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Oklahoma School Bus Crash Kills 3 People, Including Middle School Girl

Oklahoma authorities investigating a school bus crash that killed a middle school student and two others Saturday night say the crash may have been caused by a drunk driver. The fatal crash occurred near the town of Bowlegs in central Oklahoma when an SUV tried to pass the school bus on Highway 377. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane of the two-lane highway and entered the southbound lane to pass another vehicle. The school bus, traveling in the southbound lane, swerved into the northbound lane to avoid the SUV. At the same ... Read More

Whistleblower Suit Ends in $21 Million Recovery from Ambulance Kickback Schemers

A sprawling whistleblower lawsuit implicating an ambulance company, its affiliated companies, and several municipal clients in an illegal kickback scheme has been settled, federal prosecutors announced. East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System and East Texas Medical Center Regional Health Services (“the ETMC defendants”) their affiliated ambulance company, Paramedics Plus, and other defendants agreed to pay the U.S. more than $21 million to resolve the allegations, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The government’s case against the ambulance industry defendants stems from a complaint filed by Dr. Stephen Dean under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. The ... Read More

OSHA Fines Patterson-UTI for Deadly Oklahoma Gas Rig Explosion

Safety failures triggered a massive explosion at a Patterson-UTI drilling site in eastern Oklahoma earlier this year, causing five workers to die of severe burns and blast injuries. Now federal regulators have assessed penalties of more than $118,000 for UTI-Patterson and two other companies involved with the drilling site. The explosion and subsequent fire occurred Jan. 22 on a Patterson-UTI drilling rig near Quinton, Oklahoma. It was the largest and deadliest drilling blast to occur since BP’s Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. The remains of the five workers who died in the explosion were ... Read More

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak sickens 100

Boxes of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal tainted with Salmonella are still being sold in some stores despite being recalled last month by the company, increasing the number of people who have fallen ill after eating the sweetened puffed wheat cereal to 100 in 33 states, 30 of whom have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported to date. Kellogg Company agreed to recall affected boxes of Honey Smacks in June after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state partners. The products had been distributed across the United States including Guam ... Read More

Second crop duster crash in OK reported in less than a month

A man died when the crop duster he was flying struck a radio tower, sending his aircraft into a field just north of Enid. State and federal agencies are investigating the crash, which is eerily similar to another crop dusting accident that occurred in the area just last month. Rodney Sherry, 52, was working for Deterding Aerial Spray based in Pond Creek, Oklahoma. The plane he was flying was owned by Jim Deterding. In late May, Deterding’s brother Andrew Deterding was killed when the crop duster he was piloting for another company struck a radio tower. The radio tower that ... Read More

73 people infected with Salmonella after eating Honey Smacks cereal

At least 73 people in 31 states have fallen ill from Salmonella infections and health authorities say the likely culprit is Kellogg’s Honey Smacks sweetened puffed wheat cereal. As a result, the Kellogg Company has recalled the cereal, which was distributed throughout the United States as well as Guam and Saipan, and internationally in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean and Tahiti. Consumers are urged not to eat any of the recalled Honey Smacks cereal. Affected products include Honey Smacks 15.3 oz boxes with the BEST if Used By Date listed as JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019, and ... Read More

Helicopter Crash Near New Orleans Kills One, Injures Two Others

A man who survived a helicopter crash that killed one man and injured another near New Orleans May 20 reportedly told a witness that the aircraft’s landing gear became entangled in power lines. Witness Val Harmon told The Times-Picayune that he and some friends suspected a helicopter went down in a swampy area nearby when they heard crackling and popping sounds and noticed the aircraft that had been in the air nearby was nowhere to be seen. Mr. Harmon and two friends hopped on an ATV and drove out into the marshland near Boutte, Louisiana, part of St. Charles Parish. ... Read More

Dräger Medical recalls anesthesia machines

Dräger Medical is recalling its Fabius Anesthesia machines because they may have excessive oil that was not removed during production of the machines. This oil may interfere with the position detector of the ventilation motor during operation and cause the ventilation to fail, which can lead to serious patient injury or death. The recall affects several lots of Fabius Anesthesia machines including Fabius GS Premium, Fabius Tiro, Fabius Tiro M, and Fabius MRI. A total of 62 machines are being recalled from the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, ... Read More

Worker Safety Group Names 12 Most Unsafe Employers

A national worker safety watchdog group has announced its annual list naming the companies it says put workers and communities in danger with their unsafe workplace practices. The list, compiled by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) in observance of Workers’ Memorial Week, names 12 employers that the group calls “The Dirty Dozen” for exposing their workers to injury, illness, and death. “It’s heartbreaking to see workers lose their lives when we know these tragedies could have been prevented,” said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of National COSH. “Time and again, employers are warned about unsafe conditions. ... Read More

Rogue Trucking Company Transported Explosives Without Qualifications, Compliance

Federal authorities have shut down a Tennessee trucking company after an unannounced roadside inspection found a truck haphazardly packed with unsecured explosives and multiple other violations that constituted an “imminent hazard to public safety.” On March 23, 2018, a truck operated by RC Stone & Farms of Crossville, Tennessee, was pulled over on Highway 28 in Sequatchie County and inspected by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. A Bomb with Wheels Among the cargo that THP authorities found piled dangerously in the bed of the pickup truck were numerous Class 1 explosives, including ammonium nitrate-fuel oil mixture, electric detonators, blasting caps, and detonating ... Read More