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Regulatory Rollbacks Put Profits Over Public Health, Environment

Coal, oil, gas and other big industrial polluters are poised to make billions of dollars in added profits due to the Trump Administration’s environmental and safety rollbacks, but an Associated Press analysis of government records reveals the price Americans will pay in lives lost and health. The AP looked at 11 major rules on the Trump Administration’s chopping block and calculated the cost those regulatory rollbacks would have in terms of environmental and human health, using the administration’s own estimates. The news agency found an alarming upswing in the number of premature deaths, air-pollution-induced illnesses, climate-warming emissions, and severe train ... Read More

Panda Express Worker Suffers Burn Injuries in Kitchen Explosion

A worker suffered burn injuries in a suspected gas explosion in the kitchen of a Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Panda Express restaurant Nov. 5. Hawaii Fire Department Battalion Chief John Whitman told West Hawaii Today that the injured worker was taken to Kona Community Hospital for treatment of her burn injuries. A second person was also injured in the explosion, but the nature and extent of the injuries is unclear. The injured Panda Express worker told responders that she smelled gas after a rice cooker dropped on the floor in the kitchen area of the restaurant. When she bent down to pick ... Read More

DOL Proposes Rule Allowing Teens to Operate Powered Patient Lifts

If U.S. labor officials have their way, 16- and 17-year old teenagers will soon be allowed to operate powered patient lifts in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation clinics, and other facilities. The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed rolling back youth-employment provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) mandating that patient power lifts be operated by employees ages 18 and older. The proposed rule, published in the Sept. 27 Federal Register, would change the FLSA’s Hazardous Occupations Orders under to exempt powered patient lifts, effectively allowing all employees to operate the devices regardless of age. Powered patient lifts are devices ... Read More

Fireworks Season Brings Burn Injuries, Amputations, Surgeons Warn

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, doctors across the U.S. see a spike in the number of burns and blast injuries caused by fireworks. This year, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) is reaching out to the public with a reminder about the devastating injuries fireworks can cause, most commonly to the hands. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 11,000 firework injuries occurred in 2016. Hands and fingers accounted for one-third of the firework-related injuries, with the head and face being the second most common part of the body injured. “In ... Read More

Two Workers Die From Burn Injuries After Kansas Plant Blast

Two workers of a Kansas power plant who suffered severe burn injuries on the job Sunday morning, June 3, have died. According to KSNT News of Topeka, Kansas, the deadly accident occurred at the Jeffrey Energy Center located in St. Mary’s, about 40 miles northwest of Topeka. The two plant workers were identified as operations supervisor Craig Burchett, of Overlook, Kansas, and Jesse Henson of Manhattan, Kansas. The men were critically injured when a steam safety valve on a piece of equipment failed, filling the area they were in with pressurized steam and leaving them with fatal burn injuries, The ... Read More

Whistleblower will be compensated by roofing contractor for Wrongful Termination

A whistleblower who lost his job with a Georgia roofing contractor because he cooperated with federal safety authorities investigating the company will receive back wages and other compensation. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) filed a lawsuit against Jasper Contractors Inc. of Kennesaw, Georgia on behalf of a former safety director who claimed he was fired after he cooperated with an OSHA investigation by providing the agency with a statement and safety documentation. The federal agency was investigating safety-related issues concerning work the company was performing in Florida. OSHA alleged the roofing company violated the whistleblower or anti-retaliation ... Read More

Engine Fire Forces Delta Emergency Landing in ATL

A Delta Air Lines jet bound for London made an emergency landing in Atlanta Wednesday evening with one of its engines on fire. Delta Flight 30 had departed from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for London Heathrow just minutes earlier when it was forced to turn around with heavy smoke billowing from its engine. The Delta plane had been in the air just 20 minutes when the problem occurred. The airplane, an Airbus A330, landed safely in Atlanta with no injuries. Firefighters were awaiting the returning jet and immediately doused the engine fire when it landed. “Airport response vehicles met the ... Read More

Honda, Feds Investigating Teen’s Honda Entrapment Death

Honda Motor Co. is working with federal and local authorities in probing the accidental death of a Cincinnati teen who suffocated after becoming pinned by a bench seat in his Odyssey minivan April 10. Kyle Plush, 16, was initially well enough to call 911 after he became stuck in the third-row bench seats of the 2004 Honda minivan. He warned the emergency dispatcher that he felt he would die unless someone found him soon. Kyle had kneeled on the third-row seat so he could reach into the very back of the vehicle to retrieve his tennis gear. The bench seat ... Read More

Worker’s Accidental Death Blamed On Illegal Lift

New York City authorities are investigating a worker’s accidental death inside a Brooklyn food market April 2. The accident occurred at the KP Farm Market on Nostrand Ave. in East Flatbush and involved an illegal makeshift lift that was used to move deliveries between the upper and lower levels of the store. Authorities said that a delivery worker was killed when the makeshift lift collapsed on him. According to New York 1 News, preliminary reports from investigators indicate the rigged hoist used a system of chains and pulleys to move the lift between the basement level and the market floor. ... Read More

Accidental Amputation Leaves Deputy Sheriff Without Trigger Finger

A Michigan Sheriff Deputy suffered an accidental finger amputation and extensive damage to his hand while investigating a fire scene in Oakland County, Michigan. Detroit’s Fox 2 News reports that Deputy Tom Kangas, who works on arson investigations as a canine handler, got his right hand caught in the teeth of the grapple bucket on an excavator. The steel teeth clamped shut on his hand and mangled it. A GoFundMe fundraiser for Deputy Kangas describes the accident and amputation as “catastrophic” because it greatly affects his ability to perform his job. Surgeons tried to save the trigger finger on Deputy ... Read More