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Family of Florida medical flight crash victim sue helicopter’s owners, operator

The family of a medical technician who was killed when the heart-transplant helicopter he was on crashed December 26 is suing the helicopter’s owners and operator saying they hope others may be spared having to experience such a “horrible, horrible” loss. The daughters of 57-year-old David Hines, a Mayo clinic organ procurement technician, filed the wrongful death lawsuit against Abraham Holdings, the helicopter’s owner, and SK Logistics and SK Jets, the aircraft’s operators. Pilot E. Hoke Smith, the 68-year-old owner of the SK companies, was flying the Bell 206B helicopter to Gainesville, Florida, on an early morning mission to retrieve ... Read More

Winter weather poses special dangers for employers and workers

Winter weather presents special hazards to anyone who ventures outdoors, but for many workers the dangers of freezing, icy conditions loom especially large. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employers and workers who engage in winter cleanup and recovery operations, even such tasks as seemingly harmless as clearing snow from a business walkway or entrance, should always take care to protect themselves and those for whom they are responsible. National Weather Service data shows that about 70 percent of injuries during winter storms result from vehicle accidents, and about 25 percent of injuries result from being ... Read More