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Tennessee OSHA Chief Says Recent Deaths ‘Alarming’

The head of the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration says a spike in on-the-job fatalities last month is “alarming.” TOSHA administrator Steve Hawkins tells WPLN-FM four of the 10 deaths in July were on construction sites. Most of the …

Demolition of West Virginia Flood-Damaged Homes Begins

The West Virginia Army National Guard over the weekend began tearing down homes ruined by floods in June. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wants those communities to rebuild with a long-term focus on diversifying their economies. Maj. Gen. James Hoyer told …

FEMA Wants Proof Before Repaying $30M for Retrofitted Mississippi Homes

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it won’t repay Mississippi for nearly $30 million spent to retrofit homes after Hurricane Katrina unless the state can prove the money was well spent. The state failed to provide documentation for the program, …

Jurors in Mississippi Get Oil Spill Fraud Case Against Lawyer

Texas lawyer Mikal Watts and six other people each had plenty of opportunity to know they had a fake client list and were pursuing bogus claims after 2010’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill, prosecutors told Mississippi jurors Wednesday in closing …

NFL Teams Move Away from Using Scissor Lifts for Filming

Mike Perkins has spent countless hours filming Jacksonville Jaguars practices from a scissor lift about 50 feet in the air. It was uncomfortable, even downright scary, at times. Strong wind, sideways rain, nearby lightning, Perkins has experienced all of it. …

Derelict Vessels Targeted by New Florida Law

The “Class Action” has seen better days but none appear recent. The modified Alaskan-style trawler epitomizes the definition of a vessel at risk of becoming derelict, its weather-beaten deck is scant inches above the lapping waves of the Ortega River …

Alabama Among 6 States That Don’t Regulate Amusement Park Rides

Alabama remains one of six states with no inspections of amusement parks after the death of a 10-year-old boy who was killed in a water slide accident in Kansas. Safety advocates have questioned whether state and federal oversight were sufficient, …

Tennessee Ferris Wheel That Dropped Girls Had Worn Out Rivets

Worn out rivet fasteners on a Ferris wheel are being blamed for an overturned gondola at an eastern Tennessee fair that earlier this week sent three girls plummeting more than 30 feet to the ground. The Tennessee Department of Labor …

Private Inspectors in Charge of Tennessee Fair Ride Safety

Government investigators have not yet determined how a Ferris wheel seat flipped over at a Tennessee county fair, sending three children plummeting 30 to 45 feet to the ground. But the accident that left a 6-year-old girl with a traumatic …

El Faro ‘Black Box’ Recovered

Search crews have retrieved the “black box” from the wreckage of the freighter El Faro that sank in 15,000-feet of water near the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin last year, officials said Tuesday. Using a remotely operated vehicle in the pitch …

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