Santa Rosa sting nets 13 unlicensed contractors accused of seeking to defraud fire victims

More than a dozen unlicensed contractors face potential criminal charges for attempting to defraud Santa Rosa residents looking to rebuild homes destroyed in October’s wildfires. The sting started when investigators responded to ads posted on Craigslist offering services for framing, carpentry, electrical work and plumbing for fire victims. Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Crews starting to speak up about Hollywood’s grueling hours & drowsy-driving problem

Studies by groups ranging from the Centers for Disease Control to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration show cognitive impairment comes from lack of sleep. Actors, actresses and crew members now are speaking on the record about the dangers of long hours and sleep deprivation and are asking the film and television industries to […]

Cancer-stricken Texas fireman’s workers’ comp claim denied

A veteran Mission, Texas fireman, who was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma last fall, is battling the city’s insurer over the denial of his workers’ compensation claim. The Texas Municipal League cited a study’s finding that firefighters are only at significant risk of developing three specific types of cancer: testicular, prostatic and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The […]

NTSB faults Amtrak’s safety culture in fatal 2016 crash

The National Transportation Safety Board last week reported that more than two dozen unsafe conditions existed at a Philadelphia-area work zone where an Amtrak train struck a maintenance backhoe last April, killing a backhoe operator and a supervisor and injuring around 40 passengers. NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt said Amtrak’s approach to safety had created a […]