About the Louisville Forklift Accident
Details on the accident are scarce, but police did say Batts was using the forklift to load a semi when the incident occurred. The events leading up to Batts’ death are still under investigation.
Employees told reports that Batts was new to the company, AAA Cooper Transportation, and had only joined the company a couple of weeks ago.
The company has declined to comment on the accident, but employees stated that their managers always stress safety as a top priority.
On the Job Injury Statistics
Following information provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
- 4,405 workers were killed on the job in 2013. This averages to 85 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths every day.
- Of the deaths recorded in 2013, 3,959 occurred in the private industry – 796 of those occurred in construction.
- Common causes of work related injuries included falls, struck by object, electrocutions, caught-in/between.
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A new study reported on by Reuters shows a strong link between those taking Parkinson’s medication and impulse control disorders.
About the Impulse Control Study
The study was conducted at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices in Alexandria, Virginia by Thomas J. Moore and his team.
All kinds of drugs were analyzed during the study to find which types caused the most impulsive control disorder side effects. Impulsive control disorders include behaviors such as obsessive gambling and shopping as well as hypersexuality.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Adverse Effect Reporting System (FAERS) was used to analyze around 2.7 million serious drug side effects recorded from 2003 to 2012 in the U.S. and 21 other countries.
Study Results & Details
According to the study, dopamine agonist drugs are 277 times more likely to cause impulse control symptoms than any other drugs.
1,580 impulse control disorder events were identified. 710 of these were associated with dopamine agonist drugs while 870 were due to other drugs.
Dopamine is a chemical which helps to regulate behavior, and, according to Joshua J. Gagne, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, medications can impact the way the brain uses dopamine therefore creating a lower threshold for impulsive behaviors.
Dopamine agonist drugs work by telling the brain that dopamine is present even when it is not. Drugs that fall under this category are pramipexole (Mirapex), ropinirole, cabergoline, bromocriptine (Cycloset), rotigotine, and apomorphine (Apokyn). These dopamine agonists are typically prescribed for Parkinson’s disease and sometimes for restless leg syndrome.
This link, however, has been recognized for over 10 years. And in many cases, once patients stop taking the drugs the impulsive behaviors also stops. A study posted on the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s website states that 14% of patients taking dopamine agonist medications have compulsive behavior.
Other types of drugs such as antidepressants or antipsychotics have some link to impulsive behaviors, but prescription drugs used to treat Parkinson’s disease have a much stronger link.
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Details of the Fatal Fire Truck Accident
According to reports by the Associated Press, the accident occurred near Helana, Montana on U.S. Highway 12.
On June 19th, Three Forks Fire Chief Todd Rummel was driving from Helana to Three Forks in a 2002 International fire truck. As Rummel was driving down the highway, the component which powers the wheels, known as the drivetrain, failed and caused one of the wheels to freeze up.
The fire truck veered into oncoming traffic and hit a pickup truck head-on. The driver of the pickup, Matthew Boegli, attempted to avoid the fire truck, but was unable to. The accident resulted in Rummel’s death. Boegli, his wife, Crystal Ross, and their three children were also killed.
Boegli’s toxicology report did show traces of methamphetamine in his system; however, this was ruled as not being a factor of the accident.
Montana Highway Patrol investigators released their findings sometime in August. Two weeks after authorities released their report, the company released a recall announcement.
About The Navistar Recall
Navistar Inc. released a recall announcement after an investigation that found the drivetrain was responsible for 5 accidents since 2008, not including the above mentioned accident.
International 4800 Trucks manufactured in June 1999 to May 2002 with Fabco TC-200 transfer cases are affected by the recall.
The driveshaft on these vehicles can separate causing a double Cardan joint to stop working, stopping the axle.
Currently, there is no solution for the defect, but the company is working to fix the issue. Consumers will be notified immediately once a solution is found. Dealers are currently removing defective drivetrains for safety precautions.
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