Pedestrian Accidents

A Spate of Pedestrian Accidents on Texas Roads This Week In recent days, there seem to be a significant number of pedestrian accidents involving cars or large trucks. For example, last Thursday, Ernest Lee Brown, a 55-year-old Vidor resident, was attempting to cross the south service road of Interstate 10 at State Highway 62 at about 4:45 p.m. He crossed in front of a truck tractor that was stopped at…

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Catheter Recall

Cook Medical Issues 4 Million Catheter Recall On Monday, medical device manufacturer Cook Medical issued a voluntary recall of more than 4 million catheters. This is actually a follow-up recall, as the company previously issued four recalls, covering more than 400,000 catheters. It is the largest recall in Cook Medical history. These catheters are typically used for vascular procedures like minimally-invasive urology or reproductive surgery. The recalls were triggered when…

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OSHA Whistleblower Protection

Ex-employee Gets $225,000 in OSHA Whistleblower Protection Case All employers, in Texas and elsewhere are required to keep all workplaces as safe and healthy as possible for the people who work there. When an employee finds a hazard on the job, they should bring it to the attention of the employer or at least an immediate supervisor as soon as possible. If they don’t respond, however, and alleviate the hazard, all…

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Riding Mower Safety

OSHA Looking Into Riding Mower Safety in Spate of Tragic Incidents Just within the last few weeks, at least three workers with landscape companies in Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas have been killed on the job when the riding mowers or tractors overturned into a stream bed or other source of water. This sudden spate of fatalities has caught the attention of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). For perspective,…

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Massive Chicken Recall

Presence of Foreign Objects Triggers Massive Chicken Recall Earlier this week, one of the largest chicken producers in the country, Waco, Texas-based Pilgrim’s Pride has issued a massive voluntary recall of approximately 4,568,080 pounds of fully cooked chicken products. This is a follow-up move; essentially, it’s an expansion of a previous recall ordered on April 7, in which 41,000 pounds of chicken nuggets were announced. That recall involved items that…

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Fiat Chrysler Recalls

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.1 Million Vehicles for Transmission Problem While the pace of vehicle recalls in 2016 is unlikely to beat the record of more than 60 million recalled in 2014, primarily because of the massive recall of GM vehicles for faulty ignition switches, this is still shaping up to be another significant year for recalls by car makers. The latest example came last Friday, when Fiat Chrysler announced that it…

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Food Safety Whistleblower Rule

OSHA Issues New Final Food Safety Whistleblower Rule It can’t be denied that among the people on the front lines of the fight for better food safety are food production workers, from field workers to grocery store clerks. However, when they see problems that may cause possible health problems for the people who consume the food they produce, they are often afraid to speak up for fear of retaliation by…

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Fruit Recall

Reports of Glass Pieces Triggers Fruit Recall at Walgreens When you buy healthy food for yourself and your family, you have every right to expect to be able to eat it safely, without injury or illness. However, sometimes there’s a problem and healthy food becomes unsafe. For example, if you buy fruit in jars at Walgreens, you might want to pay attention to the following. On Monday, Milky Way International…

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Ammonium Nitrate Danger

Three Years After West, Ammonium Nitrate Danger Lingers Texans recently marked the third anniversary of the deadly tragedy in West, Texas, in which the West Fertilizer plant exploded and caused massive levels of death and destruction. That happened on April 13, 2013, when a fire broke out at the plant and heated 30 tons of ammonium nitrate, which is also commonly used as an explosive. In the aftermath, there was a…

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GM Pickup Recall

Faulty Seatbelt Cable Leads to GM Pickup Recall If you are in an accident, you count on the various safety devices in your vehicle to limit injury to you and your passengers. Among the most important of those safety devices are the seatbelts At the end of last week, General Motors issued a voluntary recall for more than one million pickup trucks worldwide, including more than 895,000 of them in the…

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Catching Distracted Drivers

A New Tool for Catching Distracted Drivers The Hill Law Firm would like to remind everyone that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Our goal is to see to it that everyone gets to wherever they’re going safely, and we urge everyone to put away their cell phones while they’re driving and make everyone on the road safer. We all know that the Texas Department of Public Safety, local police…

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Infant Swing Recall

Fisher-Price Infant Swing Recall for Seat Problem When new parents buy products for their infant children, they rightfully expect the products to have been tested and determined to be safe for their child to use. Unfortunately, sometimes a manufacturer fails in their duty. Case in point: Due to a possible risk of the baby falling, Fisher-Price has decided to issue a voluntary recall on more than 34,000 of their infant cradle…

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Texting Bans

Study: Texting Bans Work Texas has the distinction of being one of only four states in the country that does not have in place a ban on texting while driving. And now, a new study sheds light on why we should perhaps insist on passing such a law. The study was conducted as part of AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign and what they found was truly frightening. When they compared…

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Tesla Recall

Tesla Recall Targets SUVs Just a week after the enormously successful announcement of the Tesla Model 3, the company has reminded us that creating a revolutionary car doesn’t mean they are not responsible for making them as safe as other cars on the road. After internal strength testing showed a problem with third-row seats of some Tesla Model X vehicles, the company has issued a voluntary recall for around 2,700…

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Texas Truck Accidents

Two Texas Truck Accidents Tie up I-35 Friday morning Within a two-hour span early Friday morning, there were two separate serious accidents on Interstate 35 near Kyle, Texas that involved a grand total of six 18-wheelers and two pickup trucks. In all, one man was killed and three others suffered serious injuries. The first accident happened a little after midnight Friday morning between Exit 213 and Yarrington Road, when an…

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Texas Airbag Fatality

Exploding Inflators Lead to Texas Airbag Fatality A rear-end collision that occurred on March 31 in Fort Bend County, near Houston, has taken the life of a 17-year-old Texas girl. According to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department, the crash was “moderate” and wouldn’t have caused any serious injuries. However, the exploding Takata airbag, which was supposed to save her life, is what apparently led to her death. If confirmed,…

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Texas FLSA Overtime Ruling

Gold’s Gyms loses in Texas FLSA Overtime Ruling According to a federal judge for the Western District of Texas, personal trainers who work at Texas locations of Gold’s Gym, which are owned by Gold’s Texas Holding Groups Inc., are not exempt employees, based on definitions laid out in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). What that means is, they are eligible to receive overtime pay. The owners of Gold’s Gyms…

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