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Cancer incidence among firefighters: 45 years of follow-up in five Nordic countries.

Today’s post was shared by Linda Reinstein and comes from www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Firefighters are potentially exposed to a wide range of known and suspected carcinogens through their work. The objectives of this study were to examine the patterns of cancer among Nordic firefighters, and to compare them with the results from previous studies.

METHODS:

Data for this study were drawn from a linkage between the census data for 15 million people from the five Nordic countries and their cancer registries for the period 1961-2005. SIR analyses were conducted with the cancer incidence rates for the entire national study populations used as reference rates.

RESULTS:

A total of 16 422 male firefighters were included in the final cohort. A moderate excess risk was seen for all cancer sites combined, (SIR=1.06, 95% CI 1.02 to 1.11). There were statistically significant excesses in the age category of 30-49 years in prostate cancer (SIR=2.59, 95% CI 1.34 to 4.52) and skin melanoma (SIR=1.62, 95% CI 1.14 to 2.23), while there was almost no excess in the older ages. By contrast, an increased risk, mainly in ages of 70 years and higher, was observed for non-melanoma skin cancer (SIR=1.40, 95% CI 1.10 to 1.76), multiple myeloma (SIR=1.69, 95% CI 1.08 to 2.51), adenocarcinoma of the lung (SIR=1.90, 95% CI 1.34 to 2.62), and mesothelioma (SIR=2.59, 95% CI 1.24 to 4.77). By contrast with earlier studies, the incidence of testicular cancer was decreased (SIR=0.51, 95% CI 0.23 to 0.98).

CONCLUSIONS:

Some of these associations have been observed previously,…

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Inmate lawsuit accuses Casper jail of shoddy medical care

Today’s post was shared by The Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group and comes from trib.com

An inmate at the Natrona County Detention Center has filed federal and state lawsuits alleging the facility provided inadequate medical treatment for himself and others, along with committing other federal civil rights violations.

Jeromy Bray claims he was suffering from severe abdominal pain in November 2013 when he was sent to the jail’s infirmary. Once there, a nurse reportedly took his blood pressure before telling him he was fine and that it was “probably something you ate,” according to Bray’s complaint.

Bray states he told the nurse the pain had been going on for a week. The nurse allegedly told him he had an “inverted hemorrhoid” and that the only treatment available was to “drink a lot of water.”

“The nurse on duty came to this medical diagnosis without doing any tests other than blood pressure,” the complaint states.

Bray claims the pain became so great that while he was at the Central Wyoming Counseling Center about a month later, he was taken to the emergency room and diagnosed with a severe case of diverticulitis.

Diverticulitis is a painful condition caused when pouches in the wall of the colon form and then become infected, according to the Mayo Clinic’s website. It may be brought about by the lack of fiber in a diet, according to the site.

In his lawsuit, Bray claims medical providers in the jail are “deliberately indifferent” to the medical needs of the prisoners and that staff…

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Class action lawsuit alleges Sage Management charged illegal fees

Today’s post was shared by The Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group and comes from www.baltimoresun.com

Tenants at Sage Management apartments and townhouses in Baltimore filed a class action lawsuit Friday against the property management company for allegedly charging illegal late fees, according to a compliant filed in the city’s Circuit Court.

The 29-page lawsuit — which is open to current and former tenants since January 2004 — claims the company routinely charges tenants who are late on their rent a 5 percent penalty along with agent, court and eviction fees that trap the families in a cycle of debt.

"I have met dozens and dozens of Sage Management tenants from East Baltimore and West Baltimore; what they have in common is they come to us very confused," said Zafar Shah, a staff attorney with Public Justice Center, which filed the lawsuit.

"There is a hopelessness that the cycle is not going to stop. … This is a way to stop the bleeding."

Right to Housing Alliance also is helping in the effort to challenge Sage’s alleged practices.

Sage Management declined to comment about the lawsuit. According to its website, Baltimorevouchers.com the company owns nine complexes and specializes in affordable housing for families with Section 8 vouchers.

"We are committed to providing a safe, pleasant and healthy environment for all our clients," the website says. "Our company strives to tackle maintenance issues as quickly and as professionally as possible, always considering the tenants needs, safety and privacy."

The lawsuit, which…

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Lion Force Recalls Boys’ Puffer Coats Due to Strangulation Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Burlington Coat Factory

Today’s post was shared by The Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group and comes from www.prnewswire.com

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1973 and charged with protecting the American public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call the CPSC hotline at 1-800-638-2772, or visit http//:www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. Further recall information is available at http://www.cpsc.gov. (PRNewsFoto/U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION)
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1973 and charged with protecting the American public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call the CPSC hotline at 1-800-638-2772, or visit http//:www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. Further recall information is available at http://www.cpsc.gov. (PRNewsFoto/U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION)

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

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Recall Summary

Name of Product: Lion Force Boys’ Puffer Coats

Hazard: The jackets have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines about drawstrings in children’s upper outerwear. In 1997, those guidelines were incorporated into a voluntary standard. Then, in July 2011, based on the guidelines and voluntary standard, CPSC issued a federal regulation. CPSC’s actions demonstrate a commitment to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on neck and waist drawstrings in upper outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the garment…

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Wrongful death lawsuit settled for White Plains teen swept out to sea in Hawaii

Today’s post was shared by The Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group and comes from www.lohud.com

Tyler Madoff from the summer of 2011.
Tyler Madoff from the summer of 2011.
Madoff

HONOLULU — A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a White Plains teenager swept out to sea during a Hawaii hiking and kayaking tour has been settled.

Marianne Madoff, the mother of 15-year-old Tyler Madoff, told The Journal News on Tuesday night that there is no peace.

Im reeling because my child is not here, she said. I just want parents to have better questions to ask, and companies to honor what they advertise, so that children can be protected and safe. We dont send our children on trips to have risks. We send them to have an experience of a lifetime, and to be safe, and to come home.

Terms of the settlement, which was reached Monday with Bold Earth Teen Adventures and Hawaii Pack and Paddle, were sealed.

Tyler, a student at Scarsdale High School, was swept off the west coast of the Big Island on July 4, 2012.

His family filed a lawsuit in Honolulu claiming tour guides were negligent for leading teenagers to a dangerous area. They were hiking near the Captain Cook monument at Kealakekua Bay, where they had kayaked, when they stopped to rest at a tide pool and large waves washed Madoff away. The teens were led to an area thats out of a state-permitted area despite dangerous surf warnings, according to the lawsuit. The boys body wasnt recovered.

The bottom line is that Bold Earth did not do what they said theyd do and they did not take care of our child, Marianne Madoff said. And this shouldnt have happened.

Michael Madoff,…

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Poem That May Resonate for You

Today’s post comes from guest author Kit Case, from Causey Law Firm.

Connections brought me in touch with a poet from Eastern Washington, Charlie Hopkins.  I found that several of his poems describe work, workers, the aches and pains of growing older and the ties that bind us all together.  The following poem caught my eye:

MORNING PRAYER FOR CAROL

“Everything that touches you.” The Association

May she sleep well at night.
Wake without pain in her shoulder.
May her knee and hip not cry out, bringing her too soon
to this world.
May blue jays speak respectfully at her windows.

Let there be peace in her morning contemplation
a perfect cup of coffee in her hand.
May Carol enjoy everything she sees and hears, everything she touches
and tastes.
May she always delight in the face she sees in her mirror.

Let the first incident of the day that would disturb her peace
not happen.
Let her go at her own pace and never tire of beauty.
May beauty flow in her as mercy and as a joyful song.
May she enjoy her garden as she does her flying dreams.

May there always be harmony between us and trust and may our eyes
be creased with smiling.

You can find more of Mr. Hopkins work on his blog, “The Flood Plain – Poems by Charlie Hopkins” and in a published collection of his work, “I Need To Feel You Every Moment In My Heart”, available on lulu.com.

Sometimes, you meet the right person at the right time, even on the internet.

 

 

Cabrinha Kiteboarding Recalls H2 Binding Due to Risk of Injury

Today’s post was shared by The Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group and comes from www.prnewswire.com

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1973 and charged with protecting the American public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call the CPSC hotline at 1-800-638-2772, or visit http//:www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. Further recall information is available at http://www.cpsc.gov. (PRNewsFoto/U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION)
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1973 and charged with protecting the American public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call the CPSC hotline at 1-800-638-2772, or visit http//:www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. Further recall information is available at http://www.cpsc.gov. (PRNewsFoto/U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION)

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

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Recall Summary

Name of Product:  Cabrinha H2 Hydra Series Binding

Hazard: The binding can detach from its base while riding and lead to loss of control, which poses a risk of injury.

Remedy:  Replace

Consumer Contact: Consumers can send an e-mail to support@cabrinhakites.com, call Pryde Group Americas (PGA) collect at (305) 591-3922 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.cabrinhakites.com and click on Safety Alert under the Support tab at the top of the page for more information.  

Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Cabrinha-Kiteboarding-Recalls-H2-Binding/ 

Recall Details

Units: 57 in the U.S. and 5 in Canada

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$100M Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Bahamas Chopper Crash Withdrawn

Today’s post was shared by The Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group and comes from www.claimsjournal.com

A $100 million lawsuit filed against a Florida billionaire over a 2012 helicopter crash in the Bahamas that killed a prominent tax attorney has been withdrawn.

The widow of attorney Lance Valdez filed the wrongful death suit last month in Miami federal court against real estate magnate Jeffrey Soffer, but the woman’s attorney filed a voluntary withdrawal on Tuesday.

Soffer owns the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach and is married to model Elle Macpherson.

The lawsuit claimed Soffer was piloting the helicopter in November 2012 when it crashed on Great Guana Cay, killing his friend Valdez. The suit claimed Soffer and others covered up the fact that he was at the controls so Valdez’s widow and their three children were limited to a $2 million insurance payment.

An attorney for Valdez’s family did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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