Five Things to Catch Up On: 7/22, Weekend Edition


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1) TX Hotel Employee Seeks $1M in Damages after a Workplace Accident Allegedly Leads to a Finger Amputation (FRIDAY)

Seyed Mohammed Shariat, out of Houston, has filed a lawsuit against Metro Hospitality Partners LTD, alleging a saw cut off one finger and hurt another while he was working at the Crown Plaza Hotel, writes Kristine Gonzales-Abella of the Southeast Texas Record. “…He alleges he was cutting aluminum railings to be installed in a room with a saw provided by the defendant that was old and rusty,” per the article. “…The plaintiff seeks monetary relief of no less than $1 million and such other and further relief to which he may be justly entitled.”

2) Secret Service Agent Suffers from Stroke, Dies while in Scotland with Pres. Trump (THURSDAY)

Nole Edward Remagen, a Secret Service agent for President Donald Trump, had a stroke on Sunday and later died while the crew was in Scotland, writes Patrick Smith of Buzzfeed News. He had 19 years of experience, according to the Service. “…On Wednesday, Trump and the first lady visited Joint Base Andrews to pay their respects, the White House said in a statement,” per the article. “…The Secret Service said more information would be released at a later time.”

3) NY: Reduced Comp Costs Could Lead to More than $1B in Savings (WEDNESDAY)

“The Business Council of New York State Inc. has touted the newly approved 11.7 percent reduction in loss cost rates, which are the basis for setting workers’ compensation premiums for 2019, as being significant toward workers’ compensation savings for most New York employers next year,” according to Insurance Journal. The state’s work comp system could see more than $1B in work comp cost savings, per a council press release. The state is also looking into adoption of a formulary.

4) WA: Asbestos Removal Co. Hit with Workplace Safety Citations and Fines (TUESDAY)

Above & Beyond Asbestos Removal, based in Edmonds, has been fined up to $229,700 and charged with multiple citations for “improper handling of asbestos,” according to a news release on the Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries website. “…In both (inspection) cases, the workers did not use proper safety equipment, required air sampling was not performed, and asbestos-containing material was left exposed to the public and was improperly taken through public areas. Asbestos-containing dust can harm both workers and the public until it is eliminated,” per the article. The window for Asbestos Removal Co. to appeal is a little more than two weeks.   

5) FL: Disney World Worker Injured on the Job Last Week (MONDAY)

Hours after Disney World’s Pop Century Resort employee Juan Alberto Ojeda died in an “industrial accident” last Monday ( coverage here), another male employee at the resort’s Animal Kingdom Lodge was hurt with “non-life-threatening injuries” on the job, writes Michael Bartiromo of Fox News (the AP contributed). The second accident is said to involve some sort of fall. “…Walt Disney World has said it is providing resources and care to those affected by both accidents,” per the article.


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