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On the Warpath Against Independent Contractor Schemes FairWarining Reports

On the Warpath Against Independent Contractor Schemes

When National Consolidated Couriers, Inc., a Northern California delivery service, was under investigation by the U.S. Labor Department for possible wage violations, government officials told owner Tanweer Ahmed not to delete emails that could be evidence. At a deposition in February, Ahmed said he understood he was supposed to save his emails, according to the […]

Marsha Dau FairWarining Investigates

Jailhouse Medicine

A Private Contractor Flourishes Despite Controversy Over Inmate Deaths

In July 2011, a jailhouse nurse in Imperial County, Calif., found inmate Marsha Dau lying naked and dazed on the concrete floor. Charged with illegally transporting aliens, Dau, 58, recently had been exhibiting strange and aggressive behavior. For her own safety, the jail put her in an empty, beige cell with no clothes. Now, three […]

Asbestos Found in Imported Crayons and Toy Fingerprint Kits FairWarining Reports

Asbestos Found in Imported Crayons and Toy Fingerprint Kits

Asbestos has been found in several brands of children’s crayons and fingerprint kits made in China and sold in the U.S., according to tests commissioned by an environmental group. The findings are detailed in a report being released today by the Environmental Working Group Action Fund. It marks the third time in 15 years that […]

Courtesy of iStock FairWarining Investigates

Collision Course: With Wary Eye on Big Trucks, Bike Riders Seek Safe Space on City Streets

On a July afternoon in New Orleans last year, Philip Geeck was riding his bicycle in a marked bike lane on a busy street. Approaching an intersection, he came up alongside a tractor-trailer truck hauling a tank of chemicals. Geeck, 52, was at the 18-wheeler’s midpoint when suddenly, without signaling, the truck began to turn […]

Courtesy of Off-Highway Vehicle Association. FairWarining Reports

Off-Road Industry Looks to Congress to Put Brakes on Safety Regulation

Manufacturers of off-road vehicles have mounted fierce resistance to proposed federal rules aimed at reducing rollover crashes that have killed hundreds of riders. After failing to persuade the Consumer Product Safety Commission to shelve the rules, the companies have turned to Congress to run interference. Powered by an aggressive social media campaign and political donations, […]

A fatal motorcycle accident in San Diego County on Jan. 30, 2011. (CAL FIRE San Diego) FairWarining Reports

Feds Want to Run Flimsy Motorcycle Helmets Off the Road

After years of inaction, federal regulators are trying to crack down on the use of cheap novelty helmets linked to thousands of motorcycle crash deaths and injuries in recent years. The novelty helmets do not comply with federal safety standards, and provide little or no protection against head injuries in a crash. Still, as FairWarning […]

Study: Cancer Risk High for Firefighters, But Higher for Minority Firefighters FairWarining Reports

Study: Cancer Risk High for Firefighters, But Higher for Minority Firefighters

A new study has found that firefighters have a greater than average risk of developing some types of cancer, and that black and Latino firefighters face the highest risk of all. The findings by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the federal agency that researches work-related hazards, confirm previous research about firefighters and […]

Smoke (Still) Gets in Your Eyes at Many Job Sites FairWarining Reports

Smoke (Still) Gets in Your Eyes at Many Job Sites

Despite the flood of state and local laws since the 1990s to ban indoor smoking, millions of Americans still are exposed to secondhand smoke on the job. As a bulletin last month from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health pointed out, 20.4 percent of nonsmoking workers say they encounter secondhand smoke at least […]

Colgate-Palmolive Suffers Courtroom Loss in Asbestos-Talc Powder Case FairWarining Reports

Colgate-Palmolive Suffers Courtroom Loss in Asbestos-Talc Powder Case

Colgate-Palmolive Co. was ordered to pay $12.4 million in damages to a woman with a deadly form of cancer after a Los Angeles jury found that an asbestos-contaminated talcum powder was the main cause of her disease. The case was then settled today for an undisclosed amount as jurors were about to consider tacking on […]

Talc-Ovarian Cancer Link Sparks Growing Legal Battle FairWarining Investigates

Talc-Ovarian Cancer Link Sparks Growing Legal Battle

Deane Berg’s doctor called her in the day after Christmas, 2006, to give her the crushing news. She’d had her ovaries removed, the pathology results were back, and they could not have been much worse. Berg had stage III ovarian cancer, and her prognosis was poor. Despite her 25 years as a physician’s assistant, Berg, then 49, knew next to nothing about ovarian cancer. Grappling with the “why me?” question, she studied the risk factors […]