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Eastman Chemical Plant Explosion on anniversary of Catastrophic Blast

On Wednesday morning, Oct. 4, 2017 Eastman Chemical in Kingsport, Tennessee, experienced a massive explosion 57 years to the date after another major explosion that still impacts workers today. In October 1960, Alex Looney, 21 at the time, was playing golf when he felt the effects of the massive blast from Eastman Chemical. The ground shook beneath his feet. “Then, of course, for the next several hours you heard sirens and saw all sorts of emergency vehicles,” Looney told News Channel 11. Little did he know that several good friends who worked at Eastman died that day. Kingsport Times-News called the ... Read More

Woman Injured By Wells Fargo Door Awarded $4.5 Million

An Illinois county court jury awarded $4.5 million to a woman who sued Wells Fargo after a metal door at the bank’s location in Aurora detached and fell onto her head. Amy Skinger, 42, had to undergo surgeries on her neck and spine after being struck in the head by the metal door as she walked into the Wells Fargo mortgage retail office in May 2012. The blow knocked her to her knees and exacerbated her cervical spondylosis, a degenerative condition of the neck and spine, her lawsuit claimed. Ms. Skinger had been previously diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an unrelated ... Read More

CSX To Appeal Jury Verdict For Camerawoman Killed

CSX Railroad intends to appeal a jury verdict ordering it to pay $3.9 million to the family of a woman killed on the set of “Midnight Rider,” a movie about the life of singer Gregg Allman, after it had just started shooting in southeastern Georgia. Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was killed when she was hit by a CSX train Feb. 20, 2014, on a railroad trestle spanning the Altamaha River in Doctortown, Georgia. Six other members of the film crew were injured by flying debris and shrapnel. Richard and Elizabeth Jones, Sarah’s parents, sued CSX and 11 others ... Read More

Philadelphia Building Collapse Victim Awarded $60 Million

A Philadelphia woman who was seriously dismembered in a 2013 building collapse was awarded nearly $96 million of a $227 million settlement with the Salvation Army and a New York real estate investor. Mariya Plekan, a Ukranian immigrant, barely survived the disaster caused by the reckless demolition of a Center City building. Her award, allocated in binding arbitration last month, is the largest recovery for an injured person in Pennsylvania history. The Salvation Army’s thrift store was crushed as a result poor demolition work performed by workers hired by now-deceased developer Richard Basciano and his company STB Investments Corp. Plaintiffs argued ... Read More

13 construction Workers Injured in Building Collapse

In Oakland, California, 13 workers were injured on a construction site when a building collapsed, dropping many of them into wet concrete. While workers were pouring wet concrete to form the second floor of a new parking garage, part of the structure collapsed. As many as 20 workers fell 10-15 feet from the scaffolding, Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Ian McWhorter told the SFGate news source. None of the workers were seriously injured, but the 13 who were hurt were taken to a nearby hospital with bruises and back injuries. When police and firefighters arrived on the scene, some of the workers were hanging ... Read More

Worker amputation results in lawsuit against machine manufacturer

A woman who lost five fingers in an amputation incident while attempting to clean an industrial yarn machine filed a lawsuit against the machine’s manufacturer, holding them responsible. Mary Lynn Stanco, a Pittston Township, Pennsylvania, resident, was working as a threader at Warp Processing Co., Inc in Exeter. The warping machine she often uses produces large volumes of yarn on spinning beams at a speed of 450 yards per minute. According to the lawsuit, Stanco was assisting a mechanic who was working on a warping machine in April 2016. When the mechanic pointed out a dirty presser roller, Stanco attempted to ... Read More

Boy Crushed To Death In Atlanta’s Revolving Restaurant

A 5-year-old boy was crushed to death Friday afternoon after being caught in a revolving restaurant at the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta. The boy, identified by Atlanta authorities as Charlie Holt, was visiting Atlanta with his family from Charlotte, North Carolina. He was having lunch at the Sun Dial restaurant with his parents. The restaurant continually revolves on the 73rd floor of the hotel, giving diners a 360-degree view of the city and surrounding area. The child reportedly wandered about four or five feet away from the window table where his parents were seated and ... Read More

Goodwill Fined for Willful Safety Violations that Led to Worker’s Gruesome Death

Goodwill had been warned multiple times both verbally and by letter for hazardous working conditions at an outlet store it operated in California, particularly regarding the use of dangerous equipment. The warnings were ignored, and last September, a 26-year-old employee at the store was killed in a gruesome accident. Cal-OSHA, the workplace safety agency for the state, has now fined Goodwill Industries of Sacramento Valley & Northern Nevada more than $100,000 for six significant safety violations. The Sacramento Bee reports that Dave Goudie, a commercial driver and employee of Goodwill on the waste management team at the time of the accident, had ... Read More

Widow Files Benzene Lawsuit Against 30 Companies After Husband’s Leukemia Death

A Texas woman has filed a lawsuit against 30 companies, alleging they exposed her husband to toxic benzene emissions, sickening him and eventually leading to his death. According to the Southeast Texas Record, Peggy Melancon filed the benzene lawsuit in Jefferson County, Texas, District Court Feb. 22, naming Amoco, Atlantic Richfield, BP, Chevron USA, ExxonMobil, Shell Oil, Sunoco, Texaco, and many others as defendants. Ms. Melacon’s lawsuit says that her husband Cecil Melancon was a long-time DuPont employee and that he worked at the company’s Beaumont Works facility as a lab technician. Ms. Melancon claims her husband was continually exposed ... Read More

Salvation Army Reaches $227 Million Settlement With Philly Building Collapse Victims

Lawyers for victims of a deadly Philadelphia building collapse that crushed a Salvation Army thrift store in 2013 have reached a record $227 million settlement with the owner of a New York real estate company and the Salvation Army. The Feb. 22 settlement concludes a civil trial of lawsuits that ran that for more than 17 weeks, the longest civil trial in Philadelphia history, according to Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, who oversaw the litigation. An attorney for plaintiffs in the case said the settlement was the largest personal injury settlement in Pennsylvania state court history, the Philadelphia ... Read More