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Nyrstar Mining's Young Mine Fire Sends 5 Workers to Hospital

Fire Incident Occurs Just A Few Weeks Following FMSH Violations
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Department of Labor’s Federal Mining Safety and Health Division
Issued 13 Citations for Variety of Violations in Dec

Young Mine in Strawberry Plains was the site of a underground fire on Wednesday that resulted in three miners spending an hour trapped on the wrong side of the blaze. Young is owned by Nyrstar Tennessee Mines and their representative, Renata Roberts, confirmed on Friday, December 30, that only the portion of the mine where the incident occurred is shut down. All other parts of Young Mine are operational, after a one day shut down, and employees are continuing to work. She stated that five miners were transported to Jefferson Memorial Hospital following the fire, two initially, followed by the three trapped miners, and that one of the initial two stayed in the hospital overnight and was released on Thursday morning. The others were treated and released. According to Roberts, smoke inhalation was the main cause of concern, though those who sought medical attention have since returned to work. The incident is being investigated by both Nyrstar and the Department of Labor’s Federal Mining Safety and Health Division. Amy Louviere, a Department of Labor spokesperson, stated that the FMSH is currently investigating the incident at Young Mine, though no determinations have been made as to the cause of the fire. The FMSH will conduct interviews and gather physical evidence at the scene. They will also issue citations based on information that is gathered regarding possible violations that contributed to the fire. Young Mine was inspected as recently as mid December and received 13 citations for a variety of violations, however no penalty has yet been assessed in regard to those violations. The mine’s record of violation varies and though the most recent inspection resulted in several citations, a verbal hazard complaint inspection in August garnered no citations. That August inspection came on the heels of a regular inspection earlier in the month that resulted in 8 citations, according to the Mine Safety and Health Administration who conducts and records inspections. The 13 citations received a few weeks before the fire are the highest total of citations that Young has received in an individual inspection since December 2010, when they, again, received 13 citations. Nyrstar representative Roberts declined to release the names of the trapped miners or the two that were transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation. She stated that the Company does not intend to disclosed their identity in the future. Department of Labor representative Louviere stated that the FMSH does not have the names of the miners in question, however that information is generally supplied by the mine operator.


Iran Claims First Nuclear Fuel Rod
By: Jake Depew, Jefferson County Post Staff Writer

On Sunday, January 1, 2012, Fars News Agency, an Iranian news agency, reported that Iran has completed production of its first fully functional nuclear fuel rod. The uranium fuel rod was successfully tested and placed in a research reactor in Tehran. Tensions have been on the rise between many world powers and Iran over their nuclear program. Still, Iranian officials declare that the nuclear program is for civilian energy only. These statements have done little to quell existing fears, as the International Atomic Energy Agency has expressed “deep and increasing concern about the unresolved issues regarding the Iranian nuclear program.” The Islamic republic has denied working towards military adaptation of nuclear power and has ignored repeated demands to halt its production of enriched uranium, stating that doing so would be detrimental to the welfare of the country’s citizens. It is expected that many more talks will occur between Iran and other world powers over the fate of the country’s nuclear program. More exact details over the scope of the nuclear program should be revealed at those times.

The FDA is informing the public that an additional concentration of liquid acetaminophen marketed for “infants” (160 mg/5 mL) is now available. This change in the concentration will affect the amount of liquid given to an infant, and should be especially noted if someone is accustomed to using the 80 mg /0.8 mL or 80 mg/mL concentrations of liquid acetaminophen.

BACKGROUND: Over-the-Counter (OTC) Liquid acetaminophen is used to temporarily reduce fever and relieve minor aches and pains due to the common cold, flu, headache, minor sore throat, and toothache. Acetaminophen is marketed under brand names such as Tylenol, Little Fevers, Triaminic, Infant/Pain Reliever, Pedia Care, Triaminic Infants’ Syrup Fever Reducer Pain Reliever and other store brands (e.g., Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens brand, etc.).

This change in the concentration will affect the amount of liquid given to an infant, and should be especially noted if someone is accustomed to using the 80 mg /0.8 mL or 80 mg/mL concentrations of liquid acetaminophen. In addition to this change in concentration, this product may also be packaged with an oral syringe instead of a dropper.

RECOMMENDATION: Read the Drug Facts label on the package to identify the concentration of the liquid acetaminophen (in mg/mL), dosage, and directions for use. 

Use the dosing device provided with the product in order to correctly measure the amount of liquid acetaminophen to be given. Healthcare professionals should provide directions to patients that specify the concentration and dose of liquid acetaminophen that should be given to a child.

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm 
Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178


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