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Jury Awards $289 Million to a Man Who Claimed Monsanto’s Roundup Weed Killer Gave Him Cancer

San Francisco jurors ruled that Roundup, the most popular weed killer in the world, gave a former school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson terminal cancer. They awarded him $289 million in damages. Most of the award was aimed to punish the agricultural company Monsanto. Johnson’s victory could set a massive precedent for thousands of other cases claiming Monsanto’s famous herbicide causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Johnson’s case was the first to go to trial because his terminal cancer was in its last stages and his doctors said he was near death. In California, dying plaintiffs can be granted expedited trials. Monsanto Vice President...

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OSHA Proposed New Crane Safety Rule

Crane accidents can result in serious and even fatal accidents. One way to prevent these tragic accidents is to make sure crane operators are adequately trained and certified. After multiple complaints from the construction industry about the lack of proper training and certification, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration finally proposed some changes. On May 18, 2018, OSHA proposed an update to its crane safety rules. OSHA changed certain provisions and added new minimum operator competency requirements. The agency further proposed to remove a current provision requiring multiple certification levels based on an equipment’s lifting capacity. In its place,...

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103 Uber Drivers Accused of Sexual Assault in 4 Years

Uber advertises itself as providing safe rides home. But a CNN investigation found at least 103 drivers have been accused of sexual assault or abuse over the last four years. One particular victim says she feels anxiety and depression after seeking a safe ride home by using the convenient Uber app, but instead getting assaulted. Her Uber driver is charged with felony sexual battery and is facing trial. This victim is one of many. The CNN investigation uncovered dozens of similar cases. None of the information comes from Uber, which refused to provide any data on how many of...

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5 Passengers Killed In NYC Helicopter Crash

On Sunday, March 11, 2018, just after 7 p.m., a helicopter, owned and operated by Liberty Helicopters, crashed into the East River in New York City. Five people were confirmed dead. Only the pilot was able to free himself and escape. The five passengers were tightly harnessed in the helicopter, which was found submerged upside down in the river. The New York Fire Department had to dive into the water to remove the five passengers from the helicopter. Two of the passengers were found dead on arrival, while the other three were taken to the hospital in critical condition....

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OSHA Delays Crane Operator Certifications

A booming construction industry also brings a significant rise in the number of construction related accidents. Construction accidents and deaths jumped 240 percent from 2011 to 2015.  This streak shows no sign of slowing down – nationwide. One of the most common and deadliest types of construction accident is a crane accident. In an effort to specifically reduce crane accidents, OSHA has spent many months working on a new rule requiring crane operators to be certified. This new rule was supposed to go into effect on November 10, 2017. On November 9th, OSHA published a Final Rule that effectively...

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