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Nebraska Girl Recovering After Being Scalped by Carnival Ride

An 11-year old Nebraska girl is recovering in the hospital after a carnival ride in Omaha ripped off her scalp and part of her face Saturday afternoon. WOWT 6 News reported that 11-year-old Elizabeth Gilreath was on a spinning ride called the King’s Crown at a Cinco de Mayo carnival when her hair got caught in one of the ride’s rotating mechanisms. Her father estimated his daughter was yanked around by her head for five to 10 minutes before the ride was stopped. Video shows the ride’s operator running from the scene, presumably to seek help. Meanwhile, Jolene Cisneros, a mother ... Read More

OSHA investigates Medical Manufacturing Plant After Workers Suffer Amputation Injuries

After two workers had their index fingers partially amputated in separate workplace accidents last October, federal investigators found numerous machines that lacked required safety guards inside the Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) plant in Holdrege, Neb. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the global medical technology company on April 11 for one repeat and 12 serious safety violations that the agency said contributed to the finger amputations, which occurred on Oct. 14 and Oct. 22, 2015. Multiple other hazards not related to those injuries were also found, resulting in proposed fines of $122,700. BD is a global medical technology company operating in ... Read More

OSHA penalties to be adjusted to meet changes in inflation index; first increase since 1990

Thanks to an update to the congressional budget, employers in violation of federal workplace laws may be facing steeper proposed penalties than in previous years. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which has not increased its citation fines since 1990, has asked Congress to determine a “catch-up” percentage related to the changes in the inflation index, OSHA’s Omaha-area office director Jeff Funke told Omaha World-Herald. Although it is currently unknown what the increase will be based on, if the inflation bump is affixed to the difference between the 2015 Consumer Price Index and the 1990 Consumer Price ... Read More

One person dead, four others injured in Chicago bus crash

A 21-year-old woman was killed and at least four others injured when a Burlington Trailways bus crashed into a construction sign on the inbound lanes of Chicago’s Stevenson Expressway Monday morning. The bus was traveling from Omaha, Neb., to Chicago with 33 passengers and had almost reached its final destination when the crash occurred around 6:40 a.m. Illinois State Police said that Nicole Underwood of Des Moines, Iowa, died from injuries she sustained in the bus crash. Police knew of four other passengers who were taken to hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. According to CBS, the 53-year-old driver of ... Read More

Doctors Speak Up About Hoverboards And Head Injuries

Hoverboards – those two-wheeled, self-balancing, motorized skateboards – occupy the top spot on a lot Christmas wish lists this year, but medical professionals treating injured patients pouring into the emergency rooms nationwide are sounding a warning. Many hoverboard owners will say that the boards take some getting used to, and falling backward off of the devices seems like a rite of passage before riders get the hang of them, as evidenced by countless videos showing people of all ages wiping out. Dr. Reginald Burton, a trauma surgeon at Bryant West Hospital in Lincoln, Neb., told Omaha’s KETV 7 that a lot ... Read More

Company Hid hazardous Machines, Threatened Workers During Safety Inspection, OSHA Says

A Nebraska flooring materials manufacturer tried to hide hazardous machines from federal inspectors and threatened to fire employees who complained about unsafe working conditions, federal safety regulators said in a recent report. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it sent inspectors to MP Global Products LLC of Norfolk, Neb., to investigate how a worker had one finger amputated and another severely damaged by a machine at the plant. MP Global manufactures underlayment products from recycled materials for use beneath laminate, tile, and hardwood flooring. MP Global’s flooring products are sold by a number of nationwide distributors, including ... Read More

Worker’s Heat Stroke Death Results In Fines For Moving Company

OMAHA, Neb.—A Nebraska-based storage and moving company has been cited by federal authorities for subjecting a worker to excessively hot conditions that resulted in the worker’s heat stroke and death. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it investigated Select Van and Storage, doing business as Mayflower / United, following the worker’s death on June 9 and found the company in violation of federal rules regulating weather-related working conditions and reporting procedures. According to the agency, a 49-year-old worker was packing and loading boxes in a moving truck on June 9 when the local climate climbed to 112 degrees ... Read More

Frozen chicken entrée recall expanded amid Salmonella concerns

Several more frozen chicken products and brands have been added to a national recall of frozen, stuffed chicken entrees that U.S. health authorities believe is responsible for two outbreaks of Salmonella enteritidis that have sickened at least seven people, including two hospitalized patients. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first suspected the Salmonella illnesses were associated with raw, frozen, breaded, and pre-browned stuffed chicken products on July 1, when it issued a public health alert stating concerns with chicken cordon bleu and chicken kiev products sold under unspecified brand names. On July 2, Barber Foods of Portland, Maine, issued a recall of nearly ... Read More

ConAgra pays record criminal fine for contaminated peanut butter

ConAgra has agreed to pay the U.S. government an $8 million criminal fine for violating the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act when it distributed peanut butter contaminated with salmonella bacteria and caused a massive national outbreak of salmonella poisoning in 2006 and 2007. ConAgra’s fine is the largest criminal fine ever paid in a food safety case. The Omaha, Neb.,-based food company also agreed to forfeit assets worth $3.2 million as part of the settlement, bringing the total fines to $11.2 million. The criminal fines stem from shipments of peanut butter sold under the Peter Pan brand and various ... Read More

OSHA blasts Union Pacific Railroad’s anti-whistleblower activities

Federal safety regulators this week slammed Union Pacific Railroad for its “culture of retaliation,” demonstrated by its repeated safety violations and attempts to silence whistleblowers who report workplace injuries or seek medical attention. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that Union Pacific violated the Federal Railroad Act for the third time since 2011 by disciplining employees at its rail yard in North Platte, Neb., for exercising their rights to report workplace hazards and seek medical attention for on-the-job injuries. OSHA also said Omaha, Neb.-based Union Pacific has faced more than 200 whistleblower complaints from its workers throughout the ... Read More