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California’s Lax Lead-Poisoning Laws Leave Workers Unprotected

California’s lack of a lead-poisoning benchmark for workers and the reluctance of state agencies to adopt tougher rules governing lead exposure in the workplace have become a serious occupational hazard, the Los Angeles Times reports. Unlike the majority of other states, California hasn’t adopted the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) standard for lead, which sets a “red line” of 25 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. Under the standard, any reading above that level automatically triggers an OSHA inspection of the workplace. California, however, lacks a lead-poisoning benchmark that would prompt an inspection by the California Division ... Read More

Oregon Teen Sues McDonald’s Over Burn Injuries

An Oregon teen is suing McDonald’s alleging an employee of at one of the fast-food chain’s Madras, Oregon-area restaurants spilled scalding hot water on her, causing severe burns to her abdomen and lower body. The lawsuit, filed Oct. 4 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, claims the water that the McDonald’s employee allegedly served and spilled was unreasonably hot and caused the 14-year-old girl to suffer “partial thickness burns” to her midsection and lower body, Willamette Week reports. The scalding water damaged the teen’s epidermis – the outer layer of skin, as well as the dermis layer underneath. These “second-degree” burn ... Read More

Parents of football player who suffered concussion sue school district for $38 million

Athletic officials at Hermiston High School in Oregon failed to treat a 15-year-old’s concussion following a helmet-to-helmet collision during a junior varsity football game in September 2016, and allowed the boy to play four days later despite lingering symptoms of his brain injury. During that game, the boy suffered repeated blows to the head, which knocked him unconscious, exacerbating his earlier concussion and resulting in permanent brain damage. As a result, the boy’s parents are suing the Hermiston School District for $38 million. The lawsuit was filed in the Umatilla County Circuit Court. Connor Martin was 15 when he suffered ... Read More

Oregon Family Sues Delta, Aeromexico Over Plane Crash Injuries

An Oregon family that survived a July 31 Aeromexico airplane crash is taking the airline and its partner Delta Air Lines to court, alleging they were negligent in decisions pilots made that day. Colleen McCormick, her husband Donald Hudson, and their four children were on Aeromexico Flight 2431 from Durango to Mexico City when a storm moved into the area. Angel Hudson, who was on the Aeromexico flight with her dad, stepmom, and siblings, told Portland, Oregon’s KOIN News that the plane taxied on the runway and stopped. Ms. Hudson said she thought the plane was going to wait out ... Read More

High Lead Levels Prompt Detroit to Shut All Public School Taps

Dangerously high levels of lead in the Detroit public school system have prompted the city’s Public Schools Superintendent to order the taps in all of the city’s 106 public schools to be closed. Students who started school on Tuesday, Sept. 4, were provided water from coolers and bottled water. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti took over Michigan’s largest school district last year after it had been under state management for years.  He ordered the testing of every water outlet in every public school building in the spring – a decision motivated largely by the water crisis in the neighboring city of Flint ... Read More

Lawsuit Involving Fatal Tire Explosion Revived by Oregon Appeals Court

A wrongful death lawsuit filed by an Air Force officer whose wife was killed by an exploding tire has been revived by the Oregon Court of Appeals. U.S. Air Force Captain Scott Wilcox claims in his lawsuit that a Toyo tire made by Toyo Holdings of America and sold to him by Les Schwab Tire Center of Oregon in 2014 was defective and caused his wife Jenna’s death in the U.K. in March 2010, The Oregonian reported. Twenty-seven-year-old Jenna Wilcox, also an Air Force Captain, had just returned to the U.K. from a tour of Afghanistan where she had survived ... Read More

Giant Hogweed Plant Leaves Virginia Teen With Third-Degree Facial Burns

A Virginia teen is recovering from third-degree burn injuries he developed after coming in contact with a Giant Hogweed plant while working a landscaping job. Alex Childress, 17, of Spotsylvania, was clearing vegetation on the job July 12 when he thought he was feeling the effects of a sunburn on his face. He continued working throughout the day, not realizing the actual danger he was in, Newsweek reports. When he returned home, he took a shower and found the skin on his face and arm was peeling away, much like it would after a severe sunburn. His mother, a nurse ... 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

Logging is by far the most dangerous profession

Logging is by far the most deadly job in the United States with 67 logging deaths reported in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That translates to about 137.7 deaths per 100,000 workers, much higher than the 3.4 per 100,000 average, making logging 39 times more dangerous than the average job. Fishermen faced the second highest rate of death at 54.8 per 100,000 workers. The most worker fatalities occurred among commercial truck drivers, with 885 deaths reported. Farmers came in second with about 252 total deaths. But with far more truck drivers and farmers than loggers, the rate ... 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