A former co-owner of a Rhode Island nightclub where a fire killed 100 people was released from prison Thursday after earning time off for good behavior.

Michael Derderian, who was initially due out this fall, said that his time in prison was difficult but that others have suffered worse.

He said in a statement that he plans to contribute to a nonprofit fund he started with his brother and fellow club-owner, Jeffrey, to raise money for education costs for children who lost parents in the February 2003 fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick.

“I would also be willing to speak about my experience while incarcerated in the hopes that it may deter people from making the wrong choices,” Derderian said in a statement posted on The Station Education Fund Web site.

Derderian, who pleaded no contest to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter, spent less than three years behind bars. He was given credit for good behavior and for participating in programs that moved up his release date, said corrections department spokeswoman Tracey Zeckhausen.

The Feb. 20, 2003, fire began when pyrotechnics used by the rock band Great White ignited cheap foam that the Derderians used as soundproofing around the stage.

Jeffrey Derderian avoided prison time after pleading no contest to the same charges. Former Great White tour manager Daniel Biechele, who set off the pyrotechnics as a flashy stage prop, was released on parole last year after serving less than half his four-year prison sentence.


Five steel workers had to be extricated from a 6-foot-diameter rebar cage early today when the steel structure suddenly collapsed on the Terminal 3 construction site at McCarran International Airport.

The workers were inside the 70-foot-long rebar cage about 7 a.m. when the collapse occurred.

Clark County firefighters had to cut a hole in the structure to remove the men, who were treated and released from local hospitals for non-life threatening injuries, Fire Department spokesman Scott Allison said.

he injured workers are employed by Pacific Coast Steel, a subcontractor for Perini Construction Co. They were working on a piece to be used on a bridge leading into the steel-and-glass, three-level, 1.87 million-square-foot terminal.

Once completed, the rebar column will weigh 30,000 pounds and be inspected before placed vertically into the ground, Walker said.

The company has constructed more than 1,000 such rebar cages since it began working on the $1.2 billion project in February, and this was the first accident of its kind on the project, Walker said.

Authorities say an ammonia leak at a poultry processing plant Saturday morning killed one person and injured four others.

The leak happened about 10 a.m. at the Mountaire Farms plant on N.C. 71, about 17 miles south of Fayetteville. Authorities said they do not know what caused the leak.

Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey identified the worker who died as Clifton Swain of Fayetteville. It was not known how he died. His wife declined to comment Saturday.

The names of the other employees and the extent of their injuries were not released. That information is being withheld until their next-of-kin can be notified, said Mike Tirrell, the vice president of processing operations for Mountaire Farms.

Two workers were taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville. One was admitted for observation, said Clinton Weaver, a spokesman for Cape Fear Valley. The other was transferred to the burn center at UNC Hospitals, he said.

Two people were taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton. One was treated for injuries and released, said Amanda Crabtree, a hospital spokeswoman. The second was still at the hospital late Saturday, she said.

Between 30 and 40 employees were in the plant when the leak occurred, Tirrell said.

I am seeing many heat related illnesses in the highway and roofing sector. Yesterday a worker in IL collapsed doing asphalt patching work. Roofers in IL were sent to the hospitial. The consultant noticed the symtoms of heat exhaustion with cold clammy skin. The heat index over 100 is just recent and workers need to get acclimimated to the work in the temperature. Niosh recommends 50% of the daily work for thier first day and 10% a day until they get used to it.

Here is a link to NIOSH.


It is not quite four feet high. The Chair is used for access. He has to wipe that backdrop.

June 13, 2009

standing on ladder

USA Today Friday, June 12, 2009.
This is how people learn bad habits! For shame!

Health officials in Los Angeles said Friday that 22 actors in adult sex movies had contracted H.I.V. since 2004, when a previous outbreak led to efforts to protect pornography industry employees.

The officials accused an industry-supported health clinic of failing to cooperate with state investigations and of failing to protect not only industry workers but their sexual partners as well.

“We have an industry that is exposing workers to life-threatening diseases as part of their employment,” said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of public health for Los Angeles County. “That is outrageous and anachronistic. These infections are virtually entirely preventable.”

The latest controversy began Thursday, when The Los Angeles Times reported that a pornography actress had tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS. The infection was confirmed by the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, a clinic founded by a former pornography actress that offers health testing to sex-film performers.

A timeline on the foundation’s Web site states that the actress, whose name was not disclosed, tested negative for H.I.V. on April 29, but that a positive test result was confirmed on June 4. The woman performed in a film on June 5 for reasons that the clinic told the newspaper were still under investigation. A second test came back positive on June 6.

The actor who performed with the infected woman on June 5 has so far tested negative for the virus, the foundation’s chronology states, although H.I.V. infections can be undetectable for a week or more. A second male partner also tested negative.

Clinic officials refused to comment Friday.

Dean Fryer, a spokesman for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, said the clinic “is not cooperative with us.”

“We don’t even know who the employer is in the most recent case; we don’t know who the talent is,” Mr. Fryer said. “They don’t provide that to us.”

Occupational health officials have long argued that failing to require that performers wear condoms during intercourse and other acts is a violation of safe-workplace regulations.

But Deborah Gold, a senior safety engineer with the California occupational health department, said violations in the pornography industry were so widespread that the state had a difficult time cracking down.

“Many of these companies have two sound stages where they do two to four scenes a day with actors hired from talent agencies,” Ms. Gold said. “In that case, it’s clearly a violation” to have performers have sexual intercourse without condoms.

“We continue to try to find ways to identify those places where employees are at risk,” she said.

The pornographic film industry is centered in the San Fernando Valley, northwest of downtown Los Angeles. An estimated 200 production companies in the region employ as many as 1,500 performers, making up to 11,000 films and earning as much as $13 billion a year.

Some health advocates have pressed for legislation requiring condom use in sex scenes.

“This industry has been putting actors at risk for a very long time,” said Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles. “And they’re sending a terrible message to young people that the only kind of sex that’s hot is unsafe sex.”

Steven Hirsch, chief executive of the sex-movie company Vivid Entertainment, said condoms were optional among its actors.

“Performers have the right to choose to use or not use condoms,” Mr. Hirsch said. “They’re adults; they know what industry they’re in.”
Do they really understand the HIV issue or is that an accepted risk.