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Germanwings crash prompts many airlines to adopt U.S. cockpit rules

The deliberate crash of a Germanwings flight 9525 in southern France Thursday has prompted several international governments, airlines, and even pilots to adopt a U.S. regulatory requirement that no pilot remain unaccompanied in the cockpit for any length of time. Flight recorders recovered from the Germanwings crash site revealed that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, 28, locked the pilot out of the cockpit for several minutes, during which time he re-programmed the Airbus A320-200 jet to descend from 38,000 feet to an altitude of 100 feet. At 10:53 a.m. local time, the plane slammed into a mountain in France’s Maritime Alps, killing ... Read More

FDA asks for public feedback on proposed revisions to new food safety laws

In January of 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law. Since this initial Act, the FDA has proposed several rules to implement FSMA, which aims to strengthen food safety by shifting the focus to preventing food safety problems rather than responding to problems after the fact. In recent months, the FDA has reached out to the general public for input concerning proposed revision to four of the rules regarding FSMA. The rules in question address the issues of produce safety, preventive controls for human food, preventive controls for animal food, ... Read More

Judge says light bulb maker must pay FTC $21.2 million for false product claims

Light bulb manufacturer Lights of America Inc. violated Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules by lying about the output and life-expectancy of some of its LED (light emitting diode) bulbs, a federal judge in California ruled on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The ruling resulted in a $21.2-million judgment against the Los Angeles-based bulb maker. In a 122-page ruling, Judge James Selna found that Lights of America exaggerated claims to consumers about light output and longevity of some of its bulb products, saying they would last a “lifetime” of up to 30,000 hours when it knew that product tests and other scientific data contradicted ... Read More

Federal regulators propose tougher rule governing offshore oil drilling safety

Federal safety regulators proposed a new rule last week that would update and strengthen offshore oil and gas drilling safety as energy giants reach into deeper and riskier waters for production. The proposed rule is one of several rule changes and other measures to improve worker and environmental safety adapted by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) since BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in April 2010, killing 11 workers and triggering the worst oil spill in U.S. history.The new rule would require stricter life cycles for critical safety and pollution-prevention equipment to ensure it will function as required ... Read More

Most fireworks injuries and deaths occur in June and July, U.S. safety officials report

In 2012, six men died as a result of fireworks-related injuries and another 8,700 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for fireworks-related wounds, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). CPSC officials released the latest fireworks safety report last week ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, which is traditionally when the majority of the injuries occur. According to the report, more than 5,000 Americans were treated in hospital emergency rooms due to fireworks-related injuries between June 22, 2012 and July 22, 2012. More than half of the reported injuries involved burns to the hands, head, and ... Read More

Babies forgotten in the backseat of hot cars: 2013 set to match deadliest year on record

It’s probably the worst fate that can fall upon any young child in modern times, being forgotten and left in the backseat of a hot car, where temperatures rise to deadly levels within minutes. And in almost every such deadly incident, dozens of which occur every year, parents are left to face to a lifetime of inconsolable grief and guilt, and even possible prison time. Sadly, this year is set to be one of the deadliest years on record for children who are accidentally locked inside vehicles on hot days, the Huffington Post reports. Every year, on average, 38 children ... Read More

Bus driver in deadly Oregon crash was driving too fast, federal regulators say

The driver of a tour bus that skidded off an Oregon highway December 30, killing nine passengers and injuring 39 others, was driving too fast at the time of the crash, the U.S. Department of Transportation said in a January 17 order. A number of passengers who survived the crash told investigators that driver Haeng Kyu “James” Hwang of British Columbia, Canada, was driving too fast and that he had been asked several times by those aboard to slow down. “You were driving at speeds too fast for conditions and driving in a manner unsafe to existing road conditions,” the ... Read More

Railroad companies ordered to compensate workers fired for reporting injuries, work dangers

CHICAGO, ILL–Two railroad companies must pay three workers a total of nearly $651,000 in back wages and damages after terminating them in retaliation for simply reporting workplace injuries and safety concerns, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported. According to OHSA, one employee of Central Illinois Railroad, a conductor, was injured in August 2008 when a knuckle that connects railroad cars allegedly broke, causing the railcars to suddenly jolt as they were being switched. The jarring motion caused the conductor to fall, knocking him unconscious and giving him multiple injuries to his shoulder, back, and head. The railroad ... Read More

Boy and his grandmother drowned in Montgomery apartment pool

MONTGOMERY, ALA – A woman and her grandson died last week from drowning injuries they received in a Montgomery apartment complex swimming pool Tuesday morning. The Montgomery police said Rosie Lee Arrington, 39, and her grandson were found unresponsive in the pool of the Courtyard CitiFlats apartment on S. McDonough near downtown Montgomery. Ms. Arrington was taken to Jackson hospital, where she was pronounced dead just before noon on Tuesday. The boy, whose name has not yet been released, was taken to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham with life-threatening injuries but died from his injuries on Wednesday. Authorities investigating the deaths ... Read More

Montgomery drowning lawsuit underscores swimming pool safety concerns

MONTGOMERY, ALA—Beasley Allen has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the parents of two young boys who drowned Monday in their apartment complex swimming pool. The brothers, Victor Garcia, 7, and Cristubal Basurto Garcia, 5, were found in the pool around 6:45 Monday evening and were taken to Baptist South Hospital where they were pronounced dead. The Montgomery Police Department has said it believes the drownings to be accidental. The incident occurred at Cyprus Court Apartments, where the boys’ parents, Erika Basurto and Maurillio Garcia, reside. “Obviously, this is a very difficult time for the family, a heartbreaking ... Read More