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Widow Sues Colonial Pipeline For Husband’s Death in 2016 Explosion

The widow of a Colonial Pipeline contract worker who was killed near Pelham, Alabama when a section of leaking pipeline exploded is taking Colonial and other defendant companies to court, alleging they knew the pipeline was in a dangerous state of disrepair but neglected to take even the minimal safety precautions to protect their workers. Beverly Kay Willingham’s husband, Anthony Lee Willingham, was one of two workers who died when the Colonial pipeline exploded on Oct. 31, 2016. The deadly blast occurred as crews worked to repair a section of the pipeline that had failed the previous month, releasing more ... Read More

$33 million verdict stands for man injured in processing plant fire

A $33 million verdict awarded to a man who was badly injured on the job in a 2014 fire at Georgia Pacific Wood Products South was entered into a final judgment by a Texas state court judge despite bids to reject the verdict from two companies found liable in the case. Ralph Figgs claimed he was badly burned and suffered brain damage during an explosion that occurred while he was working at the wood processing plant. As a result, he developed post traumatic stress disorder. In April, a jury found AirCon Corp. held 51 percent of the responsibility for Figg’s ... Read More

NTSB: Biloxi Bus Crash Caused By Railroad, City Safety Failures

A deadly tour bus crash in Biloxi, Mississippi, that killed four people last year was likely caused by the failure of CSX Railroad and the City of Biloxi to address a railroad crossing they knew to be dangerous, federal investigators said. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in its Aug. 7 preliminary report of the bus crash that nearly two dozen vehicles have become “grounded” at the crossing where the bus crash occurred last year, yet neither the city nor the railroad took action to correct the hazard. On March 17, 2017, a chartered bus operated by ECHO Transportation ... Read More

CSX, Biloxi both at fault in fatal tour bus crash

CSX Transportation and the City of Biloxi, Mississippi were both found responsible by federal safety regulators for a train crash involving a tour bus that killed four people and injured 38 others. The March 2017 crash occurred when the bus got stuck on a steep rail crossing. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the accident and found the probable cause of the crash was “the failure of CSX Transportation and the City of Biloxi to coordinate and take action to improve the safety of the Main Street grade crossing, a high profile vertical crossing on which motor vehicles were ... Read More

OSHA Fines Patterson-UTI for Deadly Oklahoma Gas Rig Explosion

Safety failures triggered a massive explosion at a Patterson-UTI drilling site in eastern Oklahoma earlier this year, causing five workers to die of severe burns and blast injuries. Now federal regulators have assessed penalties of more than $118,000 for UTI-Patterson and two other companies involved with the drilling site. The explosion and subsequent fire occurred Jan. 22 on a Patterson-UTI drilling rig near Quinton, Oklahoma. It was the largest and deadliest drilling blast to occur since BP’s Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. The remains of the five workers who died in the explosion were ... Read More

Amazon accused of resisting compensating injured employees

Amazon is allegedly refusing to file worker’s compensation paperwork, unexpectedly cutting off paid leave, and forcing employees to sign non-disclosure agreements or statements saying they weren’t injured on the job in exchange for compensation, according to a new report from The Guardian. The news article features the story of a 49-year-old woman who claims she injured her back last year while working at a defective workstation in an Amazon warehouse in Texas. Afterwards, she says she went to Amazon’s medical triage area where she was treated with a heating pad for her back. She says the injury limited the range ... Read More

No injuries reported in Ohio hot air balloon crash

A hot air balloon participating in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Balloon Classic in Canton, Ohio, cashed into a high-tension power line while trying to land Saturday evening, sparked and caught fire, causing about $2,000 worth of damage to the balloon. The pilot was the only one aboard the balloon. No injuries were reported. The Canton Fire Prevention Bureau is investigating the cause of the crash. “It just sounded like a cannon,” said Diane Fete, who captured the immediate aftermath of the accident on camera. “It blew up… and it broke in half. There was fire in the balloon ... Read More

Man Sues ZTE For Devastating Cell Phone Fire

A New Mexico man whose Chinese-made ZTE smartphone caught fire as it was charging overnight has filed a lawsuit against a U.S. subsidiary of the manufacturer, alleging the phone’s defective design burned his home and all his possessions and left him with crippling burn injuries. According to the Albuquerque Journal, plaintiff Jose Perez filed the lawsuit in the Judicial District Court in Santa Fe last week. He seeks compensatory and punitive damages for economic losses, future medical expenses, and future pain and suffering, among damages. Mr. Perez says he was charging his ZTE Zmax Pro Blu phone overnight next to ... Read More

Surge in recent helicopter accidents prompts action from industry group

Four fatal helicopter accidents have occurred in the United States and Puerto Rico between June 29 and July 8, marking the worst surge of fatal accidents in the past six years. The slew of accidents has prompted the United States Helicopter Safety Team to issue a letter to the helicopter community stating, “It is appropriate timing for some straightforward reminders that can contribute to safe flying.” “The U.S. helicopter industry just endured the worst 10-day stretch of fatal accidents observed since late 2012,” the letter stated. “None of the individuals involved in these tragic events woke up that morning thinking ... Read More

Fewer men using testosterone therapy following FDA warnings

Fewer men in the United States are using testosterone replacement therapy following a stark decrease from 2013 to 2016 over concerns with over-prescribing and health risks, according to researchers with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Testosterone treatments, including AbbVie’s Androgel, were heavily touted by drug companies as cure-alls for so-called Low T, a contrived condition caused by an age-related drop in testosterone levels that leads to symptoms such as low sex drive, weight gain, muscle loss and fatigue. The ad campaign resulted in hundreds of thousands of prescriptions for the male hormone supplement. Testosterone replacement therapies are ... Read More