One killed in industrial accident

A 66 year-old man was killed earlier this week after he suffered blunt force trauma to his upper body in an industrial accident at a shipyard.

The man was a full-time sandblast helper and all authorities are releasing about the accident is that it involved a sandblaster. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is expected to help in the investigation.

The industrial company has been fined considerably by OSHA since 2001. It has received citations for welding-related and electrical violations totaling nearly $6,000. A deadly explosion in 2009 killed two workers and injured two others. OSHA found 17 willful violations, eight non-serious violations, and 11 serious violations and fined the company $1.3 million in relation to the fatal blast.

Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victim involved in this tragic accident.

Four crew members still missing on Costa Concorida

25 passengers and four crew members are still missing as rescue efforts continue to on the toppled luxury cruise liner that capsized Friday night off the Italian coast.

The total number of passenger and crew member injuries are reported to be near 60. An Italian cabin steward suffered a broken leg and wasn’t rescued until 36 hours after the crash. The injuries crew members suffered have not been released.

The crash occurred after the captain maneuvered the ship too close to shore and hit the rocky ocean floor. He is currently on house arrest and faces charges of manslaughter, causing a ship wreck, and leaving the vessel before all people were evacuated.

Rescuers found five more bodies today, all believed to be passengers. Their identities have not yet been identified.

Elementary school employee injured, seeks punishment for principal

An employee of a Florida elementary school is speaking with the Florida school board about an incident in which he was kicked in the groin by a student. The man claims that the school’s prinicpal is at fault because she allowed the young student to bully classmates and staff.

The incident occurred last October, when the man was overseeing after-school detention. A young girl kicked the man in the groin, and he was severely injured. The man has claimed that, following the incident, the school’s prinicipal did not call authorities.

The superintendent of the district sent a letter of reprimand to the principal for not reporting the incident to authorities. However, the man believes that the principal should also be fired for acting negligently and allowing the incident to occur and is calling on the school board to enact a punishment on the principal.

If you or someone you love has been injured while at work, please contact the Des Moines workplace injuries lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.

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