Five Things You Need to Know: 11/1, Thursday Edition


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1) Former Track and Field Captain Talks Sports, and her Path to Becoming SC’s Work Comp Commissioner

Aisha Taylor was recently interviewed by ESPNW about her journey from track and field captain of the 2002 NCAA national championship team to Commissioner of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. How does sports transition to workplace safety? “…It also teaches you how to manage people. When you're on a team, you see all kinds of different personalities. The same thing is true for the workforce. Now I can work with almost everyone. It made that transition to leadership in the workplace a lot easier,” Aisha Taylor told Ericka Goodman-Hughey of ESPNW. “…It gives you the confidence to enter new spaces and expect to perform well, as you've always performed well in your sport. It helped springboard me into my professional life.”

2) The Weeknd Avoids Serious Injury After Stage Equipment ‘Rains’ Down, Just Missing His Head

While musical artist The Weeknd was crooning away at a recent concert in Mexico City, he could have been seriously injured, writes Scott Baumgartner of ET. “…a piece of stage equipment fell just inches away from his head as he was belting out his 2016 track, ‘Party Monster,’” per the article. But it seemed The Weeknd artist, real name Abel Tesfaye, took a humorous approach when posting on Instagram. “’Mexico forecast: Stormy with a chance of falling objects,’ he captioned a still of himself performing above a clip of the object narrowly missing his head,” per the article.

3) TX: Lawsuit Alleges Bee Removal Went Awry Because of ‘Defective’ Ladder

Houston resident Carlos Hernandez has filed a lawsuit against Beck Lake House, LLC and Andrew Grams, after he allegedly fell from a ladder while attempting to remove a bee hive for the company, writes John Suayan of the Southeast Texas Record. “…While using the ladder, the suit says, Hernandez fell from the top of the ladder ‘due to a loose and defective ladder rung,’” per the article. No details were available on the amount of monetary damages requested by Hernandez. A jury trial was also requested.

4) IL: Daughter Files Lawsuit After Father was Allegedly Exposed to Asbestos on the Job

Belleville-based Shelly Middleton, on behalf of her father’s estate (Francis Middleton), has filed a lawsuit against Armstrong Pump Company, Cleaver-Brooks, Zurn Industries LLC and other defendants, alleging asbestos exposure on the job, writes Lhalie Castillo of the Madison-St. Clair Record. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2018, and died. “…The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and economic damages of not less than $50,000,” per the article.

5) PA: Minor Dietary Aide Files Lawsuit Against Former Rehab Employer, Alleging Assault/Battery

Dietary aide and Pittsburgh resident TH (a minor aided by her parent Danielle Hall), has filed a lawsuit against the Center for Rehabilitation and Health Care LLC and Denise Turner, her former employer and supervisor, alleging assault/battery, writes Philip Gonzales of the Pennsylvania Record. “…Turner allegedly assaulted, battered and intentionally inflicted emotional distress at her place of employment and defendant Forbes failed to properly investigate and respond to plaintiff's report of assault and battery by defendant Turner,” per the article. TH and Hall request trial-by-jury, damages at more than $35G, punitive damages, interest and any other relief.

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