The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 17, 1991 · Page 16
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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 16

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Thursday, October 17, 1991
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B-4MetrO THE CINCINNATI ENQL'IRLR Thursday, October Burlington's Fernald firm miscalculated risk, radiation expert says KY BEN L. KAUFMAN Tte Cincinnati Enquirer " Former Fernald managers seriously underestimated radiation doses suffered by many workers, international consultant Bernd Franke testified Wednesday. Franke said this was true of past and present workers who are suing for $500 million, saying NLO Inc. intentionally exposed them to hazardous amounts of radiation and kept them ignorant of their risks. NLO ran the uranium processing facility from 1951 through 1986. Above the limits ; '. Franke said they had "uranium hxtheir lungs above the legal limits at the time." ;-Part of the problem, Franke said, was the company safety margin, which was 25 times higher than it should have been. Suing NLO are five former employees, one current worker, the spouse and a widow of former workers, and two subcontractors who spent time at Fernald. We have everything you need for babies! 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Paul De Marco and Stanley M. Chesley, two of the plaintiffs' attorneys, said if no one was hurt, then the statute of limitations never began running. They said Spiegel should give them the directed verdict and the case should move to the second stage in which a new jury will consider whether their clients deserve compensation for severe emotional distress and fear of an increased risk of cancer. Spiegel sided with NLO, saying the issue was whether enough information was available to the public, not what each plaintiff knew in 1985. The judge also said it would be unfair to make NLO admit injuring anyone to invoke the statute of limitations. The trial resumes today. same in every case, Mullis said. He would either flag down a cab or call to be picked up from various spots in the city and would always ask to be taken to the West End. Once stopped the cab was stopped, the robber would grab the driver from the back and put something against his neck, indicating that he had a weapon, Mullis said. He would demand money, force the driver out and drive the cab away. In most cases, the cab was later found a short distance away. Whalen said Tuesday that the task force of 30 Cincinnati police officers will work to attack street-level, stranger-to-stranger violent crime during the next six to 12 weeks. One of its first projects was finding the robber of cab drivers. WE 17, 1991 Fisher-Price Hop-Skip Jumper $2490 Sturdy doorframe locking clamp. Velcro waist restraint. Adjustable, washable seat. Our regular $29.75 BY CHRIS GRAVES The Cincinnati Enquirer Within 12 hours after Cincinnati Police Chief Lawrence Whalen announced the formation of a violent-crimes task force, two members of the unit made their first arrest. Acting on a CrimeStoppers tip, the task force officers with the help of District 1 investigators arrested a 27-year-old West End man in a series of robberies of cab drivers, said Lt. Clarence Mullis, commander of the District 1 investigative unit. Ellis Brown, of the 700 block of Clark Street, was charged Wednesday with two counts of aggravated robbery in the robberies Monday and Tuesday of Norwood cab drivers. He remained in the Hamilton County Justice Center on a tsifffliifla :im Factory Coat Cincinnati 485 Kemper Road Opposite Tri-County Mall 671-3111 Not affiliated with Burlington Industries. Open every day including Sunday. Fisher-Price High Chair $Q'" Includes $5 mail-i mW M mfg. rebate Oversize Iray keeps things where they're supposed to be instead of on the floor Folds flat for storage Our regular $69 75 Sale Price: $54.95 Fisher-Price Sure-Grip Gate $26w Fits doorways 26" to 42" wide. Quick one hand release. Automatically adjusts to uneven door frames. Our regular $34.75. 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Arthur Spiegel denied a directed verdict sought by the workers' attorneys, who said the jury could not possibly bring in a verdict for NLO. The jury is being asked whether the 1990 suit was filed a year after the four-year statute of limitations expired. To reach their verdict, jurors must decide when reasonable people would have known that they had been intentionally injured by NLO and could sue. NLO attorney David Bernick said no one ever was hurt, but the statute of limitations began run $100,000 bond. Brown is also a suspect in 11 other robberies of cab drivers since Sept. 11 but has not been charged in those. "We expect Ellis Brown to take the rest of them directly to the grand jury," Mullis said. Mullis said he was happy 'with the arrest. "Any time you can close that many (cases), it's good," Mullis said. "It was a problem, and it didn't appear that it was going to stop. It was a good arrest; it was good work." The robber operated almost the human error or a mechanical malfunction. It's my feeling, too, that darkness may have had something to do with it." The other worker, Jeffrey Calli-han, 38, Francis Avenue, Price Hill, either fell or jumped from the bucket, which was about 25 feet above the ground, said Duermit. Callihan was treated and released at Mercy Hospital, Fairfield. Jim Washam, safety supervisor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Cincinnati office, said Wednesday that Spectrum Deco was cited in 1985 by OSHA for a minor violation. Washam said OSHA regulations require that contractors stay 10 feet or more from energized lines unless they are insulated. In event contractors need to get within 10 feet, they are required to have power shut off or the wires insulated. OSHA will announce the results of its investigation within several days, Washam said. procedure which was approved by the committee's technical advisory group Monday the airport will continue its month-long test of the current procedure, said Robert Hoffman, chairman of the technical advisory group. "Let's be reasonable and prudent people. If we're going to do it for 30 days, let's do it for 30 days," Hoffman said after the meeting. "This is not the only thing we've got in the bag," Hoffman said. "If this is not to our satisfaction, we have an alternate procedure we can use." Jet noise became a problem for residents in Hamilton County's western townships in January when the airport opened a second north-south runway. "We really do believe we're going to solve this problem," Hoffman said. Electrocution accident is under investigation Men working at dusk may have missed live wire BY STEVE HOFFMAN The Cincinnati Enquirer Darkness may have contributed to the electrocution Tuesday evening of a Kenwood painting contractor at a Sharonville warehouse construction site. J. Kyle Mock, 36, president of Spectrum Deco Inc., Kenwood, was killed when the metal lift bucket carrying him and another man touched an uninsulated 7,200-volt electrical line outside the J.C. Buckles Transfer Co., 11880 Enterprise Ave. Mock was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident occurred about 7:15 p.m. The bucket was being operated by the men, who were washing the exterior of the Buckles warehouse. Sharonville Fire Chief Dale Duermit and Mike Mock, job foreman and brother of the dead man, agreed the bucket might have bumped the line because the painters did not see it in the fading daylight. "We don't know what happened," Mock said. 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