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Worker Safety: Even the Pope Recognizes the Problem

October 6, 2015

It’s tempting to invoke Pope Francis as a sort of political trump card for whatever position one might hold. He is, after all, the figurehead that so many people in the U.S. and around the world turn to for moral guidance. The problem is that those with the power to stir debate often focus on… Read More

A History of Asbestos Part I: Asbestos in Egypt and Ancient Times

October 6, 2015

The word “asbestos” originates from ancient Greece, from a term meaning “inextinguishable.” While the mineral fiber is now known to be dangerous – it is the only known cause of the deadly cancer, mesothelioma – it had previously been used for centuries because of its extraordinary qualities. It is soft, flexible, and resistant to fire…. Read More

Whistleblowers Say College Students at UC Davis Were Exposed to Asbestos

October 5, 2015

Whistleblowers at the University of California, Davis are claiming construction workers accidentally exposed students to asbestos hazards at several locations on campus, and that school administrators were aware of the presence of the carcinogenic mineral, yet encouraged the work to continue anyway. According to the allegations, the workers drilled holes through asbestos-contaminated ceilings and drywall… Read More

Construction Co. Fined Millions for Risking Migrant Workers’ Lives

September 29, 2015

Construction Co. Fined Millions for Risking Migrant Workers’ Lives In a case exposing risky practices in the construction industry, an Illinois company was slammed with nearly $2 Million in fines by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) for deliberately exposing a group of Mexican construction workers to asbestos hazards. “They spoke no English. He… Read More

Talc Toys Littered with Lethal Asbestos: Are Your Child’s Crayons Deadly?

September 28, 2015

Dora the Explorer™ coloring kits and Disney® crayons, among other products, have recently tested positive for trace amounts of asbestos, a lethal mineral fiber. The use of asbestos has been heavily regulated by the U.S. government since the 1970s, but new reports found traces of asbestos in numerous children’s toys. Many people are rightfully outraged… Read More

Shocking Scoop on Johnson & Johnson’s Shady Practices Is Revealed in New “DocuSerial”

September 25, 2015

Steve Brill, a highly regarded journalist, has collaborated with the Huffington Post to release an investigative, 15-part “DocuSerial” that delves into the corrupt business practices of Johnson & Johnson, specifically focusing on the antipsychotic drug Risperdal, which was marketed and sold to innocent Americans in spite of its documented risks and dangers. Titled “America’s Most… Read More

Powerful CEO Held Responsible for Death of 9 People and Injuries of Over 700 Others

September 24, 2015

Former CEO of the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) Stewart Parnell walked into an Albany federal courtroom on Monday awaiting sentence and left a prisoner. In the harshest penalty ever delivered to a corporate executive for a food poisoning outbreak, Parnell will spend the next 28 years in federal prison. Parnell is 61-years-old. In… Read More

32-Year-Old “Boy Genius” Hikes Price of Important Drug 5,456% Then Immediately Re-Lowers After Public Outrage

September 23, 2015

Patients, infectious disease medical professionals, and the general public have been protesting for three straight days against an unprecedented price surge of a drug from $13.50 per pill to $750.00 per pill. And rightfully so: Patients who use the 62-year-old medication Daraprim® (pyrimethamine), to treat their weakened immune systems – a condition caused by such… Read More

A.M. Castle Exposes Workers to Asbestos Hazards

September 17, 2015

A.M. Castle & Company, also known as Castle Metals, is a huge name in the metals and plastics industries. Castle’s goods are sold across the globe, and facilities are located throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. This year alone, A.M. Castle’s net sales are greater than $422 Million. Castle Metals has all the makings of… Read More

Pennsylvania Town Burdened by History of Asbestos Contamination

September 16, 2015

It’s tempting to think of asbestos as a relic of the industrial age, but this carcinogenic mineral is still widely used in industrial process throughout the U.S. Trace quantities of asbestos can be found in brake pads, pipeline wraps, vinyl flooring, certain articles of clothing, and there are currently few efforts to scale back its… Read More