April 11, 2011

Broadway Spider-Man Play Charged with 2 Safety Violations

The New York State Department of Labor has issued two safety violations against the Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”.  The violations were issued as a result of the accidents last year that involved an actor falling more than 20 feet during the show and two other performers sustaining injuries while rehearsing a sling-shot technique.  It is reported that no financial penalties had been levied.  However, the producers must continue to follow safety protocols […]
November 8, 2010

Drill-Bit Piece Left in Patient's Head Leaves Prominent Hospital with Headache

A prominent Rhode Island hospital says a piece of a medical drill bit was accidentally left in a patient’s head during a procedure, which broke off and was not accounted for at the end of the procedure, and later had to be removed. The hospital says it has suspended the doctor and operating-room team involved.  The drill bit “was subsequently identified through diagnostic imaging,” removed from the patient two days after the original procedure and […]
October 1, 2010

US Labor Department’s awards $500,000 in Mine Safety Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced it will award $500,000 in grant funds to six organizations that provide education and training within the mining industry, to focus on mine emergency prevention and preparedness for all underground mines. The grants program was established through a provision in the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006.  “Training is one of the most important components for preparing miners, rescue teams […]
September 2, 2010

SeaWorld fined $75,000 for Animal Trainer Employee’s Death

SeaWorld has been fined $75,000 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for three safety violations. One such violation has been classified as willful, after the death of one of its animal trainers in February 2010.   The agency’s investigation report “revealed that SeaWorld trainers had an extensive history of unexpected and potentially dangerous incidents involving killer whales at its various facilities, including its location in Orlando”.  The agency’s report also stated […]
August 26, 2010

Sea World WhistleBlower: Trainer Death Caused by Park’s Negligence

Former SeaWorld safety chief Linda Simons claims she was fired for talking too much to federal investigators following the February death of trainer Dawn Brancheau by the killer whale Tilikum. Simons, who started work at SeaWorld in Orlando one week before the drowning, has filed a federal whistleblower complaint.  Simons says that just two weeks before the drowning, SeaWorld held a safety drill that went so badly – staffers did not show up or barely […]