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Investigation to seek answers into construction worker’s death

Questions are circulating after a construction worker – on the job with two of his sons – was crushed to death by falling debris on a Brooklyn, New York job site. “I saw that he was dying,” said Pierre Paredes, the son of the deceased, Over Paredes, 44. “This could have been avoided.” Pierre Paredes and his brother were working with their father at a Brooklyn job site the day before Thanksgiving. According to an investigation by the Department of Buildings, Over Paredes was on the roof of the building when a wall panel carried by a fork lift tipped ... Read More

Bus carrying youth football team crashes, killing one child

One child is dead and 45 other people are injured after a charter bus carrying a Memphis, Tennessee youth football team from a championship game in Dallas crashed in Central Arkansas early Monday morning. The bus was carrying a football team of 8- to 10-year-olds as well as a group of chaperones. The driver of the bus told Arkansas state police that she lost control of the vehicle, causing  it to roll off Interstate 30, killing Kameron Johnson, 9. The dozens who were injured were mostly children and were taken to hospitals in Little Rock and Benton, Arkansas. The bus ... Read More

NY Helicopter Crash Kills Two Workers, Injures Two

Federal investigators are looking into a helicopter crash that killed two utility workers and injured two others in upstate New York last week during a routine inspection. The helicopter crash occurred Tuesday, Oct. 27 in Beekmantown, New York, just a few miles south of the Canadian border while a crew working for Northline Utilities was conducting an aerial inspection of power lines in the area. According to CBS News, the Aerospatiale AS355F2 helicopter became caught in some power lines about 40 feet above the ground, triggering electrical shorts and explosions. All four men jumped from the burning helicopter, plunging about ... Read More

Google employees stage walkout to protest handling of sexual misconduct of top execs

Google employees from around the world are staging walkouts to protest the company’s handling of sexual misconduct claims against senior executives. The protest occurred Nov. 1 at locations around the globe including Singapore, Tokyo, London and Dublin. The walkouts were organized following a New York Times report about sexual assault claims involving the company’s creator of Android mobile software, Andy Rubin. According to the report, Google chief Larry Page sang Rubin’s praise when Rubin left the company in 2014 with a $90 million package paid in installments of about $2 million a month over four years. What Google didn’t disclose ... Read More

Whistleblowers Say United Airlines Retaliated For Calling Out Listeria Problems

United Airlines systematically failed to fix food safety problems at its Newark Liberty International Airport facilities, exposing passengers to dangerous Listeria contamination, three former high-level United food-service managers claim in separate lawsuits. The whistleblowers also claim that efforts to warn United about food-safety violations and their refusal to participate in unlawful practices resulted in retaliation. United Airlines’ Newark catering operation – the largest of its five in-house food service operations – supplies 45,000 meals a day for domestic and foreign flights. The lawsuits were filed by Eliot Mosby, General Manager of United Airlines’ Newark Catering facility; Marcia Lee, former Senior ... Read More

Duck Boat Operators Trying to Ward off Lawsuits with 1800s Law

The two companies defending themselves in litigation over the tragic duck boat accident in Branson, Missouri, that killed 17 people in July invoked a maritime law from the 1800s in their argument that they owe no money to victims’ families. The duck boat operators, Ripley Entertainment and Branson Duck Vehicles, filed a lawsuit in federal court on Monday seeking to use the Limitation of Liability Act of 1851 as a shield against more than two dozen lawsuits. The lawsuits were filed by family members of the 17 people aboard the duck boat that sank July 19. There were 31 people ... Read More

Workplace Sexual Harassment Triggers Google Employees’ Protest

On Thursday, Google employees from around the world walked off the job briefly to protest the company’s alleged mishandling of sexual misconduct claims against some of its executives. The walkout was the latest protest by employees expressing frustration over the treatment of women in the workplace, specifically sexual harassment, and efforts to cover up rather than address bad behavior. Approximately 1,000 Google workers protested in San Francisco and thousands more showed up at Google’s Mountain View, California, headquarters, according to the Associated Press. Protests were also held in Tokyo, Singapore, London, New York and Seattle as engineers and other workers ... Read More

Former Google executive Rubin had been accused of sexual misconduct

Andy Rubin, creator of Android mobile software, left Google in 2014 with praise from Google’s chief, Larry Page, and a $90 million package paid in installments of around $2 million a month over four years, according to the New York Times. What Google didn’t disclose is that Rubin was booted out of the company for sexual misconduct, and that the company was not legally obligated to give him a dime. A woman who had been having an extramarital affair with Rubin claimed that Rubin lured her into his hotel room in 2013 and made her perform oral sex. The company ... Read More

#MeToo movement prompts tamer holiday office parties

The #MeToo movement has put employers on notice that inappropriate behavior will no longer be tolerated or ignored in the workplace. At this time of year, especially when it comes to holiday parties. In response, office parties are getting revamped to prevent or reduce the risk of sexual harassment. “The company party is a way to celebrate the accomplishments of their workers. It should boost morale and let workers know they are valued,” Andrew Challenger, vice president of career consultancy Challenger Gray & Christmas, told Crain’s New York Business. “It should not put anyone in an uncomfortable situation.” There are ... Read More

Smokers, workers exposed to asbestos from Kent-brand cigarettes

In the 1950s, the Lorillard Tobacco Co., advertised in the former New York Daily News that its Kent-brand cigarettes were the safest smokes in town with an exclusive micronite filter that removed seven times more nicotine and tars than any other leading cigarette filter. The filters were so pure they were ideal for sensitive smokers, the company claimed. The company even encouraged consumers to try them for a week or two to give them “time enough to allow your taste to adjust to so much less irritants in the smoke.” What the company didn’t tell consumers is that its exclusive ... Read More