Texas Air Bag Fatality

Small Houston Crash May Have Led to Texas Air Bag Fatality The Takata exploding air bag phenomenon has apparently reached Texas. Yesterday, Honda Motor Co. made an announcement that the driver of a 2002 Honda Accord who was killed in an accident just outside Houston earlier this month could be the latest victim of the infamous defect with Takata air bags, in which they explode and send shrapnel into the cabin. In…

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Hospital Medicare Fraud

  Chicago Hospital Medicare Fraud Case Now on Trial Sacred Heart Hospital in Chicago is in the midst of a  racketeering trial that could result in a major it to its reputation, as well as a large award to the whistleblowers who uncovered the alleged fraud in the first place. At the heart of the trial are two families, both of whom lost loved ones at the hospital, and who claim…

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Texas Motorcycle Crashes

Two Texas Motorcycle Crashes Prompt DPS Warnings For the most part, Texans seem to be enjoying the warmer-than-normal January temperatures we’ve been experiencing. With the warmer weather, however, comes more motorcycles, which means more motorcycle accidents. In Amarillo, for example, there have been with a serious pickup truck-motorcycle accident Tuesday; the second one in two days. On Monday at a little before 8 p.m., a 38-year-old driver of a northbound 2014…

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New USDA Poultry Standards

New USDA Poultry Standards to Reduce Salmonella and Campulobacter New federal testing standards have been proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for poultry producers, with the intention of reducing the number of cases of Salmonella and campylobacter that are found in raw chicken parts, such as breasts and wings, as well as ground turkey and chicken products. These new testing measures, which…

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Seed Mix Recalled

Organic Seed Mix Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination Sometimes, trying to eat healthy foods is harder than it sounds, because some foods meant to be healthy for you are sometimes contaminated with unhealty bacteria. The latest example of this problem comes courtesy of San Jose, Caifornia-based Freeland Foods Inc., after they issued a voluntary recall of their Go Raw Organic Spicy Seed Mix throughout the United States because the mix may…

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Eagle Ford Traffic Accident

Five Oil Field Workers Killed in Eagle Ford Traffic Accident Last week, five oil field workers were killed when their van slammed into a tanker truck full of crude oil on Highway 83 in Dimmit County. The crash, which occurred last Thursday at around 7 a.m, started when the tanker truck swerved in an attempt to avoid a pickup truck. That caused the tanker to roll over onto its side. It…

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Apples Recalled for Listeria

Fresh Granny Smith and Gala Apples Recalled for Listeria One of California’s largest apple growers, Bidart Bros. of Bakersfield, has issued a voluntary recall of Granny Smith and Gala apples after researchers were able to link the apples to a huge outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes all over the United States. Listeria monocytogenes has the potential to cause serious and occasionally fatal infections in many people, including small children, the elderly…

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OSHA Whistleblower Complaints

OSHA Whistleblower Complaints Set Record The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) set a record for fiscal year 2014, when it investigated more than 3,000 federal whistleblower cases for the first time in the agency’s history. That was 3,060 cases was 91 cases more than in FY 2013. While OSHA did not mention the number of whistleblower complaints that were rejected before engaging in an investigation, but a recent study…

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Texas Prison Bus Crash

The Texas Prison Bus Crash Near Odessa Kills 10 Yesterday, a Texas Department of Criminal Justice bus carrying a dozen prisoners and three corrections officers slid on some ice and plummeted from an overpass on Interstate 20 near mile marker 20 onto a set of railroad tracks below, where it was then hit by a Union Pacific train. The accident happened near Penwell, which is just outside Odessa, Texas. It left ten people dead,…

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Arizona Tour Bus Crash

Arizona Tour Bus Crash Injures 27 Last Thursday, a tour bus carrying 52 passengers flipped onto its side as it drove down a dirt road on an agricultural sightseeing trip just a few miles north of the Arizona-Mexico border. The accident left more than two dozen people injured. According to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, the bus had apparently been driving on a field-access dirt road, but while it attempted…

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Recall for Peanut Allergens

Veggie Burgers Mark Yet Another Recall for Peanut Allergens In the third such recall for roughly the same issue in less than a month, MorningStar Farms has issued a voluntary recall of some of their Spicy Black Bean Burgers and Chipotle Black Bean Burgers because the veggie burgers may include undeclared peanut allergens. According to MorningStar Farms, this is a “precautionary measure, which they made” after a third party supplier notified them…

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Latino Construction Deaths Rising

Analysis Shows Latino Construction Deaths Rising Based on a recent analysis of federal data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while the construction industry on the whole is becoming somewhat safer, the number of on the job fatalities among Latino construction workers has been on the increase. Not only that, but the fault seems to lie with their employers. According to the researchers who analyzed the data, between 2010…

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Metals Company OSHA Violations

Houston Metals Company Slammed With OSHA Violations Under both federal and state law, all employers, in Texas and elsewhere are required to maintain a safe and healthy workplace for all workers, regardless of the business they are in and regardless of the job a employee does. Despite the legal requirements, however, many employers still cut corners and put workers lives at risk. Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health…

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Honda Fined $70 Million

Honda Fined $70 Million by NHTSA for Delayed Reporting Honda Motor Company will pay a record automobile safety fine of $70 million, based on its failure to report at least 1,729 injuries and deaths that were linked to defects in its vehicles going back as much as eleven years. The fine comes in the form of two $35 million fines, since $35 million is the statutory maximum allowed by law. National Highway Traffic…

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H-E-B Soup Recalled

H-E-B Soup Recalled for Undeclared Peanuts San Antonio, Texas-based supermarket chain H-E-B has issued yet another voluntary recall of food because it may contain peanut allergens that were not declared on the label. This time, the recall targets several of their single serving soup products, as well as some soups served hot at their deli counter. According to its press release, the company is quick to note that there have…

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Texas Traffic Accidents

Children Killed and Injured in Two Texas Traffic Accidents The information was delayed by several days, the Texas Department of Public Safety on Monday announced that two children had died and several others were injured in a number of bad-weather-related accidents in and around Odessa, Texas in the last week. One accident occurred on Interstate 20 near mile marker 106, at around 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 30, when an eastbound Ford…

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General Motors Recall

2015 Begins With General Motors Recall for Ignition Switch Problem It turns out the transition into a new year doesn’t necessarily mean good tidings for General Motors. They kicked off 2015 in much the same way as they spent most of 2014; by issuing a new voluntary recall for safety issues. The latest recall, which involves nearly 92,000 of the company’s sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) and pickup trucks, was issued on New Year’s…

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