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Texas man files lawsuit after getting sick from romaine lettuce

The first Texas lawsuit has emerged related to the romaine lettuce scare that has sickened dozens of people in 12 states due to E. coli contamination, according to the Southeast Texas Record. Brazos County resident Joe Stratta filed a lawsuit against Beef O’Brady’s Inc., and FSC Franchise Co. LLC, on Nov. 26, in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, alleging the companies manufactured and sold contaminated romaine lettuce. Stratta ate the lettuce in a Caesar salad at a Beef O’Brady’s restaurant in Crestview, Florida. Four days later, he allegedly fell ill with symptoms including “watery diarrhea and ... Read More

OSHA fines drilling company after explosion kills worker

Weatherford, Texas-based Legend Directional Services LLC was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and faces a more than $28,000 penalty, for violations of worker safety at the company’s Harpersville Reinforcement Project in Harpersville, Alabama, that resulted in a May 2018 explosion during which a worker was killed. OSHA investigators determined that the explosion occurred because flammable welding gases were stored in an unventilated storage container at the facility. When the now-deceased employee opened the container door, the container exploded. OSHA cited the drilling company for storing compressed welding gas containers and liquefied petroleum ... Read More

Four Infant botulism cases in Texas linked to honey-flavored pacifiers

Texas health officials are warning parents not to give children honey pacifiers after four infants were hospitalized with botulism infections. The four children lived in different parts of Texas, but all had been sucking on pacifiers flavored with honey that originated from Mexico. The babies fell ill between mid-August and October and all were hospitalized. Health officials say the honey may contain a bacterium that can produce a botulism toxin in the intestines of small children and attack the nerves and eat away at the organs. Symptoms of botulism poisoning include difficulty breathing, paralysis and death, according to the Texas ... Read More

Sheriffs deputy killed en route to high-priority water rescue

Waller County Texas sheriffs deputy Loren Vasquez was killed last week en route to a high-priority water rescue during storms in the area. She was last heard over the radio saying, “543 en route,” before her car apparently hit a patch of water in the road and went airborne, landing upside down in a water-filled ditch. Law enforcement arrived at the scene but had difficulty reaching Vasquez in her vehicle. “I can’t get the doors open. Can you break the window? I’ve broken a window. I can’t get the doors open,” said officers on the scene. Vasquez was eventually freed from ... Read More

Photo of lineman’s injury on the job garners thousands of shares

The photo is difficult to look at. A Texas lineman who traveled to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to help restore power in areas hit by Tropical Storm Michael suffered multiple broken bones in his leg and ankle after a tree trunk fell on top of him. Thomas Wesley Duncan was part of a crew that was attempting to clear a downed tree that struck a line when the tree fell on him. His wife, Kelly Duncan, posted on Facebook a photo of her husband taken after “the guys” got the tree off him and before emergency medical services (EMS) arrived. ... Read More

Helicopter Crash Kills Texas Newlyweds Departing Wedding

U.S. and Texas authorities are investigating a helicopter crash that killed a newlywed couple early Sunday morning after their Saturday wedding. William Troy Byler (“Will”) of Bellville, Texas, and Bailee Ackerman Byler of Orangefield, Texas, were just married when the helicopter in which they left their Oct. 3 wedding reception crashed in northwest Uvalde County, about 100 miles west of San Antonio. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating the helicopter crash. Both Will and Bailee were students at Sam Houston State University. Will was an Agricultural Engineering ... Read More

Worker Suffers Arm Amputation at Pennsylvania Toy Factory

Workplace amputation accidents continue to leave U.S. workers with debilitating, lifelong injuries that can adversely impact their ability to work and earn an income, despite federal and state efforts to raise awareness among employers about the work-related hazards that cause these crippling injuries. One of the latest examples of an on-the-job amputation accident occurred at an Elysburg, Pennsylvania toy manufacturing facility when a worker cleaning a machine suffered an arm amputation. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an employee of The Toy Factory became stuck in a machine when the amputation occurred. Although OSHA doesn’t elaborate ... Read More

Driver Used Prescription, Illicit Drugs Before Deadly Texas Church Bus Crash

A truck driver who collided head-on with a church bus near Concan, Texas last year was impaired by a combination of prescription drugs and marijuana, federal investigators said. In its Oct. 16 report, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the March 29, 2017, crash that killed 13 people and seriously injured two underscores deficiencies in leadership, law-enforcement training, and bus safety that should be corrected to help prevent similar accidents from happening in the future. The deadly crash occurred when Jack Dillon Young, the 20-year-old driver of a pick-up truck, crossed the center line of U.S. Highway 83, entered ... Read More

Roundup may be killing bee populations worldwide

The popular-yet-controversial weed killer Roundup, blamed for causing users to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, may also be partly responsible for killing bees around the world, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin. Roundup was introduced by Monsanto in the 1970s, and is now the most used herbicide in the world. It contains the active ingredient glyphosate, which in 2015 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) listed as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Monsanto has never warned consumers of this risk nor has it placed warnings on the product’s labels. According ... Read More

Worker killed after townhome collapses in Dallas

A worker was killed and five injured last week after the three-story townhome under construction they took shelter in during a storm collapsed on them, fire officials said. Raul Ortega Cabrera, 35, died at the scene. Those injured were taken to local hospitals for treatment, but their injuries were not considered life-threatening and involved bumps, bruises and fractures. Dozens of other workers were outside the townhome but were not injured. For safe measure, cadaver dogs were called in to search the scene, but no other bodies were found. Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans called the incident “devastating,” adding, “We are ... Read More