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Radio station pulls classic holiday song out of respect for #MeToo movement

Out of respect for the #MeToo movement and in response to listeners’ concerns, a Cleveland, Ohio, radio station will not play “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” this holiday season. The 1940s-eara song playfully recounts an exchange between a woman singing that she has to leave a man’s house (“I really can’t stay”) while he tries to persuade her not to go (“but baby it’s cold outside.”) At one point during the exchange the woman sings, “say, what’s in this drink?” While the man asks, “Can I move in closer,” and tells her, “Gosh your lips look delicious,” among other suggestive comments. ... Read More

Overdose victim’s father hopes to curb lethal opioid epidemic

The father of a teenager who died from an opioid overdose in 2011 has made it his life’s mission to educate students of the overwhelming power of opioid addiction in hopes of preventing more deaths like the one that killed his son. “Guess what’s coming your way,” he told a group of Ohio’s South Greene High School students. “This epidemic.” Prescription opioids, illegal heroin, and synthetic fentanyl kill more than 115 people in the United States every day, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Wayne Campbell’s son Tyler was one of them. Tyler was prescribed opioids to treat ... Read More

Ohio ruling opens doors for decades-old CTE cases

The Ohio Supreme Court allowed a CTE lawsuit brought by a now-deceased Notre Dame football player to move forward, clearing a major statute of limitations hurdle. The ruling opens the door for former football players suffering from long-term brain injuries discovered years after their playing days to overcome initial statute of limitation defenses. The case was filed in 2014 by former Notre Dame football player Steven Schmitz and his wife against Notre Dame and the NCAA. Schmitz had played for the university from 1974 to 1978 and died in 2015. The lawsuit accuses the NCAA of failing to warn players ... Read More

Window Blinds Injure Two Children Every Day in the U.S.

Window blinds injure two children every day and kill one child each month on average in the U.S., according to an epidemiologic study published in the journal Pediatrics. From 1990 to 2015, nearly 17,000 children younger than 6 years old were treated in U.S emergency rooms for window blind-related injuries. A little less than half the injuries involved being struck by a window blind, such as being hit by a falling blind. Just 12 percent of the injuries involved entanglements, mostly with the cords on the blinds, but these injuries accounted for most of the hospitalizations and deaths, researchers found. Data ... Read More

Aluminum extractor managers indicted for obstructing justice in worker death investigation

Two Extrudex Aluminum Inc., managers were indicted by a federal grand jury in the Northern District of Ohio for obstructing justice during a U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation into the death of one worker and the serious injury of another. OHSA was investigating an incident in 2012 during which an employee died when a rack containing hot aluminum parts tipped over and pinned him down. A second employee was severely burned in the incident. OSHA investigated and cited Extrudex Aluminum for exposing workers to struck-by, pinned-under, and burn hazards, and for failing to provide ... Read More

NTSB: Columbia Gas’ Faulty Work Orders Led To Gas Pipeline Explosions

Faulty work orders Columbia Gas of Massachusetts issued to crews upgrading natural gas mains led to a series of explosions and fires that caused widespread property damages across three northern Massachusetts towns, killing one person and injuring 21 others, federal investigators found. In its preliminary report on the Sept. 13 gas explosions, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that work crews were taking a century-old cast-iron gas main out of service and replacing it with a new plastic main. However, Columbia Gas failed to instruct workers to deactivate pressure sensors. The sensors, detecting low pressure in the pipes, automatically ... Read More

Safety Group Presses Hyundai, Kia To Recall Vehicles For Fire Hazard

A mounting number of complaints about fires breaking out in certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles and SUVs has prompted the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety to demand the Korean carmakers recall nearly 3 million vehicles. In an Oct. 12 announcement, CAS said it and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have received more than 220 consumer complaints of non-collision fires in Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The CAS says that Hyundai and Kia to need to recall 2.9 million defective vehicles to fix the fire hazards, including the 2011-2014 Kia Sorento, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata, and Hyundai Santa Fe, and ... Read More

Cedar Point Amusement Park Fined After Worker Falls Through Roof

Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio, faces penalties of more than $142,000 for safety violations that federal investigators said contributed to the serious injury of a park employee. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the injury occurred on April 11 when a three-person crew was working on top of a structure to remove insulating blankets and covers from the roof. One of the employees crashed through a skylight on the roof and fell 13 feet to the concrete floor below. OSHA didn’t say what the nature of the worker’s injuries was but described them as ... Read More

Motion suggests pharmacy benefit managers adopt opioid guidelines

The top pharmacy benefit management (PBM) companies, like CVS Caremark, Express Scripts Inc., and OptumRx Inc., should be required to follow opioid prescribing guidelines consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in light of the opioid epidemic, according to a new motion in the growing opioid multidistrict litigation (MDL). The motion for preliminary injunction came out of two MDL cases – one filed by union benefit plans for Ohio residents, and another filed by Webb County, Texas. PBMs have, for the most part, flown under the radar in the opioid MDL, until now. The opioid MDL consolidated ... Read More

Amputation Leads To Heavy Fines For Ohio Pallet Manufacturer

A worker’s accidental finger amputation on the job has prompted federal officials to fine an Ohio pallet manufacturer nearly $200,000 for serious safety violations that contributed to the accident. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Buckeye Diamond Logistics Inc. which operates as BDL Supply, will have to pay fines of $191,794 or contest the proposed fines within 15 business days of receiving notice of the penalties. OSHA said the injured employee suffered a finger amputation while working with an electrical pallet stack machine, but didn’t offer details about how the accident occurred other than to say the ... Read More