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Study focuses on most effective treatment for peritoneal mesothelioma

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) awarded a research grant to detect gene mutations in specific subtypes of peritoneal mesothelioma in hopes of identifying already available therapies for these patients as well as developing new screening tools. The study, led by Waqas Amin, M.D., with the University of Pittsburgh, will analyze three histological subtypes (epithelioid, biphasic and sarcomatoid) in peritoneal mesothelioma to find the most significant gene mutations for better characterization and identification of genetic variants. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer associated with asbestos exposure. Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common type of the disease, affecting ... Read More

Pipe contractors face safety violations, fines after electrocution of worker

Harmony, Pennsylvania-based Insight Pipe Contracting LLC was hit with a proposed $331,101 fine by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following an investigation into a fatal electrocution of a worker that also resulted in injuries to two other workers. The incident occurred April 12 while construction crews were repairing the sewer system in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Shortly before 10:30 a.m., a machine workers were using touched high-tension lines carrying 23,000 volts of electricity. One worker was electrocuted and two others who attempted to assist him were shocked. All three were sent to the hospital. The worker who was electrocuted died. ... Read More

PA man says benzene exposure at US Steel caused his leukemia

A Pennsylvania pipefitter is suing U.S. Steel’s Clairton Works claiming that while working at the facility for 12 years he was routinely exposed to benzene and benzene-containing products, which contributed to his leukemia. John F. Verlich filed the lawsuit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas against the United States Steel Corporation of Pittsburgh. Verlich says he worked at the coke manufacturing plant from 1971 to 1983. Benzene results from the manufacturing of coke. Terlich claims the volatile chemical was in valves, pumps and pipelines and stored in barrels and tanks throughout the plant. He claims he was exposed ... Read More

Pirate Ship Ride Malfunction Sickens Several at Pennsylvania Amusement Park

Riders on a swinging pirate ship ride at a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, amusement park got a little seasick after a malfunction left the ride in motion for several minutes, with no way for the captive passengers to escape. The pirate ship ride malfunction occurred at Kennywood Park, about 10 miles southeast of downtown Pittsburgh, where a number of other ride problems have occurred this month, various sources say. According to the Associated Press, the 35-year-old pirate ship ride continued to swing like a pendulum when its brakes failed. Park employees were able to engage a secondary brake system after about 10 ... Read More

Uber Ending Its Self-Driving Truck Operations

Uber says it is shutting down its self-driving truck research division for the foreseeable future. Eric Meyhofer, head of Uber Advanced Technologies group, said in an email to employees reviewed by Tech Crunch that Uber wants to build its forward momentum by focusing on its self-driving car technology. Once self-driving technology is more fully developed, Uber will apply it to commercial trucks. “Rather than having two groups working side by side, focused on different vehicle platforms, I want us instead collaborating as one team,” Mr. Meyhofer said in the email. “I know we’re all super proud of what the Trucks ... Read More

NTSB Crash Report: Uber Disengaged Self-Driving Car’s Emergency Braking

Uber’s self-driving car that ran over and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, in March could have avoided the deadly collision or at least mitigated it had Uber not disengaged the vehicle’s emergency braking system, a preliminary report indicates. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in its preliminary report of the deadly collision that Uber’s modified 2017 Volvo XC90’s radar systems observed the pedestrian six seconds before impact but “the self-driving system software classified the pedestrian as an unknown object, as a vehicle, and then as a bicycle with varying expectations of future travel path.” The self-driving Uber determined ... Read More

Canada Mourns 15 Killed in Hockey Team Bus Crash

A Friday evening bus crash in Saskatchewan, Canada, killed 15 people, including several promising members of a junior hockey team. The bus crash occurred about 5 p.m. Friday north of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, on SK-35 North. The bus was carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team, coaches, and others to the town of Nipawin for a playoff game. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) continue to investigate the crash and have not spoken of any potential causes. According to ABC 13 Houston, a tractor-trailer t-boned the bus. Video of the crash scene shows both vehicles rolled over on their sides. ... Read More

Oklahoma Gas Rig Explosion Kills Five

A massive natural gas rig explosion that killed five men and burned another in Eastern Oklahoma Monday, Jan. 22, was caused by an uncontrolled release of gas from a well during drilling operations, state regulators said. The accident – the deadliest drilling rig explosion to occur since BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010 – happened around 9 a.m. at a well site operated by Patterson-UTI in Pittsburgh County, Oklahoma. Of the 22 workers on the well site at the time of the rig explosion, 17 were able to escape. Five others on the rig were classified as missing until about ... Read More

Researchers Develop Fatigue Relief Guidelines For EMS Workers

Fatigue is a serious problem for workers in many occupations, but it’s especially dangerous in certain lines of work, such as Emergency Medical Services (EMS), where it can easily spell the difference between life and death. Recognizing that administrators of EMS operations in the U.S. lack guidance on how to mitigate fatigue among emergency workers, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center partnered with the National Association of State EMS Officials to draw up guidelines aimed at mitigating fatigue among emergency medical services personnel. According to researchers participating in the project, fatigue is a threat that is often overlooked by EMS ... Read More

Company Owner Pleads Guilty in Worker’s Trench Collapse Death

A trench collapse that killed a 21-year-old worker at an excavation site in Western Pennsylvania has led to the company owner pleading guilty in federal court to a criminal charge of “Willful Violation of an OSHA Regulation Causing the Death of an Employee.” According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Wayne A. George, the owner of a Pittsburgh-based company called A Rooter Man, pleaded guilty to the criminal charge Nov. 27. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Feb. 21, 2018. On Sept. 28, 2015, Jacob Casher, a Rooter Man employee who had just turned 21 ... Read More