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Texas State Representative Wants NTSB’s Hot Air Balloon Probe In Public Eye

A Texas state representative from Lockhart, Texas, called upon federal investigators and lawmakers to hold a public investigative hearing on the hot air balloon crash that killed 16 people July 30 in a pasture outside of Lockhart. “As a former county commissioner and current state representative, I am no stranger to disaster, nor is our region,” Rep. John Cyrier, R-Lockhart, wrote in the American-Statesman. “In recent memory, we have endured floods, wildfires and transportation accidents. Yet none of this prepared me for what I witnessed on July 30 in a pasture outside of Lockhart.” The hot air balloon, operated by ... Read More

Ferris Wheel At Tennessee Fair Had Damaged Gondola

A Ferris wheel that malfunctioned at an eastern Tennessee fair last week had worn out rivet fasteners that caused a gondola to tip, sending three girls tumbling more than 30 feet to the ground, inspectors found. Inspectors hired by ride owner Family Attractions Amusement and the Greene County Fair found that rivets on the bottom of the pivoting cart caused a piece of metal trim to come loose and lodge in the wheel frame, tipping the gondola over as it rose to the top. The three girls who fell out of the bucket were taken to the hospital. Six-year-old Briley ... Read More

Boy Decapitated on Kansas City Waterslide, Evidence Points To multiple Safety Failures

New details have emerged about the death of the 10-year-old boy who was killed on the world’s tallest waterslide in Kansas Sunday, indicating serious safety failures contributed to the horrific accident. Caleb Schwab, the son of a Kansas state lawmaker who was at the Schlitterbahn Kansas City water park with his family on “Elected Officials Day,” died after descending the “Verrückt” slide. The slide’s designers wanted to offer an extreme attraction to guests and created a 17-story vertical drop that ascends a second hill, followed by a second 50-foot drop. Various verified reports say the raft Caleb was seated in ... Read More

Lax Regulations Of Commercial Hot Air Balloons Could Expose Passengers To Injury, Death

The fiery crash of a hot air balloon north of San Antonio July 30 that killed all 16 people on board has reignited concerns that the commercial ballooning industry isn’t being held to the same stringent and requirements and regulatory oversight as other commercial aviation aircraft and pilots. According to a report by the Associated Press, if the pilot of the doomed “Heart of Texas” balloon that crashed in Lockhart, Texas, had been a commercial airplane pilot, he would have been grounded a long time ago. Alfred “Skip” Nichols, 49, started flying hot air balloons commercially 20 years ago, but ... Read More

FDA Set To Regulate Vaping Industry With New Rules

The federal government announced sweeping new regulations for vaping products Thursday, making them subject to the same regulations as cigarettes and other tobacco products, including banning their sale to minors, who have come to make up a giant part of the vaping customer base. Under the new rule, vape manufacturers and tobacco companies would have to submit products that have escaped federal safety oversight since February 2007 to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for review. Feb. 15, 2007, was the final date that tobacco products would be grandfathered in by the Tobacco Control Act of 2009. The new rules ... Read More

Hair Loss, Health Complaints Associated With WEN Conditioner Prompt Congressional Inquiry

More than 17,000 consumers have complained about significant hair loss, bald spots, skin irritation, and other health problems after using WEN Cleansing Conditioner developed by celebrity hairstylist Chaz Dean, and some U.S. representatives are demanding to know why. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, wrote to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf earlier this month to ask what action the agency is giving to the complaints associated with the WEN conditioner. “Complaints filed by thousands of customers on product forums, retail web sites, and consumer sites detail a ... Read More

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) of 2010 introduced the most sweeping financial regulatory reforms made by legislators since the Great Depression. Signed into federal law by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2010, Dodd-Frank’s comprehensive measures were designed, in part, to clean up loopholes and improve the oversight and transparency of financial institutions. The intention: to avert another giant recession like the one that hit the U.S. in 2007-2010. The stated purpose of Dodd-Frank is “To promote the financial stability of the United States by improving accountability and transparency in the financial system, to end ‘too ... Read More

New bill will weaken trucking regulations, put U.S. motorists at risk

Republican lawmakers and their friends in the trucking industry are trying to push an appropriations bill through the House containing a number of provisions that, if passed, would endanger U.S. motorists from coast to coast by weakening trucking regulations. According to the New York Times, one of the provisions would prohibit the Obama administrating from fully reinstating the new hours-of-service (HOS) rule that Congress suspended in parts last year under pressure from trucking lobbyists. The HOS rule mandated that truckers got at least 34 hours of rest on two consecutive nights after working long shifts of 60 hours in seven ... Read More

Mother of teen killed in N.Y. bus crash hopes for better safety regulations

The mother of a 15-year-old river tubing guide who was killed in a work-related bus crash last summer said she was “not surprised” that prosecutors would not press criminal charges against the bus driver, but said she hopes her son’s death would lead to new state safety regulations that would make bus trips safer. Hunter Scofield, a National Honor Society student who had just completed his sophomore year at Hadley-Luzerne High School in Lake Luzerne, N.Y., was killed July 5, 2014, when a bus owned by his employer, Tubby Tubes Co., missed its turn, careened off an embankment, and flipped. Hunter was taking ... Read More

Renosol factory whistleblowers turn spotlight on workplace safety regulations

Selma, Ala., Hyundai supplier Renosol Seating said employees who say or do things it deems harmful to its business may be fired, despite an April 15 federal court order barring the company from retaliating against whistleblowers who voice concerns over their exposure to chemicals that may be making them sick. “If they go so far as to violate company policy and say and do things that are harmful to the company, then yes, they could be terminated,” Mel Stephens, a spokesman for Renosol’s parent company, Lear Corp., told the Montgomery Advertiser. “They are free to express themselves up until they ... Read More