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4k-wallpaper-asphalt-clouds-2790391-300x200An I-4 construction worker was hit by a 7,000-pound pipe last Friday in the latest mishap at the Central Florida highway construction project. The highway, currently under reconstruction in Orlando, Florida, is a $2.3 billion project. 

According to the report by the Orlando Fire Department, it was around 1:40 PM when the incident occurred on the site, located between North Hughey Avenue and West Robinson Street. Upon being hit by the 60-foot long pipe, the worker suffered a leg injury.

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adult-agbiopix-agriculture-2889093-300x200This week, on September 17th, 2019, the Trump administration passed a new food inspection policy in Washington, DC that has raised concerns about worker safety. The policy now allows an increase in slaughter line speeds in all US hog processing factories.

According to the Human Rights Watch, increasing the slaughter line speed is threatening worker lives and putting them at risk of severe injuries. The policy, known as the “Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection” rule, was announced by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). FSIS belongs to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

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A Facebook Live post showing a Gainesville Louisiana Popeyes branch went viral on August 20th, 2019 after an injury was reported on camera. A man trying to order a chicken sandwich was told that part of the restaurant was shut down because an employee named Tara was injured and had to be taken to the hospital. It is not yet known if the employee or the franchise has hired a lawyer.

The video did not indicate how the injury occurred, but it did show that the man was waiting for about 30 minutes before he was told the restaurant had been shut down. The Facebook user reported that “the Popeyes here in Gainesville, Florida just shut down because the manager got overwhelmed with the sandwich orders and collapsed in some grease.” 

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Norma Lopez Cedillo, the President of Nuvo Contractor, Inc., was arrested for committing workers’ compensation fraud last week. Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced Cedillo’s arrest on August 13th, 2019, stating that Cedillo had been avoiding paying almost $737,000 in workers’ compensation insurance premiums for the previous six months. It is not yet known whether Cedillo has hired an attorney

The company reported a profit of nearly $5.5 million in the last year, but claimed a payroll of only $103,000 on their workers’ compensation policy. The investigation against Cedillo by Patronis’ Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Fraud showed that she had concealed payroll information to avoid paying higher premiums. 

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