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Wyoming man blames Roundup for his lymphoma diagnosis

A Wyoming man is suing Monsanto alleging the agrochemical company’s Roundup weed killer contributed to his non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) diagnosis. The federal lawsuit comes just six months after Monsanto was ordered by a California jury to pay a school groundskeeper $289 million after finding his exposure to glyphosate in Roundup was the cause of his terminal NHL. (Monsanto appealed and the award was reduced to $78 million.) The recent lawsuit involves the case of Jace Florquist, and is one of more than 8,000 filed against Monsanto alleging a link between glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, and NHL. According to ... Read More

U.S. Traffic Deaths Exceed 40K for Third Consecutive Year

U.S. traffic deaths exceeded 40,000 in 2018, the third year in a row that the number of people killed in traffic accidents surpassed the 40k mark. Additionally, 4.5 million people were seriously injured last year in traffic crashes, a 1-percent rise over 2017’s figures, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Although data shows that traffic deaths have dipped slightly since 2016 (40,327 deaths) and 2017 (40,231 deaths), the estimated 40,000 people killed in 2018 is still 14 percent higher than four years ago. The spikes in traffic deaths were found in Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania ... Read More

OSHA investigates death of hunting guide mauled by grizzly

On Sept. 14, Mark Uptain, 37, a Jackson Hole, Wyoming hunting guide for Martin Outfitters, headed out with a client into the backcountry of Terrace Mountain in the Teton Wilderness and bagged an elk. But the adventure turned into tragedy when a 10-year-old sow grizzly charged at Uptain. His body was found the next day by search-and-rescue crews. Five days later, the Wyoming Department of Workforce were on the scene investigating whether possible workplace safety violations may have contributed to Uptain’s death. “We do have an active investigation regarding this incident with Martin Outfitters, and the unfortunate attack that cost ... Read More

Maya Distribution recalls potentially tainted kratom powders, capsules

Nearly two dozen more kratom-containing capsules and powders are being recalled by Maya Distribution LLC under the Dragon Kratom label because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Maya Distribution’s recall is the latest in a string of kratom dietary supplement recalls due to to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to tainted kratom powders and pills. At least 87 people in 35 states have developed illnesses after consuming kratom, 27 of whom required hospitalization. The Food ... Read More

Flavored ice pops recalled due to listeria scare

Warmer weather is popsicle weather, but buyer beware. The Ziegenfelder Company is recalling about 3,000 cases of its Budget $saver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops because they may be tainted with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term woes like fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, but the illness can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautions. No illnesses or incidents involving the possibly ... Read More

Train Crash Probes Prompt Urgent NTSB Safety Recommendations

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued three urgent railroad safety recommendations amid its investigation of a deadly collision between an Amtrak train and a CSX freight train in South Carolina earlier this month and another ongoing train accident investigation. The NTSB, which is charged with investigating major transportation-related accidents, makes recommendations for safety improvements based on its findings, but it does not have the authority to enact or enforce new rules. Instead, the recommendations are issued to the proper regulatory authorities. On Thursday, Feb. 15, the NTSB issued one urgent safety recommendation to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) ... Read More

Coal Miner Deaths Surged in 2017 After Record Lows

The number of coal miner deaths surged in 2017 after hitting record lows in 2015 and 2016. Reporting federal labor statistics, the Associated Press said that 15 coal miner deaths were recorded in 2017. Eight of those coal miner deaths occurred in West Virginia mines; two of the deaths occurred in Kentucky; and there was one coal miner death each in Alabama, Colorado, Montana, Pennsylvania and Wyoming. The spate of coal miner deaths in 2017 is seen by some safety advocates and legislators as an alarming reversal of a coal mine trend brought on by policies instituted after the deadly ... Read More

FMCSA bars Washington trucking firm and driver from operating

Federal authorities have ordered a Washington-based trucking company and one of its drivers to immediately cease all in-state and intrastate operations after finding them to pose an imminent threat to public safety. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that the orders were given to Even Flo Logistics LLC of Tumwater, Washington, and Even Flo Logistics’ truck driver Shawn Roberts, who holds a Washington State commercial driver’s license. According to the FMCSA, in August 2017 the Washington State Patrol’s Motor Carrier Safety Division conducted a compliance investigation of Even Flo Logistics. That investigation was prompted by multiple roadside inspections ... Read More

Worker’s Severe Burn Injuries Lead to Hefty Fines For Employer

An employee of a Wyoming construction company suffered severe third-degree burn injuries when compressed oxygen triggered a fire inside the underground duct where the employee was working. The May 5 accident prompted an investigation that led to nearly $250,000 in fines for the construction company and a Montana-based general contractor. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the accident was tied to safety failures that exposed workers to burn injuries and a multitude of other hazards at a Glendive, Montana work site. An OSHA investigation found that Coleman Construction Inc. of Rock Springs, Wyoming, which employed the injured worker, ... Read More

Produce packer’s recall spurs chain reaction of recalls

Dozens of vegetable products are being pulled from grocery store shelves across the country after California-based Mann Packing announced it was recalling several of its products due to concerns that the vegetables had been contaminated with listeria, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and people with compromised immune systems. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. Mann Packaging’s recall spurred a chain of recalls from other companies who carry or use Mann Packaging’s produce products. Meijer, a Midwestern chain similar to Walmart, recalled nearly 20 different ... Read More