Listeria and Caramel Apples

Listeria and Caramel Apples Lead to a CDC Warning Officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a warning to consumers to avoid eating  commercially produced and pre-packaged caramel apples for now. The warning was issued after officials tied the consumption of the caramel apples with an outbreak of Listeria that has hit 10 states so far, including Texas. So far, the outbreak has led…

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Fracking Silica Standards

New OSHA Fracking Silica Standards Put Employers on Notice The oil and gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking) boom in Texas and elsewhere has led to a proliferation in the use of silica sand, which is commonly used with water to break up the shale underground and release the oil or gas. And because of serious health concerns over workers breathing in silica, this increased use has sparked concern on the part of the…

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Texas Motorcycle Crashes

Texas Motorcycle Crashes Are All Too Common According to a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper’s report, a motorcycle crash on U.S. Highway 190 about a mile west of Killeen Saturday night, Dec. 13 took the life of 37-year-old Gabriel Anthony Rascon, from Copperas Cove. At about 9:35 p.m. state troopers were dispatched to the scene after someone called in a report that motorcycle travelling westbound left the highway and…

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Bicycle Helmets Recalled

46,000 UVEX Bicycle Helmets Recalled for Lack of Safety All bicyclists, whether they’re occasional riders or cycling enthusiasts, are encouraged to wear a bicycle helmet every time they ride. The reason is simple; when the bike or we fall over on pavement or rocky terrain, the danger to our most important organ, the brain, can be considerable, and include severe brain damage or even death. The helmet takes the impact…

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Texas Workers Killed

Texas Workers Killed in Dallas Tower Fire The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are in the process of investigating a fire that occurred at the Thanksgiving Tower in Dallas on Thursday, in which three workers became trapped in a 35-foot-deep chiller tank described by witnesses as “dilapidated.” The three deceased workers were later identified by the Dallas County medical examiner as Oscar Esparza-Romo, 36, Luis Carrillo-Solorzano, 43, and…

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Airbag Recall Expanded

Honda, Nissan Takata Airbag Recall Expanded After a Takata-made airbag ruptured in a junked Toyota subcompact vehicle at a scrapyard in Japan last week, Toyota Motor Corp. announced that it was expanding and stepping up its recall for the problem. This week, carmakers Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. have also announced that they will broaden the scope of their recall of vehicles equipped with these airbags. According to Honda,…

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Frozen Enchiladas Recalled

Frozen Enchiladas Recalled for Possible Salmonella Open Nature Frozen Chile Cheese Enchiladas have been recalled by Overhill Farms, Inc. of Vernon, California because of the possibility that at least one ingredient in the product may have been contaminated with Salmonella. According to the company, their supplier of organic cilantro disclosed to them that routine testing had revealed possible Salmonella contamination. This product is sold at Safeway and Safeway-owned stores nationwide, including…

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Air Purifiers Recalled

Air Purifiers Recalled for Possible Fire Risk Consumers buy air purifiers with the intent of removing particles, dust and allergens from indoor air in their office or home, not to create a fire hazard that could make their health and safety at risk. Therefore, a recent recall seems to be quite disturbing. According to an joint announcement from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada, Japanese manufacturer…

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Texas Workplace Injury Statistics

Texas Workplace Injury Statistics Show Slight Improvement There is a bit of good news for Texas on the workplace injury front, although the numbers are still troublesome. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the incidence rate of nonfatal injuries and illnesses in private industry in Texas saw a slight dip in 2013, to 2.6 incidents per 100 equivalent full-time workers. The rate was 2.7 in 2012. Moreover, the rate…

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Seafood Plant Shut Down

Unclean Seafood Plant Shut Down Earlier this week, a federal judge from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ordered a Los Angeles, California seafood manufacturing company to shut down its operation until it’s cleaned up. According to papers filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, the facility in question, owned by Neptune Manufacturing Inc., produces and distributes ready-to-eat smoked and pickled seafood products. The plant has…

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Honda Expands Airbag Recall

Honda Expands Airbag Recall Nationwide Although Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata has refused to expand the scope of its recall of vehicles equipped with its airbags to the entire nation, Honda has decided to expand the recall of its vehicles to comply with a request from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to do just that. The recall involves drivers’ side airbags that are equipped with faulty inflators, which can…

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Texas Crash Devastates Family

Fiery Texas Crash Devastates Family from New Mexico When a terrible traffic accident happens in Texas, families are often left devastated and heartbroken. After a head-on crash that occurred on a highway near Vega, Texas, a family from Hobbs, New Mexico is feeling exactly that, because the crash killed four members of the Torres family, with only one 14-year-old member of the family surviving. According to the Texas Department of…

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Bexar County Drunk Driving Accidents

This Week Features a Rash of Bexar County Drunk Driving Accidents This week has not been a stellar one when it comes to injuries and fatalities involving drunk drivers on Bexar County, Texas roadways. Last Saturday at about  4:30 a.m., the driver of a pickup truck, Leslie Celeste Leicht, simply stopped her Ford F-250 pickup truck for some unknown reason on eastbound Interstate 10 near Boerne Stage Road. That caused 47-year-old…

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Thanksgiving Driving

Bad Thanksgiving Driving Makes It Deadliest Holiday of the Year It may seem hard for many to believe, but since the US Department of Transportation USDOT) has been keeping records, the deadliest holiday of the year for traffic accidents is not New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day or  the Fourth of July. No, it’s Thanksgiving. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a number of factors,…

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Grain Bin Accidents

Grain Bin Accidents May Set New Record According to a new report from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, this year could very well be the deadliest year nationally for grain engulfment accidents since 2010, which currently holds the record for the number of grain engulfment fatalities. Every year, Purdue compiles and publishes a summary of grain-related entrapments and engulfment nationwide. The number of reported incidents this year had already…

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California Bus Accident

California Bus Accident Kills One, Injures 30 On Sunday, a tour bus that was on a trip from Los Angeles, California to Pasco, Washington veered off a highway in Northern California, causing it to roll over, landing on a frontage road upside-down on its roof. According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident, which occurred on Interstate 5 around 7:30 a.m. about 100 miles south of the Oregon border, left…

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Texas Chemical Leak Fatalities

Broken Valve at DuPont Plant Leads to Texas Chemical Leak Fatalities Last Saturday, November 15, an accidental release of the chemical methyl mercaptan, at a DuPont Chemical plant in La Porte, Texas resulted in the deaths of four workers. As a result, the plant is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Despite the fact that methyl mercaptan is an extremely poisonous gas, as…

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