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September 2012 Archives

Jury concludes cardiologist committed malpractice

Even the best doctors can make mistakes. Montana readers may be interested in a recent jury verdict that illustrates that point. The jury concluded that medical negligence by a prominent cardiologist led to the death of a 59-year-old woman after her surgery. Specifically, the jury found the doctor failed to adequately monitor a medication given to the woman following the surgery.

Oil field worker severely burned in tank explosion

A recent post in this blog talked about a class presented by OSHA to oil field supervisors to address safety issues in the oil fields. The need for such a class was brought home recently, when a 29-year old Utah man became the latest victim of an oil field accident.

Drunk driving fatalities on the increase in Montana

Last year the Montana Legislature enacted several tough laws intended to save lives by deterring drunk driving in the state. The laws included a no-nonsense 24/7 monitoring program, increased penalties and greater police authority. Unfortunately, in late August the Montana Department of Transportation released some disheartening news: fatalities in alcohol-related car accidents have increased this year over the same time last year.

OSHA hosts oil field safety class to reduce workplace accidents

Oil and gas exploration in Montana has led to the creation of numerous well-paying jobs in recent years. But hand in hand with the job growth has come an increase in oil field accidents. Recently, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration held a class to instruct oil field supervisors about safety risks in the industry.

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