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Two Workers Suffer Burns, Electrocution in Omaha Construction Accident

Two construction workers suffered serious burn injuries and other trauma at a construction site near downtown Omaha, Nebraska, when the bucket lift they were in made contact with power lines. Omaha’s WOWT 6 News said a police report on the March 11 accident listed the men as employees of Ronco Construction, an Omaha-based company that carries out construction projects throughout the Midwest. A witness told investigators at the scene that the boom truck made contact with a power line as the men were in the raised bucket. One of the men was ejected from the bucket and fell four stories ... Read More

Asphalt company fined after worker death in slat/drag conveyor

Western Engineering Company Inc., was fined $89,032 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), following an investigation into the death of an employee. The accident occurred Nov. 7, 2018, when employee Andrew Martinez, 28, was pulled into an unguarded slat/drag conveyor at the company’s North Platte, Nebraska asphalt plant. He was found dead and pinned inside the machine. Western Engineering Company was slapped with seven serious violations of machine guarding, lockout/tagout and permit-required confined space standards, including failing to develop a confined space entry program; issue safety permits; test atmospheric conditions; and provide air testing ... Read More

Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter Cereal Recalled for Salmonella Risk

Eating Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch cereal could make you sick due to the potential presence of Salmonella bacteria, U.S. officials warn. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch cereal after a routine sampling by the manufacturer, the Quaker Oats Company, detected the presence of Salmonella in some of the finished products. The good news is that the potential Salmonella contamination appears to be limited to a small batch of Cap’n Crunch cereal distributed to five Target stores in the Midwest. According to the FDA, the recall covers 21 outstanding boxes ... Read More

Father sues plane engine maker for son’s wrongful death

The father of a pilot killed during takeoff from Millard Airport in Omaha, Nebraska, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturers of the airplane’s engine, alleging the engines were rife with problems and had “a history of failures,” that caused his son’s death. The lawsuit was filed against Continental Motors and other defendants by Michael S. Trubilla on behalf of his 27-year-old son, also named Michael, an Air Force captain stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue. The deceased was flying a Baron Beechcraft 95-B55, owned by the LeMay Aero Club, with flight instructor Ron Panting, 61, ... Read More

Gavilon Grain Faces Sharp Penalties After Grain Engulfment Deaths

An Omaha, Nebraska-based grain company faces more than half a million dollars in penalties after two workers perished in a grain engulfment accident. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it assessed penalties of more than $507,000 against Gavilon Grain LLC for safety failures that led to the grain engulfment deaths of two workers in Wichita, Kansas, last January. Joshua Rasbold, 28, and Marcus Tice, 32, were working in a Gavilon soybean storage elevator when they fell into the grain and were buried under 25 feet of dried soybeans. It took rescuers two hours to pull the bodies ... Read More

Fentanyl used in death row inmate execution in Nebraska

The state of Nebraska not only carried out its first execution in 21 years, it also was the first death sentence in the country to be carried out using the potent opioid fentanyl. Fentanyl is a deadly synthetic opioid and the most common drug involved in fatal overdoses in the United States, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and is typically used to treat severe pain after surgery and chronic pain in patients who are physically tolerant to other opioids. Fentanyl misuse and abuse is a ... Read More

Nebraska Egg Processing Plant Cited by OSHA after employee death

Michael Foods Inc., and egg processing plant located in Wakefield, Nebraska, was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for multiple workplace safety violations after an employee was tragically killed after being struck by a dock leveler. A dock leveler is used to allow forklifts and other heavy equipment loaders to travel back and forth between a trailer and a loading station. During the investigation, OSHA inspectors found that while one of the dock levelers was receiving maintenance, the company failed to brace it properly. Due to the improper support of the dock leveler during maintenance, the contraption ... Read More

Union Pacific Workers Sue Over Toxic Exposure illnesses

A dozen railroad workers are suing Union Pacific Railroad in an Omaha, Nebraska, federal court, alleging their work on trains, railyards, company shops, and tracks exposed them to cancer-causing substances in violation of federal law. The plaintiffs, all former Union Pacific employees or their estates, allege that the railroad was negligent in its failure to use “ordinary care or caution” with toxic substances in the workplace as required by federal regulations. They also claim Union Pacific failed to monitor and test its work sites for toxic substances that could sicken workers, according to the Omaha World-Herald. Union Pacific, the second-largest ... Read More

Grain-Entrapment Accident Triggers Fines For Nebraska Co-op

A Nebraska grain-handling cooperative faces massive monetary penalties for its failure to protect workers from potentially deadly grain bin entrapment and engulfment hazards. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it cited Farmers Cooperative of Dorchester, Nebraska, with eight safety violations and nearly $380,000 in penalties following a grain-entrapment accident in one of its grain bins in May. According to Omaha’s KETV Channel 7, Dave Maier, 55, entered a grain elevator at the Farmers Cooperative in Raymond, Nebraska, to check on a clogged auger. Workers at the grain facility were transferring soybeans between bins when the machinery become ... Read More

Sig Sauer Sued After Gun Accidentally Shoots Police Officer

A Connecticut police officer has filed a personal injury against gun manufacturer Sig Sauer alleging he was shot when his holstered P320 pistol hit the ground and accidentally discharged. According to Guns.com, Vincent Sheperis, a 34-year-old police officer with the Stamford Police Special Response Team, filed the personal injury lawsuit in a U.S. District Court in New Haven earlier this month, alleging Sig Sauer designed the pistol with a defective safety mechanism – a claim repeatedly made by firearm enthusiasts. Officer Sheperis was loading equipment into a vehicle when his department-issued P320 discharged as it struck the ground, shooting him ... Read More