Author: Terry Bryant

Will Younger Workers Be Allowed to Do More Hazardous Jobs?

The Labor Department wants to loosen protections that prevent teenagers from working longer hours at hazardous workplaces by relaxing some long-held Hazardous Occupations Orders (HO). And even though it touts this new initiative as offering new jobs to younger people, some Democratic members of Congress are loudly questioning why the Labor Department wants to expand the […]

Is the Bar for Medical Device Approval Too Low?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving forward with its plans to establish a new medical device approval process in early 2019 which is supposed to make new products available sooner. But a chorus of critics says this is a dangerous move for patients because it makes an already dubious approval system even […]

Pasadena Plant Explosion Injures Numerous Workers

During the morning hours of May 19, dozens of workers at Kuraray America EVAL in Pasadena, Texas, were injured after a blown pressure safety valve caused a massive explosion and flash fire. Nearly 270 workers were on-site at the time of the blast. Most injuries from the incident were non-life threatening, and while most injured […]

Houston’s Historic Maxwell House Coffee Plant & Asbestos

In April 2018, Atlantis Coffee Solutions, owner of Houston’s classic Maxwell House Coffee Plant, announced it was going out of business and would be shuttering the establishment this summer. Layoffs of the plant’s 279 workers began in June. The one-million-square-foot facility had a longstanding history in Houston, opening in 1946 and stretching across 18 acres […]

Keeping Your Home Pool Safe: 5 Helpful Tips to Prevent Swimming Accidents This Summer

Last June, as temperatures were warming and summer was nearing its start, Olympic skier Bode Miller and his family experienced the unthinkable when their 19-month-old daughter accidentally drowned in a swimming pool in Southern California. Emergency officials arrived on the scene and attempted to resuscitate Emeline Miller, but she succumbed to her injuries the next […]

Impact of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) suffered as a result of an accident are often serious and tragic. Each year, TBIs account for 2.5 million emergency room visits, 280,000 hospital visits, and 50,000 deaths. Many forms of brain injuries can be associated with personal injury cases (e.g. motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-falls), criminal acts (e.g. assault and battery), and […]

Vape Pen Explosion Causes First E-Cig-Related Death in U.S

Florida authorities are still investigating the death of a man whose body was found at his home on May 5, after a vape pen apparently exploded in his face. The exact cause of death remains undetermined. The victim, 35-year-old Tallmadge D’Elia, suffered multiple injuries to his face, officials said. Firefighters were summoned by a 911 […]

Aggressive Driving Study Places Texas in Top 5 - Is It Accurate?

According to the Smartphone app GasBuddy, Texas ranks as the 4th worst state when it comes to aggressive driving. Gas Buddy defines “aggressive driving” as: cutting other drivers off, hard braking (sudden stops), and sudden acceleration/speeding. Texas’ Department of Public Safety (DPS) includes those behaviors and a few more, like following too closely (tailgating), in […]

Workers Beware of Rising Summer Temperatures

According to the EPA, extreme heat is the cause of more than 1,300 deaths per year in the United States. And it probably comes as no surprise that the weather experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have predicted a hotter than normal 2018 summer in much of the U.S. Whether or not […]

Do You Have a Fireworks Safety Protocol?

The Fourth of July holiday is here. That means lots of flags, food, and fireworks.  But every July 4th, tens of thousands of people, many of them teens and young children, are injured when they celebrate with consumer-grade fireworks. Despite the dangers fireworks pose, few people actually grasp the associated risks such as fires, and […]