 11 accident listed the men as employees of Ronco Construction, an Omaha-based company that carries out construction projects throughout the Midwest. A witness told investigators at the scene that the boom truck made contact with a power line as the men were in the raised bucket. One of the men was ejected from the bucket and fell four stories ... Read More

Asphalt company fined after worker death in slat/drag conveyor

Western Engineering Company Inc., was fined $89,032 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), following an investigation into the death of an employee. The accident occurred Nov. 7, 2018, when employee Andrew Martinez, 28, was pulled into an unguarded slat/drag conveyor at the company’s North Platte, Nebraska asphalt plant. He was found dead and pinned inside the machine. Western Engineering Company was slapped with seven serious violations of machine guarding, lockout/tagout and permit-required confined space standards, including failing to develop a confined space entry program; issue safety permits; test atmospheric conditions; and provide air testing ... Read More

OSHA Addresses Nebraska’s Alarming Workplace Amputation Trend

Work-related amputation injuries are on the rise in Nebraska workplaces, and so is the number of employers failing to report these debilitating accidents as required by federal law, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said in a recent advisory. An OSHA review of Nebraska workers’ compensation claims found 42 employees suffered amputation injuries statewide in 2018, and employers failed to report more than 65 percent of those injuries to OSHA within 24 hours, as workplace rules and regulations stipulate, the agency said. Farming, meat processing, and other agricultural industries are the cornerstone of Nebraska’s economy, and worker exposures ... Read More

Father sues plane engine maker for son’s wrongful death

The father of a pilot killed during takeoff from Millard Airport in Omaha, Nebraska, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturers of the airplane’s engine, alleging the engines were rife with problems and had “a history of failures,” that caused his son’s death. The lawsuit was filed against Continental Motors and other defendants by Michael S. Trubilla on behalf of his 27-year-old son, also named Michael, an Air Force captain stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue. The deceased was flying a Baron Beechcraft 95-B55, owned by the LeMay Aero Club, with flight instructor Ron Panting, 61, ... Read More

Railcar cleaning company, owners, charged after deadly explosion

Nebraska Railcar Cleaning Services (NRCS) and its two owners were hit with a 22-count indictment by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) including charges such as conspiracy, violating worker safety standards, and violating federal law that governs hazardous waste management, following a 2015 explosion that killed two workers. According to the indictment, during an inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), investigators found that NRCS president Stephen Michael Braithwaite and vice president Adam Thomas Braithwaite tried to cover up their failure to implement worker safety standards prior to the accident. They also mishandled hazardous wastes removed from rail ... Read More

Gavilon Grain Faces Sharp Penalties After Grain Engulfment Deaths

An Omaha, Nebraska-based grain company faces more than half a million dollars in penalties after two workers perished in a grain engulfment accident. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it assessed penalties of more than $507,000 against Gavilon Grain LLC for safety failures that led to the grain engulfment deaths of two workers in Wichita, Kansas, last January. Joshua Rasbold, 28, and Marcus Tice, 32, were working in a Gavilon soybean storage elevator when they fell into the grain and were buried under 25 feet of dried soybeans. It took rescuers two hours to pull the bodies ... Read More

Fentanyl used in death row inmate execution in Nebraska

The state of Nebraska not only carried out its first execution in 21 years, it also was the first death sentence in the country to be carried out using the potent opioid fentanyl. Fentanyl is a deadly synthetic opioid and the most common drug involved in fatal overdoses in the United States, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and is typically used to treat severe pain after surgery and chronic pain in patients who are physically tolerant to other opioids. Fentanyl misuse and abuse is a ... Read More

Del Monte Vegetable Trays Linked to Second Midwest Cyclospora Outbreak

Del Monte vegetable trays have been linked to one of two separate outbreaks of cyclospora parasite in the Midwestern U.S., public health officials warn. Combined, the cyclospora outbreaks have sickened at least 400 people in every Midwest state along with Montana, Kentucky, and West Virginia. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 237 cases of cyclosporiasis in people who ate vegetables from Del Monte Fresh vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, and dill dip. Reports of illnesses linked to cyclospora-contaminated Del Monte vegetable trays came from Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Of the people sickened after ... Read More

McDonald’s Salads Linked to Intestinal Parasite Across the Midwest

McDonald’s has stopped selling salads at thousands of its Midwestern locations after dozens of people fell ill with cyclosporiasis, an illness caused by the intestinal parasite cyclospora. As of Sunday, July 15, public health officials in Illinois have confirmed 90 cases of cylclosporiasis in patients who had eaten at McDonald’s in the previous days, while officials in Iowa reported 15 cases. Health officials in Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, and South Dakota are also reporting cyclosporiasis illnesses that they believe stem from McDonald’s salads. According to USA Today, each of the states has two cases, except for Missouri, which has seven, and ... Read More

Nebraska man sues company after on-the-job ATV accident

A Lincoln, Nebraska man who endured 148 surgeries and the eventual amputation of his right leg is suing the city and a staffing agency for more than $2.5 million claiming their negligence caused his injuries. Charlie Johnson claims he was working at the Lincoln Solid Waste Landfill for JJ Westhoff Construction Co., through LaborMAX Staffing in July 2016, when he was thrown from an ATV driven by an employee of the construction company. Johnson was a passenger on a 2014 Polaris 4X4 all-terrain vehicle when it rolled on its side, tossing Johnson and crushing his leg. In a lawsuit filed ... Read More