ktla.com - Two successive accidents involving a total of nine big rigs backed up traffic Tuesday morning on Interstate 5 in the Newhall Pass. The driver of a dump truck was traveling south in a truck bypass lane on I-5 at Highway 14 when he lost control about 2:20 a.m., causing a collision involving four big rigs, the CHP said. Traffic behind the accident began backing up, and a short while later, five big rigs approaching the scene collided. Emergency crews had to extricate one of the big rig drivers, who was trapped with the entire dash of the semi on his lower extremities. He was taken to an area hospital in stable condition with minor to moderate injuries.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
 
Channel3000.com - An ambulance crashed in rural Grant County while transporting a patient to the hospital, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators said the ambulance from Hazel Green was dispatched Wednesday to help a person who had collapsed. The ambulance was taking the patient to a hospital when it went into the ditch on the east side of Rock Cut Road and tipped on its side at about 12:38 p.m. The driver, Ryan C. Fields, 25, lost control of the ambulance on a sharp curve, according to deputies.
Friday, October 19, 2012
 
wjla.com - A “flash fire” at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia has left one person in serious condition and two others with minor injuries. Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Firefighter Laura Rinehart said that the incident is being described as a “gas related flash fire” that took place in the breakfast prep area of the kitchen. The fire happened at nine Thursday morning. The area has since been reopened. The patient in serious condition is being described by authorities as a chef, and was taken to the burn center at MedStar Washington Hospital and the others were taken to area hospitals.
Friday, October 19, 2012
 
WDSU.com - A man was killed and another was injured in an accident involving an elevator at the Cargill Grain in Bridge City. The incident happened at the Cargill Grain in the 900 block of River Road Tuesday about 4:30 p.m. Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies said the men were working in the elevator shaft when a cable snapped and the elevator fell on them. Jeffery Feucht, 44, of Kenner was pronounced dead at the scene. Steven Steel, 25, was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Cargill Grain is a producer and marketer of food and industrial products and services.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
 
WXII12.com - A factory worker was killed Tuesday in a workplace accident at Chipita America in Yadkinville. Terry Palmer, 42, of Winston-Salem, was killed in the accident, which happened around 7 a.m. at 500 Nonni’s Way. Palmer was caught in the machine after getting on a conveyor belt to fix a pan that got stuck, state occupational safety and health officials said. First responders were able to free Palmer and perform CPR, but he died a short time later, said Chief Bryan Southard with the Yadkinville Fire Department. NC OSHA officials said no more information would be released until the investigation is completed, and that could be 3-4 more months.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
 
Huffington Post - A body believed to be that of missing worker Robert Budhoo has been officially confirmed by police -- but may take days more to recover from the rubble of a collapsed parking garage on the Miami Dade College Doral campus. The instability of layers of collapsed steel and concrete have created serious safety concerns for those in the recovery effort, said Miami-Dade Police Det. Roy Rutland, and therefore it may be "additional days" before the remains can be removed from a "deep" location. Rutland said that because the body has not yet been recovered, it cannot be officially identified as Budhoo’s. But since the 53-year-old Tamarac man is the only person unaccounted for since the garage collapsed last Wednesday, a "totality of circumstances" have led investigators to believe it is him.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
 
CNN US - California authorities are investigating the death of a worker in an oven at a Los Angeles-area tuna processing plant. The victim, Jose Melena, was cooked to death in a steam oven at the Bumble Bee Foods plant in Santa Fe Springs on Thursday, said Erika Monterroza, a spokeswoman for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. Melena was a six-year veteran of the plant, which was shut down until Monday, the company said. "The entire Bumble Bee Foods family is saddened by the tragic loss of our colleague, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Melena family," the company said.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
 
WHDH.com - Three people were injured after an explosion at a dentist office at 9 Linden Street in Worcester. Worcester fire officials said the dentist, Stanley Levenson, was taken to UMass Medical Center with second-degree burns to his face and hands. “It’s very lucky in any incident like this, everybody came out standing up,” said Tom Gingras of the Worcester Fire Department. Investigators said a dental assistant was putting alcohol into a lamp used to soften a denture mold when there was some sort of a flashback.
Monday, October 15, 2012
 
Business Insurance - The California Supreme Court is set to review an appellate court ruling in Elayne Valdez v. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, a case that allowed doctors who are not part of an employer’s workers comp medical network to submit medical reports in comp cases. The high court’s seven justices voted unanimously Wednesday to review the Valdez case, according to the Supreme Court docket. The court will consider an unpublished ruling by California’s District Court of Appeal from last May, which allowed the admission of reports from doctors outside of medical provider networks.
Friday, October 12, 2012
 
Insurance Journal - The Institutes announced the offering of two new claims courses. The first course, Catastrophe Claim Fundamentals, teaches adjusters how to effectively process catastrophic claims. The second course, Workers Compensation Claim Practices, covers the policies and standards within the workers compensation system, as well as the techniques used to investigate coverage and medical issues.
Friday, October 12, 2012
 
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