Five Things You Need to Know: 7/6, Friday Edition


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 1) OH: Former Nuclear Plant Workers Attend Health Fair

A recent health fair was held for former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion workers who worked at the nuclear plant in Piketon, OH, writes Mark Richard of the Portsmouth-Daily Times. “…The event was held at the Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Life Center, where local healthcare professionals met with the workers, including hearing, home health, medical, vision as well as legal services. In addition, Cold War Patriots supplied a box lunch, Bluegrass music, BINGO, door prizes and complimentary blood pressure and oxygen saturation test by Professional Case Management,” according to the article. Dayton plant workers from the Mound Plant were also in attendance. Cold War Patriots work to connect these workers with the right healthcare and compensation options, and community resources.

2) Missed Out on Last Week's Hot Seat? No Problem

Last Friday marked another Hot Seat webinar for the books, entitled “Rise of the Millennials: Passing of the Baton.” Moderators included President and CEO Bob Wilson and Deputy Chief Judge, Florida Office of the Judge of Compensation Claims David Langham. Panelists included Senior Editor of Premium Media (and Millennial) Dara Barney and Insurance Services Office, Inc. Director and Division Head Alfred Faber. Lively discussion topics included a need to “walk the walk” in the industry, vs. just “talking the talk,” and the different challenges each generation has encountered/will encounter in both the workplace, and work comp atmosphere. A replay of the session is available here.

3) IN: Altercation Ensues After Bizarre Hot Sauce Packet Situation at Taco Bell

A Goshen Taco Bell has gotten the media’s attention, but it isn’t about the food. It is about the hot sauce packets, though, according to Elkhart Truth and Fox 8. A woman ordered food last week, and was apparently disgruntled over the amount of hot sauce packets she received. Instead of just asking for more, the situation got a little heated. A pregnant employee was attacked, and choked. “…The victim denied medical treatment and police have no leads in the case,” according to the article. “Surveillance footage has not been released.”

4) PA Lawsuit: Log Splitter Malfunction Allegedly Leads to Worker’s ‘Horrific (Hand) Disfigurement’

Elduvin Benitez, out of Philadelphia, has filed a lawsuit against Timberwolf Manufacturing Corporation of Rutland, Vt., and Joan Buranich, John Buranich Jr. and John Buranich IV, all of Clarks Summit, alleging a log splitting manufacturer and property owners who loaned the equipment are to blame for an accident that led to the “horrific disfigurement” of Benitez’s right hand, writes Nicholas Malfitano of the Pennsylvania Record. “…The plaintiff claims the log splitter was unsafe and defectively-designed due to not having proper guarding, hand controls, safety features and operator presence-sensing control, thereby violating industry safety standards for such a device…” according to the article. “…For counts of strict liability, breaches of warranty and negligence against Timberwolf, the plaintiff is seeking compensatory damages in excess of $150,000, plus punitive damages, interest, costs and delay damages.”

5) IL: More than $50K Sought After in Asbestos Exposure Lawsuit

Belleville couple Larry and Linda Feitshans have filed a lawsuit against American Biltrite Inc., Dap Products Inc., Hedman Resources Limited, et al., alleging Larry developed lung disease from asbestos exposure on the job from 1956 to 1999, writes Lhalie Castillo of the Madison-St. Clair Record. The companies are accused of “…negligently included asbestos fibers in their products when adequate substitutes were available and failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions concerning the dangers of working with or around products containing asbestos fibers,” per the article. “…The plaintiffs seek compensatory and punitive damages of more than $50,000.”

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