Year: 2020

Worker in a chemical plant, who is at a high risk of suffering injury while on the job.

The detonation of certain volatile industrial chemicals can cause serious bodily injury, death, and significant property damage in the workplace and possibly over a larger area. Tons of potentially explosive chemicals are stored in workplaces across North Carolina. Depending on its size, a chemical storage explosion could create a significant…

self driving car research

Will the federal government’s new voluntary program for automakers to share test data about the development of self-driving cars provide much useful information? The Verge, an arm of the Axios media company that reports on technology, says that initial reports about self-driving cars in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s voluntary program are…

With the increasing number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases reported by our nation’s hospitals, it is easy to overlook the continuing violence perpetrated against hospital workers. A report published last year said that in healthcare institutions, “violent altercations are so common that most employees consider them to be simply part of the job.”…

You may have heard about experiments with self-driving trucks that could someday replace long-haul truck drivers. But what hasn’t received much attention is that the trucking industry is already using that unproven technology to ask for driver safety regulations to be relaxed. Pronto AI (Artificial Intelligence), a company developing truck…

As essential workers ranging from doctors and nurses to construction workers and grocery store clerks continue to report to work in North Carolina during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, many can be expected to contract the virus. Those who develop serious infections could face tens of thousands of dollars in hospitalization…

As two large defective product cases moved through U.S. courts, more injured consumers are coming forward to join 3M earplug lawsuits and Monsanto Roundup cancer claims. The number of individual claims alleging that 3M Company knowingly sold defective earplugs to the U.S. military more than doubled in the second half…

With the number of deaths linked to e-cigarette vaping reaching 55 and injuries topping 2,500 at the end of 2019, the FDA banned most cartridge-based e-cigarette flavors — including mint and fruity or sweet flavors — as of early February 2020, according to the CDC and the Washington Post. “Under this policy, companies…