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Contractors Cited for Wisconsin Gas Explosion

Federal authorities investigating a natural gas explosion that destroyed a city block of downtown Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and killed a business owner have faulted two utility contractors, alleging they failed to follow proper safety procedures before drilling underground lines. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) assessed one serious penalty each for Kansas-based Bear Communications and VC Tech of Michigan and proposed the maximum allowable fine of $12,934. Verizon contracted Bear Communications to run fiber optic cable lines under the city. Bear Communications subcontracted VC Tech to perform horizontal directional boring – a technique used in laying underground lines without ... Read More

Wisconsin Gas Explosion Victims Seek Justice

Three people harmed by the gas explosion that leveled an entire block of downtown Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, have filed lawsuits against the utilities and contractors they say are responsible for the deadly blast. Abigail Barr, the widow of firefighter Cory Barr, filed a lawsuit Dec. 20, the same day authorities announced there would be no criminal charges in connection with the blast. Mr. Barr was killed in the July 10 gas explosion that destroyed a bar he owned and several other buildings. According to the lawsuit, Mr. Barr was not on the premises to respond to the emergency. The blast ... Read More

Contractor Caused Deadly Gas Explosion in Canton, Illinois, NTSB Finds

A contractor drilling cable lines damaged a gas pipe, triggering an explosion in downtown Canton, Illinois, two years ago that killed one man and injured nearly a dozen others, federal investigators determined. The National Transportation Safety Board’s report on the Nov. 16, 2016, gas explosion pinned blame on Sure Shot Communications of Brimfield, Illinois, but also found the utility company Ameren failed to adequately evacuate the affected area once the breach was discovered. According to the Peoria Journal Star, Sure Shot violated a state law when it failed to excavate a concrete sidewalk atop the gas line before drilling. Illinois ... Read More

Jennie-O Recalls Raw Turkey Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

U.S. health officials have announced a recall of raw turkey products they say is linked to an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses in multiple states, including one death. On Nov. 15, Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC, of Barron, Wisconsin, announced it is recalling more than 91,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products. The recall was triggered when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) found a sample of Jennie-O raw turkey tested positive for Salmonella Reading – the same Salmonella strain linked to an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella infections that has sickened at least 164 people in 35 states, including one death in California. The ... Read More

Toddler Suffers Burn Injuries From Pressure Cooker Accident

An Idaho toddler is recovering from severe burn injuries he suffered when the contents of a pressure cooker erupted, showering him with scalding hot liquid and food. Two-year-old Chayse Bodily was in the kitchen with his mother Angela Bodily the evening of Sept. 9 as she was about to put the finishing touches on Sunday dinner. She told the Twin Falls Times-News that she released the pressure from the pressure cooker and removed the lid to add some potatoes to a roast that was nearly done. Without warning, a bubble that was trapped under the roast shot the contents to ... Read More

Wisconsin Manufacturer Settles Whistleblower Retaliation Complaint With OSHA

A machine operator who was allegedly fired in retaliation for reporting injuries that he and a co-worker suffered on the job at a Wisconsin manufacturing facility has been awarded $100,000 in back wages and compensatory damages. The judgment resolves a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor against Menasha, Wisconsin-based Dura-Fibre LLC under the anti-retaliation provision of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the court heard arguments that Dura-Fibre terminated the employee based on the company’s practice of assigning “disciplinary points” to employees who reported work-related injuries. The ... Read More

Two Risperdal cases allowed to seek punitive damages

Two boys can seek punitive damages from Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals on their claims that the company failed to warn them that its antipsychotic Risperdal could cause them to develop female-like breasts, a Pennsylvania judge ruled. The cases were a part of a mass tort program in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, where about 6,700 cases are pending. In May 2014, Judge New had issued a global order for the Risperdal mass tort program that because of Janssen’s business ties to New Jersey, the company could fall under that state’s law, which protects drug companies against punitive damages ... Read More

Construction worker sues company for on-the-job injury

Opening arguments began in a case of a Wisconsin man who sued a construction company for not providing a safe working environment at an elementary school in Chippewa Falls undergoing renovations. As a result, he claims he fell off a four-foot-tall scaffold and suffered injuries. Lon Johnson of Cameron filed the lawsuit against Eau Claire-based Market & Johnson in 2016 in Chippewa County Court seeking $175,000 in damages. He claims to have suffered his injury at Southview Elementary School on July 15, 2014. Court documents did not reveal the extent of his injuries. The school district is not named in ... 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

Questions Surround Contractor That Ruptured Sun Prairie Gas Main

The Michigan contractor that struck a gas main and caused a massive explosion in downtown Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, July 10 was not licensed to work in Wisconsin, state records show, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Kansas-based Bear Communications hired VC Tech Inc. of Michigan to install fiber optic cable lines under Sun Prairie, a Madison suburb of about 30,000 people. According to the Journial Sentinel, VC Tech was installing the cable using a drilling process called directional boring, which sets the lines underground without having to dig trenches, when workers struck the four-inch gas pipe. “We were doing construction ... Read More