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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

Opioid awareness campaign shows faces of addiction

A third of the people who are taking prescription painkillers like OxyContin don’t even realize that they are taking highly addictive opioids, a contributing factor to the nation’s devastating opioid epidemic. But a new public awareness campaign launched by the nonprofit health organization National Safety Council, Energy BBDO, and a production and entertainment company called “m ss ng p eces” aims to give the public a better understanding of the dangers of opioid addiction. The campaign, titled “Stop Everyday Killers,” features a memorial wall covered in 22,000 pills – representing the number of people who died last year from opioid overdose. ... Read More

Man Blames Amusement Park Water Ride for Eye-Eating Parasite

A Pennsylvania man is suing a Pittsburgh amusement park for negligence after contracting a parasite that continues to eat away at his eye, which he claims came from dirty water at one of the park’s rides. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Robert Trostle and his wife Krystsina filed the lawsuit against Kennywood Entertainment, alleging the water surrounding the Raging Rapids ride was “dirty, stagnant and sludge-like.” The lawsuit says the couple noticed this while standing in line for the ride, which simulates a white-water rafting expedition, on July 2. They also observed that the waterfall at the ride was not operating, ... Read More

EMS Workers More At Risk For Job-Related Injuries

Emergency medical services (EMS) workers are injured on the job at significantly higher rates than the general workforce and have three times the number of missed workdays due to their injuries, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) said. Analyzing data compiled from a four-year study of EMS workers, NIOSH developed a fact sheet for EMS worker injuries to help bring awareness to some of the occupational hazards these workers face while providing emergency services to others in need. According to NIOSH, more than 22,000 EMS workers are treated in emergency rooms every year for work-related injuries. Worker ... Read More

Opioid overdose survivors still prescribed opioids following treatment

Few doctors are prescribing anti-addiction medications after discharging patients who suffered opioid overdoses, and some medical professionals are continuing to prescribe opioids to these patients, according to a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “Forty percent of those with a heroin overdose and 60 percent of those with a prescription opioid overdose filled a prescription in the six months after overdose for the very kind of medication that contributed to the overdose in the first place,” Julie Donohue, PhD, told HealthDay. Donohue is an associate professor of health policy and management at the University of ... Read More

CSX Train Derailment Forces Pennsylvania evacuation

A CSX freight train laden with hazardous materials derailed in Southwestern Pennsylvania Wednesday morning, igniting fires and forcing the evacuation of an entire town. According to the Associated Press, at least 32 cars of the CSX freight train careened off the tracks in Hyndman, Pennsylvania, destroying the garage of a residence. A CSX spokesman said at least one of the cars carrying gasoline and one laden with molten sulfur spilled and caught fire. Authorities investigating the accident haven’t determined what caused the train to derail. It’s also unclear how extensive the damage is. According to the AP, the residential garage ... Read More

Dry Drowning Kills Houston Boy Days After Swimming

Doctors determined “dry drowning” was the cause of death for a 4-year-old Houston, Texas, boy, June 3 – days after he had last gone swimming. Parents Francisco Delgado Jr. and Tara Delgado told ABC 13 that they took their son Frankie swimming at the Texas City Dike near Houston on Memorial Day weekend. The boy, who the Delgados affectionately called “Baby Frankie,” seemed fine in subsequent days, but little did anyone in the family realize that his lungs were filling with fluid. On the morning of Saturday, June 3, Frankie complained of his shoulders hurting. Hours later, he sat up ... Read More

Study Finds Bladder Cancer Toxins in E-Cigarette Users

A pilot study looking at the potential impact of e-cigarettes on the health of those who use them found a strong correlation between vaping and the presence of two carcinogens known to cause bladder cancer. The preliminary study analyzed the urine of 13 e-cigarette users and 10 non-user controls. The e-cigarette users had a median of 26 months of use. Researchers found two known carcinogens, otoluidine and 2-naphthylamine, in the samples of all but one of the e-cigarette users. Neither toxin was found in the nonuser samples. The study suggests that e-cigarettes are not without their own risks, despite being ... Read More