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Several Passengers Injured In Long Island Railroad Train Derailment

Several dozen people were injured Saturday night when two Long Island Railroad trains sideswiped and derailed in Nassau County, N.Y. The accident occurred just after 9 p.m. when an eastbound Oyster Bay Line train carrying about 600 passengers struck a maintenance train laden with paint that may have been on the wrong track, shearing off sections of the train cars and forcing several of them off the track. Twenty-nine people were hospitalized for injuries, including four who sustained serious injuries. As many as 100 others were treated at the scene for minor injuries. Many of the passengers were trapped inside ... Read More

OSHA Tests New Method Of Reviewing, Processing Whistleblower Complaints

The U.S. Department of Labor said this week it is launching a pilot process in its Western region called the “Expedited Case Processing Pilot,” which enables a whistleblower complainant protected by certain statutes to ask the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to cease its investigation and hand over its findings for the department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges to consider. The move is possible only if the case meets certain criteria, but administrative law judges may order the same remedies as OSHA would, including back pay, compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, and job reinstatement. In announcing the new ... Read More

Feds Shut Down CT firearms Manufacturer, Bar Owner From Gun Industry

A Connecticut automatic firearms manufacturer and its owner pleaded guilty Tuesday to “egregious and systemic” federal firearms violations and agreed to sell the company and have no further ownership or management of a gun manufacturing operation, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut  Deirdre M. Daly announced. Mark Malkowski, owner of New Britain-based Stag Arms LLC, pleaded guilty on behalf of the company he founded in 2003 to a felony count of possession of machine guns that were not registered to him or to Stag Arms. Mr. Malkowski also pleaded guilty in federal court to a misdemeanor charge of failure ... Read More

Louisiana Trucking Company Hit With Steep Fines For Employee Endangerment

PORT ALLEN, La. – A Louisiana trucking company has been hit with nearly $160,000 in fines for federal safety violations uncovered by regulators investigating an employee endangerment complaint. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Transporter Maintenance and Inspection LLC, a Port Allen-based trucking firm with 33 employees, with more than two dozen violations for exposing its drivers to multiple safety and health hazards. Transporter Maintenance and Inspection is a subsidiary of L & B Holdings LLC. According to OSHA, Transporter Maintenance received one willful violation for requiring workers to top tanker trailers, yet did not provide them with ... Read More

Sysco to pay $20 million in fines for illegal storage of food in California

The nation’s largest food distribution company has agreed to pay nearly $20 million in fines and restitution after a California State investigation found the company improperly stored highly perishable foods in unrefrigerated and unsanitary sheds. According to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, Sysco Corporation and seven of its California affiliates routinely stashed seafood, milk, raw meat, and other perishable foods in unsafe sheds. Prosecutors allege Sysco trucks would deliver food orders to the sheds, where employees would later pick them up and deliver them to customers in their personal vehicles. The food orders went out to restaurants, hotels, ... Read More

Inspectors dismantling swing ride that injured 18 at Connecticut festival

NORWALK, Conn. — Investigators are dismantling a circular swing ride that failed during a summer oyster festival in Southern Connecticut Sunday in an effort to understand why the ride stopped abruptly, sending the riders hurtling into each other and injuring 18 riders. The “Zumur” ride, which consists of swings suspended from arms that raise and spin, was one of the featured ride attractions at Norwalk’s annual Oyster Festival. Connecticut State Troopers investigating Sunday’s incident say that some kind of mechanical malfunction in the drive system seems to have occurred while the ride was in operation. Stewart Amusement Co. bought the ... Read More

FDA launches program to stop importation of dangerous, ineffective drugs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has implemented a new pilot program designed to crack down on the import of contaminated, misbranded or unapproved drugs into the United States. The Secure Supply Chain Pilot Program will help ensure the safety of drugs manufactured outside the country, but will also help qualified drug companies in the program by expediting their approval processes so that the agency can focus on drugs not in the program that may need closer inspection to ensure safety. In order to qualify to be in the program, pharmaceutical companies must be the sponsor of a New Drug ... Read More

Consumer watchdog wants strong warnings placed on blood thinner Plavix

Consumer watchdog group Public Citizen is lobbying federal drug regulators to place a black box warning on the anticoagulant Plavix notifying that patients with drug-delivering coronary artery stents could die from a major bleeding event if they take the medication for more than a year. A black box warning is the strongest warning placed on prescription medication and is given to products that, based on medical studies, pose a serious or life threatening risk for adverse events. More than 25 million prescriptions for Plavix, and its generic equivalent clopidogrel, were written during the past year. The blood thinner is used alone ... Read More

FDA warns consumers against unapproved diabetes treatments

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to fall for products that claim to prevent, treat and even cure diabetes because they may contain harmful ingredients or be otherwise unsafe. These illegal products can pose an additional risk if they cause consumers to delay or discontinue effective treatments for diabetes. Without proper diabetes management, diabetics are at greater risk for developing serious health complications. The FDA has launched a new initiative to stop the sale of these bogus diabetes products and has issued warning letters to 15 companies to let them know selling these products is in violation of ... Read More

Supreme Court considers legality of drug companies’ pay-for-delay deals

An attorney for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urged the Supreme Court to stop so-called pay-for-delay deals among pharmaceutical companies that keep generic drugs off the market longer and keep costs to consumers high. “It’s unlawful to buy off the competition,” said Malcolm Stewart, an attorney for the FTC and the Justice Department, arguing that the practice among drug companies is “presumptively illegal.” The hearing will determine whether there is a violation of antitrust laws when brand name drug companies pay generic drug makers of the same drug to postpone launch of their products. New brand-name drugs to hit the market ... Read More