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Tennessee Official Sues Tractor-Trailer Co. and Driver Over Crash

A former Tennessee state representative is suing an Illinois trucking firm and others for injuries he suffered when a tractor-trailer crashed into his vehicle on I-81 in Kingsport, Tennessee last month. Jason Mumpower, who currently serves as Tennessee Comptroller chief of staff, filed the lawsuit Dec. 4 with his wife in a Greeneville, Tennessee federal court. The Mumpowers allege that Illinois-based Sopranos Inc. and Gogu Trucking Express and driver Pavel Gheleniuc of Orlando, Florida, are liable for the accident that left Mr. Mumpower with multiple “extensive” injuries. According to the Kingsport, Tennessee Times News, the lawsuit centers on a traffic ... Read More

Exploding Lithium Battery Triggers Evacuation of Orlando Airport

An exploding lithium battery inside a camera bag sent people at Orlando International Airport into a panic Friday and prompted the evacuation of the main terminal building. The noises the lithium battery made as it overheated and exploded were mistaken by many in the airport for a bomb or other terrorist incident, according to various reports. News of a shootout at the airport circulated on social media immediately following the blast. No injuries were reported. According to WKMG ClickOrlando, the lithium battery explosion occurred around 5 p.m. at the security checkpoint at the entrance to gates 1-59. “As a result ... Read More

Electrocution: a Deadly Occupational Injury

A Sarasota man was severely injured when he was electrocuted by power lines. Omri Snow, 23, was using a lift truck to hang banners on light poles for a private contractor when he came in contact with power lines. By the time rescue crews arrived on scene, the entire lift truck was engulfed in flames. According to Fox 13 News, from the time the truck caught fire to the time rescuers arrived and put it out, a total of only 16 minutes had passed. Power was shut off for the 3,000 nearby homes as a team worked to douse the ... Read More

Country Fresh diced vegetables recalled

Country Fresh Orlando is recalling 5,999 cases of various diced vegetables because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may experience short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. The diced vegetables include Fajita Blend, Stir Fry Vegetable, and Vegetable Kabob, distributed to Southeastern Grocers in Florida; Green Pepper Diced distributed to Southeastern Grocers in Florida and ... Read More

Girl’s Hot-Car Death At Florida Daycare Under Investigation

Authorities in Escambia County, Florida are investigating the hot-car death of a 3-year-old girl who was apparently left inside a daycare van. The hot-car death is the second to occur at a Florida daycare in less than two weeks. According to WEAR 12 West Palm Beach, the girl was discovered inside a school van Friday, Aug. 18, at In His Arms Christian Academy in the community of Ensley, just north of Pensacola. Emergency crews were sent to the daycare school around 1:14 p.m. When they arrived they found the child “in distress.” The girl was rushed to a local hospital where ... Read More

Heat Stroke Suspected in Death of Florida Child Trapped in Day Care Van

Authorities in Orlando, Florida, believe heat stroke to be the cause of death of a 3-year-old boy who was trapped inside a daycare van all day Monday, Aug. 7. Myles Hill, who was enrolled at Little Miracles Academy, would have turned 4 later this month. Daycare workers searching for the boy after his grandmother called to say he never returned home found him on the floor of a school van about 8:30 Monday night, 12 hours after the other students were removed from the vehicle. Orlando Police Chief John Mina told reporters that Myles was among daycare students being transferred ... Read More

HSBC Settles Whistleblower lawsuit alleging SBA Loan Fraud

HSBC Bank USA has agreed to pay the U.S. more than $2 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by a whistleblower who alleged the bank sought reimbursement from the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) for loans it knew to fraudulent or based on fraudulent information. The SBA operates a loan program called SBAExpress, which guarantees lenders half the value of loans they make to start-ups and other small businesses. The program is designed to incentivize banks to loan to small businesses by reducing risk, spurring economic development and growth. The False Claims Act complaint, filed by whistleblower ... Read More

Water treatment plant employee files Whistleblower Retaliation lawsuit

A former manager of a water treatment plant is suing the city of Apopka, Florida, in federal court, alleging he was terminated as punishment for raising concerns about poor working conditions at the plant and conditions that threaten public health and safety. Whistleblower Glen Brooks, who worked at the Apopka water treatment plant for 14 years before he was fired in September, says the city’s newly elected mayor in 2014 conspired with three other city officials to “cover up and violate the law as to the illegal conduct and unsafe conditions” at the plant. The complaint also claims the same ... Read More

National Bath Safety Month stresses year-round vigilance

Rub-a-dub-dub. Time for baby’s wash in the tub. For newborns, bath time may be an every-few-days occurrence, and for toddlers, it may be a nightly event, explaining why though officially marked in January, National Bath Safety Month stresses year-round vigilance. Whether it’s in a tub, sink or plastic basin, bath time is often filled with splashes and giggles, but if caregivers aren’t careful, it can quickly turn into a dangerous situation. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children 1 to 4 years old, outranking accidental shootings, poisonings, falls and smoke/fire exposure combined, the Sun-Sentinel reports, citing National ... Read More

Roofing Contractor Faces Federal Lawsuit For Firing Whistleblower

The U.S. Department of Labor is suing a Tampa, Fla., roofing contractor and its owner for violating federal whistleblower protections when they fired their safety manager after he cooperated with an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspection. Jasper Roofing Contractors Inc. and owner/chief executive Brian Wedding violated the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act’s whistleblower provisions by retaliating against the manager, OSHA said in a news release. The agency accuses Jasper Roofing of subjecting the manager to repeated retaliatory acts that ultimately resulted in his wrongful termination after he provided documentation to OSHA regarding the company’s history of safety ... Read More