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NYC crane bosses may go to jail after crane accident kills 2

The owner of two construction crane and rigging companies and a mechanic have been indicted on manslaughter charges after a 200-foot construction crane crashed onto a New York City apartment, killing 2 men and seriously injuring a third. Investigators have found evidence that James Lomma, owner of New York Crane and J.F. Lomma, Inc., and Tibor Varganyi, a former mechanic with the company, chose an obscure Chinese operation they found on the Internet to repair cracks in the turntable of a crane in an effort to save time and money. The accident occurred on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in May ... Read More

NYC sanitation worker killed on duty

A New York City sanitation worker died while on duty in Queens last week after being struck by a milk delivery truck. Forty-one-year-old Frank Justich, who worked for the city’s sanitation department for 11 years, had been removing trash from a street corner in Queens when a tractor-trailer rounded the corner too widely and pinned Justich against his own truck. Paramedics arrived at the scene within seconds and rushed Justich to Mount Sinai Hospital in Queens where he was pronounced dead at 8:15 a.m. Justich leaves behind his wife and two daughters, a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old. Justich, who resided ... Read More

CPSC announces new toy safety standards

To help educate parents about toy safety, Consumer Product Safety CommissionChairman Inez Tenenbaum held a town-hall style meeting in New York City. Discussions centered on new federal safety rules that raise the standards for toys and help protect children from unnecessary harm. As more and more toys are manufactured in China, many parents have become increasingly vigilant for toys that could potentially harm their children. Overseas toy manufacturers frequently set low safety standards for themselves. Worse, they often violate the safety standards established by the U.S. government, prompting the CPSC to issue safety alerts and toy recalls. When toy manufacturers ... Read More

TVA facing lawsuit that seeks to enforce emission reduction

The hits just keep on coming for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). First, a massive spill from its east Tennessee coal-burning site results in a near-$1 billion cleanup, millions in payouts to the county it nearly destroyed, and mounting lawsuits from parties injured by the spill. Now, a Second Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated global warming lawsuits brought by eight states, New York City, and three land trusts against the TVA and other large utility companies, which seek to limit their carbon dioxide emissions, according to The Australian Business. The order overrides a district judge’s 2005 ruling, which dismissed ... Read More

Birmingham hospital leads Alabama in pediatric brain injury care

The University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) and Children’s Hospital will be named as a “Lead Center of Excellence” by the Sarah Jane Brain Project, a national organization devoted to expanding research and awareness of Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury (PTBI), which is the leading cause of death and disability for children 15 years old and younger. PTBI is to blame for 5,000 deaths and about one million hospitalizations every year. Of the pediatric patients hospitalized for PTBI, 17,000 result in permanent disabilities. The Sarah Jane Brain Project is actively building a network of hospitals and research clinics across the country as ... Read More

Obama's pick for FDA commissioner wants to restore trust in agency

President Barack Obama’s top pick for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner, Bioterrorsim expert and former New York City health commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, says that she wants to restore public confidence in the FDA, according to Boston.com. She already has Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s support. “Her expertise is valuable for problems we now face, such as combating food-borne illness, cooperating with other agencies to address the new flu outbreak and drug-resistant diseases, and protecting our food and drug supplies,” Sen. Kennedy said in a statement for the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing. If confirmed, one of Dr. ... Read More

Hamburg hopes to create a culture in FDA where concerns are heard

President Barack Obama’s top pick for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner, Bioterrorsim expert and former New York City health commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, says if confirmed she would “create a culture (at the agency) that would enable all voices to be heard,” according to Thompson, a human resources Web site. The comment was made during a question-and-answer exchange with Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md) during the 1 ½-hour confirmation hearing. Mikulski asked Dr. Hamburg if she would heed concerns made by whistleblowers, such as those made by a group of employees at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health that ... Read More

Hamburg, Sharfstein to head troubled FDA

The Obama administration has named two doctors to head up the much-criticized U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), individuals who are known for speaking out about public safety. Sources say Margaret Hamburg, a physician and former New York City health commissioner, was selected to run the agency with Joshua Sharfstein, of the Baltimore health commission, as her chief deputy, according to The Washington Post. Sharfstein made headlines in 2007 when he convinced the FDA to restrict the use of over-the-counter children’s cough and cold medicines based on evidence they can cause serious health complications and even death in children. If ... Read More

Jury awards $3.5 million to man injured by NYC subway

A Manhattan jury awarded a 25-year-old man $3,594,943 for serious injuries he received when he was struck by a New York subway train. The verdict came on February 9 and was announced on Tuesday. The case raises interesting issues of negligence and liability because of the man’s intoxicated state at the time of the incident and the train operator’s failure to take the mandatory course of action in the circumstance. The incident occurred just before 2 a.m. at the 14th and Union Square subway station when the victim fell onto the subway tracks. He could not clear the tracks before ... Read More

Ob/Gyn Group Urges Pregnant Women to Shun Paxil

A group representing America’s obstetricians is recommending that women avoid the antidepressant Paxil if they are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, due to a potential heightened risk for birth defects. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) also cautioned that treatment with other antidepressants should be considered on a case-by-case basis. ACOG’s Committee on Obstetric Practice “recommends that treatment with all SSRIs [selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors] or selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors or both during pregnancy be individualized and paroxetine [Paxil] use among pregnant women or women planning to become pregnant be avoided, if possible,” read the statement, which ... Read More