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Paradigm Spine Settles Whistleblower Allegations of Pushing Medical Device For Unapproved Purposes

Paradigm Spine, a New York City-based medical device manufacturer, will pay the United States government $585,000 to resolve allegations contained in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former Paradigm sales representative under the False Claims Act. The settlement brings to rest claims made by Chris Coyle, who sued his former employer on behalf of the federal government, accusing Paradigm of marketing a spinal implant called the coflex-F for unapproved surgical uses. Mr. Coyle’s complaint, which the U.S. government supported, alleged Paradigm unlawfully marketed the coflex-F device from 2012 to 2015. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves class II ... Read More

N.Y. Rail Car Plant Employees Exposed To Dangerous Toxin Levels, OSHA Finds

Workers at an Upstate New York railway manufacturing and repair facility have been exposed to impermissible and dangerous levels of cancer-causing substances, including cadmium, lead, nickel, and silica, federal safety regulators warned. New York City-based Alstom Transportation Inc., a subsidiary of Alstom SA of France, was hit with 17 serious violations after Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials investigated the company’s Hornell, N.Y., facilities in response to a worker complaint. The company develops and manufactures railway equipment and systems and operates the largest passenger rail manufacturing facility in North America. Alstom makes more than 8,000 new or refurbished rail ... Read More

Amtrak Pushes To Settle With Victims of 2015 Philly Derailment

Amtrak has started paying some of the claims filed by passengers of Train 188, which derailed and crashed in Philadelphia last May, killing eight and injuring more than 200 others. So far, the rail company has spent $4.5 million on medical expenses for the injured passengers and crew and has settled 19 complaints, all of which were for damages totaling less than $50,000. The company continues to face about 100 additional personal-injury and wrongful-death claims in connection with the May 2 derailment. Some of the plaintiffs’ lawyers involved in the Amtrak litigation believe the rail company will make a solid ... Read More

Herbal supplement manufacturer shut down over arsenic found in products

Qinghai Spring Medical Resources Technology Co., a China-based manufacturer of herbal supplements containing prized caterpillar fungus used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat everything from cancer to erectile dysfunction, was ordered to cease sales and recall its products after food and drug regulators found the products contained four to seven times more arsenic than allowed by law. Food and drug safety standards allow only one milligram of arsenic per kilogram, but the levels found in Qinghai Spring’s caterpillar fungus was as much as 10 times as high. Consuming products with arsenic over a long period of time could lead to ... Read More

NYCHA Worker Electrocuted To Death Hours After Agency Announces Safety Reforms

An elevator mechanic working in a Brooklyn public housing project was electrocuted to death hours after the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) announced it would take sweeping efforts to improve elevator safety after one resident was killed and another seriously injured in previous months. Igor Begun, 54, was found lying unconscious on the roof of the Coney Island Houses development Friday morning by another worker. Officials said Mr. Begun died at the scene of an apparent electrocution. Earlier Friday, the NYCHA announced it was relieving the head of the agency’s elevator division of his duties as part of a ... Read More

GM Settles Third Ignition Switch Bellwether Case Ahead of Trial

General Motors (GM) has settled the third of six lawsuits picked to be tried as bellwether cases for deaths and injuries stemming from its defective ignition switches, which put millions of its vehicles at risk of suddenly losing power and crashing without airbag protection. GM’s lawyers filed a letter in federal court in Manhattan Thursday saying it had entered into a confidential settlement with plaintiff Nadia Yingling, who sued the automaker in 2013 after her husband James was killed when his 2006 Saturn Ion lost power and crashed on a Pennsylvania highway. Ms. Yingling’s case had been set to go ... Read More

Another Philadelphia Amtrak Crash Kills Two, Injures Dozens

Federal safety investigators were dispatched to the Philadelphia area Sunday to investigate the crash of an Amtrak train that killed two railroad employees when it collided with a backhoe on the tracks in Chester, Penn. Amtrak’s Train 89 traveling from New York City to Savannah, Ga., partially derailed when it hit the backhoe shortly before 8 a.m. just south of the Philadelphia international Airport. In addition to the two worker deaths, the impact sent more than 30 passengers to local hospitals. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FAA) will head the investigation. It remains unclear ... Read More

Alabama Bus Company, Three Other Carriers Shut Down In National Safety Sweep

Federal authorities revoked the operating licenses of a Homewood, Ala.-based passenger bus company and three other commercial carriers in a multi-state strike force sweep, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said Monday. The agency said that each of the four bus companies willfully failed to comply with federal safety regulations by intentionally providing authorities with a misleading or false physical address as its principal place of business, which in the commercial transportation industry often means the companies are hiding from past offenses. Federal safety regulations mandate that every registered motor carrier provide a physical address where the principal place ... Read More

Two Workers Killed By Falling 5-Ton Generator At NJ Construction Site

A second man died last week from crushing injuries he sustained when a 10,000-pound generator that was being hoisted by a crane fell onto workers at a Hanover, N.J., construction site. The deadly accident occurred last Thursday morning, Feb. 18, while construction for a new Hanover firehouse was underway. Hanover, N.J., is about 25 miles west of New York City. The generator was being lifted by a crane when a strap securing the load broke and fell onto two workers. One of the two workers killed, a man in his 20s and the son-in-law of the crane operator, was pronounced dead at the ... Read More

New Safety Rules Take effect Following Deadly NYC Crane Collapse

New York City officials tightened safety rules governing the safe operation of crawler cranes after a 565-foot crane fell and crashed onto a lower Manhattan Street Feb. 5, killing one person, injuring several others, and smashing several vehicles. The changes, which took effect Feb. 8, are considered temporary but will remain in place until a more thorough analysis of the NYC crane collapse has been completed. Currently, cranes in New York City may continue to operate until winds reach 30 mph or gusts increase to 40 mph. The new rules require that crawler cranes stop operating and go into safety ... Read More