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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Kosher Chicken Kills One, Sickens Several Others

An outbreak of Salmonella illness that caused one death and at sent at least 17 others to the hospital for treatment has been linked to raw chicken products packaged and sold by Empire Kosher brand, federal health authorities announced. Although the outbreak of Salmonella illnesses linked to the chicken started nearly a year ago, health officials investigating the outbreak only recently discovered that those sickened had eaten kosher chicken. When asked what brand of chicken they had consumed, the patients reported eating Empire Kosher brand. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said its Food Safety and Inspection Service arm ... Read More

Truck Driver Awarded $5.4 Million After Amputation Accident

A federal jury in West Virginia ordered two trucking companies to pay a commercial truck driver more than $5.4 million after his foot was severely crushed on the job and he was forced to undergo a partial leg amputation. According to Land Line mag, plaintiff Richard Edwards Jr., a commercial truck driver, was helping his boss, David McGowan, to load metal pipes onto his truck with a forklift. Mr. Edwards drove trucks for McElliotts Trucking, a Huntington, West Virginia-based trucking firm owned by Mr. Edwards. Mr. McGowan first secured the forks of the forklift to a strap that wrapped around ... Read More

VA tree service worker killed on the job

A Cana, Virginia tree service worker was killed after suffering a traumatic brain injury when a tree limb fell on his head. Lefty Michael Ogle, 60, was a 16-yer employee with Carter Utility Tree Service. His sister, Sherry Holt, told The Mount Airy News, that “Lefty was on the ground and his partner was in the bucket. Lefty had moved from the safe zone. His partner hollered, but they were both wearing earplugs. He had his hard hat on, but (the tree limb) crushed his brain.” Carter Utility Tree Service owner Dwayne Carter said the Department of Labor was investigating ... Read More

Opioid Use Disorder Quadruples Among Pregnant Women

Opioid use disorder (OUD) in pregnant women remains a serious concern among public health officials, who continue to fight fraud and abuse associated with the potent painkillers. Now a new study shows that the number of pregnant women with opioid abuse disorder more than quadrupled between 1999 and 2014. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the alarming trend, published Aug. 9 in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, was measured in pregnant mothers at the time of labor and delivery. Researchers used medical data from the 28 states that keep the records relevant to the ... Read More

NTSB releases preliminary report on deadly helicopter crash

The Robinson R44 helicopter that crashed into a Williamsburg, Virginia condominium building in July, killing a 91-year-old resident of the building and the 85-year-old pilot, appeared to be flying level as it approached the Bristol Commons neighborhood before suddenly taking a nosedive and crashing into the two-story building, according to an early report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The helicopter, piloted by Henry Schwartz, climbed to about 1,700 feet and was heading north about 110 knots – or 127 mph. A minute and a half into the flight, the aircraft suddenly pitched to the right, nosedived and ... 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

Some Hyundai and Kia Drivers Reporting Flames, Explosions

Federal auto safety regulators said they are “reviewing” reports that certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles are catching fire for unknown reasons, sometimes burning into unusable, charred ruins. That’s what happened to a Virginia woman’s 2012 Kia Soul. Michelle Belcher told Richmond’s WTVR Channel 6 that her son Bailey was driving the Kia Soul home from work when he noticed smoke coming from the vehicle and pulled over. Outside the vehicle, he noticed the glow of fire underneath the vehicle and  “the whole car went up in flames, it was crazy,” Bailey Belcher told WVTR. Neither Hyundai, which owns about a ... Read More

Dual engine failure may have caused medical helicopter crash

A medical helicopter en route to a hospital in Oak Lawn, Indiana, that cashed July 7 into a grassy median along Interstate 57 at Interstate 94, may have been caused by the failure of both engines, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The helicopter had taken off from St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, and was about five miles shy of its destination, Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, when the pilot made a right turn after requesting they return to the airport in Gary. Less than a minute later, the pilot called for ... Read More

Del Monte Vegetable Trays Linked to Second Midwest Cyclospora Outbreak

Del Monte vegetable trays have been linked to one of two separate outbreaks of cyclospora parasite in the Midwestern U.S., public health officials warn. Combined, the cyclospora outbreaks have sickened at least 400 people in every Midwest state along with Montana, Kentucky, and West Virginia. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 237 cases of cyclosporiasis in people who ate vegetables from Del Monte Fresh vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, and dill dip. Reports of illnesses linked to cyclospora-contaminated Del Monte vegetable trays came from Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Of the people sickened after ... Read More

Giant Hogweed Plant Leaves Virginia Teen With Third-Degree Facial Burns

A Virginia teen is recovering from third-degree burn injuries he developed after coming in contact with a Giant Hogweed plant while working a landscaping job. Alex Childress, 17, of Spotsylvania, was clearing vegetation on the job July 12 when he thought he was feeling the effects of a sunburn on his face. He continued working throughout the day, not realizing the actual danger he was in, Newsweek reports. When he returned home, he took a shower and found the skin on his face and arm was peeling away, much like it would after a severe sunburn. His mother, a nurse ... Read More