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ACS Translator May Sue NYC over House Call Stabbing Attack

A translator who was nearly stabbed to death on a New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) house call may file a personal injury lawsuit alleging the social worker she accompanied repeatedly stoked a tense situation until it turned violent. Anna Yuen, who translates Cantonese for Accurate Communication Inc., went to the home of Feng Quanyi, 61, in the Sunset Park district of Brooklyn Nov. 8 with an ACS social worker who was checking on the wellbeing of Quanyi’s two grandchildren following a report of neglect. Ms. Yuen and the ACS employee were following up with the family from ... Read More

USPS cited after four employees at Las Vegas facility suffer heat-related injuries

At least four United States Postal Services (USPS) employees at the Silverado Station branch in Las Vegas, Nevada, were treated for heat-related injuries earlier this year, one of whom was hospitalized due to his injuries, according to the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). “The dangers of working in high-heat conditions are well-known,” said OSHA Area Director Eric Brooks, in Las Vegas, adding that the USPS is fully aware of the risks to workers’ safety and health. “OSHA has cited the U.S. Postal Service repeatedly for failing to provide employees with a workplace free of recognized hazards. ... Read More

PA says Tesla medical clinic regularly downplayed worker injuries

Anna Watson has worked in the medical field for nearly two decades as a physician assistant, treating patients at a petroleum refinery, a steel plant, emergency rooms, and a trauma center. But she says she had never seen anything like what was happening at the Tesla electric car factory in Fremont, California. “Every company that I’ve worked at is motivated to keep things not recordable,” she told Reveal News. “But I’ve never seen anybody do it at the expense of treating the patient.” She says workers who reported health issues like chest pain, breathing problems or extreme headaches were dismissed ... Read More

Former Facebook content moderator alleges job caused her PTSD

A content moderator for Facebook says she was traumatized by the graphic violent images she was required to review and is suing the social media platform alleging the company didn’t do enough to protect her from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) she claims suffered as a result. Selena Scola filed the lawsuit in California state court in San Mateo County seeking class-action status. She claims Facebook failed to provide a safe workplace, instead exposing content moderators to traumatizing content from its users. She claims that Facebook has work safety standards to protect employees like her charged with removing graphic content from the platform, ... Read More

Petition urges OSHA to require employers to protect workers from heat-related injury

High temperatures can pose serious health risks, especially to workers who spend hours a day, day after day, working in hot conditions – both indoors and out. Heat stress, or heat exhaustion, can cause confusion, fatigue, nausea, muscle cramps and dehydration. It can also lead to heat stroke, a serious condition that can cause fainting, seizures, coma and organ failure if treatment isn’t administered right away. In 1972, 1986, and 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommended that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) set specific standards to protect workers from heat stress so ... Read More

Man blames employer for Lyme Disease, related facial paralysis

A Philadelphia man has filed a lawsuit against his employer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), claiming the company is responsible for his Lyme Disease, which triggered Bell’s Palsy, a type of facial paralysis. Stephen A. Figueroa filed the lawsuit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on May 22, alleging that on May 16, 2017, while working as a flagman protecting a contractor working with SEPTA at the Arsenal Interlocking, he was bitten by a tick. He claims SEPTA knew or had reason to know the worksite was infested with ticks and that its employees were at risk for ... Read More

Seattle-based manufacturer cited, fined for worker safety violations

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) cited National Products Inc., and slapped the company with $253,320 in fines for more than two dozen serious and willful worker safety and health violations. The violations at the Seattle-based manufacturer of electronics mounting systems and other products were discovered during three separate inspections earlier this year. One of the inspections was conducted by L&I after a worker was burned by molten aluminum. Workers were carrying molten aluminum from one machine to another in ladles slung over their backs. They were also not wearing proper personal protection equipment, which put them at ... Read More

Workers suffer burn injuries in nuclear power plant electrical explosion

Day & Zimmermann NPS Inc., was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after two employees suffered burn injuries from an arc fire at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant in Snoddy-Daisy, Tennessee. The company faces $71,599 in proposed penalties. OSHA determined that the company was exposing employees to shock hazards by failing to require employees wear protective clothing and equipment; conduct pre-job briefings with employees on energy source controls; remove ground and test device; and allow potential for residual electrical energy to accumulate. “These serious injuries could have been prevented ... Read More

$33 million verdict stands for man injured in processing plant fire

A $33 million verdict awarded to a man who was badly injured on the job in a 2014 fire at Georgia Pacific Wood Products South was entered into a final judgment by a Texas state court judge despite bids to reject the verdict from two companies found liable in the case. Ralph Figgs claimed he was badly burned and suffered brain damage during an explosion that occurred while he was working at the wood processing plant. As a result, he developed post traumatic stress disorder. In April, a jury found AirCon Corp. held 51 percent of the responsibility for Figg’s ... Read More

Safe + Sound Week focused on safety in the workplace

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored a nationwide Safe + Sound Week event Aug. 13-19, to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that combine management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in the workplace. Organizations of any size and in any industry were encouraged to participate as a way to show workers, customers, the public or supply chain partners their commitment to safety in the workplace. Nearly 5,200 workers were killed on the job in 2016, which translates to more than 99 per ... Read More