On August 21, 2017, Johnson & Johnson was the defendant in the largest talcum powder verdict of $417 million. A California jury awarded $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages. The plaintiff alleged that the talc-based product, Baby Powder, caused her ovarian cancer. She argued that Johnson & Johnson encouraged women to use the product for hygiene even though studies linked talc with ovarian cancer.… Read the rest
Recently, OSHA signed an agreement with Skanska USA and Walsh Construction (Skanska-Walsh) to protect the health and safety of the 1,600 construction workers hired to work on the redevelopment project of LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal Building. Skanska-Walsh is in charge of the $4 billion project. As an additional safety measure, Skanska USA has also signed a contract with the Building and Construction Trades Council to manage all of the construction zones.
According to Skanska-Walsh, safety has always been a major concern during this project. Out of 1,600 workers that are part of the redevelopment project, 1,200 are construction workers. The … Read the rest
Each year, fall festivals are held where patrons are able to enjoy food, music, and rides such as the Ferris wheel. While many believe these fall festivals are family-friendly and safe events, there have been a growing number of incidents resulting in death or serious injuries. In 2016, a study conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USPC), found that 31,000 people were injured on rides at festivals and fairs. Many of these injuries occurred due to ride malfunctions.… Read the rest