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More Details Emerge About Crane Accident at Construction Site

Posted On Mar 18, 2008 @ 12:28 AM by SEO Admin

With the recovery of three more bodies, seven people - six construction workers and a woman visiting for St. Patrick's Day - were killed in Saturday's crane collapse on East 51st Street in Manhattan. A preliminary city investigation found that the crane toppled after a steel collar used to tie it to the side of the building fell as workers attempted to install it. Officials are investigating whether a series of hoists and nylon straps used to hold the collar temporarily in place were strong enough to sustain its 12,000 pound weight, particularly since a ripped nylon strap was found attached to the collar. The collar, made of two U-shaped pieces of steel joined together, was to be secured to the tower and then tied by steel struts to the building. When the collar fell it slammed into another collar that was a major anchor securing the tower crane already in place at the ninth floor, shearing it from the struts that held it to the building and carrying it

Construction Safety at Issue: Crane Accident Yesterday Kills 4 and Injures over 12; Deutsche Bank Tower Contractors Fined $464K and Issued 44 Citations for Fatal Fire

Posted On Mar 16, 2008 @ 09:31 AM by SEO Admin

Just weeks after federal safety regulators proposed fining two contractors hired to demolish the condemned ground zero skyscraper Deutsche Bank tower $464,500 and accused them of a total of 44 safety hazards at the building in connection with a fire at the building on August 18, 2007, in which two firefighters died , yesterday at about 2:20 P.M., in what the authorities called one of the citys worst accidents, a crane towering over a high-rise construction site collapsed killing 4 people with more than a dozen others sustaining personal injuries. The crane had been attached at various points to the side of a planned 43-story building. A piece of steel fell and sheared off one of the ties holding it to the building, causing it to detach and topple. All of the dead are believed to be members of Local 15 of the Operating Engineers Union. Damage is

NYC Expands Pilot Pedestrian "Countdown Signals" Program to Try to Reduce Auto Accidents

Posted On Mar 3, 2008 @ 11:06 AM by SEO Admin

The New York City Department of Transportation has announced an expansion of the pilot program which analyzes the impacts on motorist and pedestrian behavior of "countdown signals," which display the number of seconds pedestrians have to cross the street before the opposing vehicle traffic is given the right of way. The expanded study will be conducted along busy corridors in all five boroughs. If successful in reducing injuries from motor vehicle accidents, the pilot program will no doubt be expanded. There are currently about 90,000 pedestrian signals citywide. This study will convert about 164 of these signals, at 24 intersections, to those that include the countdown timer. During this evaluation period the City's consultant will use visual and video-tape analysis to better understand if the countdown feature encourages safer behavior by both pedestrians and motorists. They will also collect data on vehicular

Report Reveals Dramatic Increase in Medication Errors Involving Drugs with Names that Look or Sound Alike

Posted On Feb 25, 2008 @ 07:49 PM by SEO Admin

The 8th annual national MEDMARX(R) Data Report released last month by the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) revealed that more than 1,400 commonly used drugs are involved in errors linked to drug names that look alike or sound alike. USP's review revealed a near doubling since 2004 of the pairs of drug names that look or sound alike, from 1,750 pairs to 3,170 pairs. According to findings in the MEDMARX report, 1.4% of the errors resulted in patient harm, including seven errors that may have caused or contributed to patient deaths. Medication errors are often the bases of medical malpractice cases. The MEDMARX report includes the largest known list of look-alike/sound-alike drugs. The list is the only list based on reported medication errors. Due to widespread underreporting of incidents, and because the database does not include every hospital in the United States, the study's authors b

FDA Issues Public Health Advisory on Chantix, Which May Become the Subject of Product Liability Suits

Posted On Feb 14, 2008 @ 11:06 AM by SEO Admin

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 1, 2008, issued a Public Health Advisory to alert health care providers, patients, and caregivers to new safety warnings concerning Chantix (varenicline), a prescription medication used to help patients stop smoking. Serious neuropsychiatric symptoms have occurred in patients taking Chantix. These symptoms include changes in behavior, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal ideation, and attempted and completed suicide. Chantix has been suggested as being a possibly significant contributing factor to the bizarre and tragic death of musician Carter Albrecht on September 5, 2007. The FDA action adds credibility to the belief that Chantix is a dangerous product and may spur attorneys reviewing potential cases to institute litigation. The FDA is issuing this Alert to highlight important revisions t

Fatalities From Car/Auto Accidents In New York City Dropped To Lowest Level Since Records Started Being Kept In 1910

Posted On Feb 12, 2008 @ 08:28 AM by SEO Admin

New York Citys final 2007 traffic fatality data, released on January 28, 2008, shows that fatalities from motor vehicle accidents in New York City dropped to the lowest level since records started being kept in 1910: 271 traffic fatalities citywide, down more than 30% since 2001. There were also an all-time low 136 pedestrian deaths last year-13% fewer than previous lows in both 2004 and 2005. Since 1990 pedestrian fatalities in NYC have decreased by 62%. Prior to 1950, pedestrians accounted for of all traffic fatalities. Since then, the percentage has decreased to only . NYC Fatal Accident History 2000-2007 Year Pedestrian Bicycle Driver Passenger Motorcycle Total 2000 18718 95 59 21

National Transportation Safety Board Finds that Faulty Design Led to Minnesota Bridge Collapse; Dozens of Claims Filed

Posted On Jan 30, 2008 @ 08:53 AM by SEO Admin

The National Transportation Safety Board said earlier this month that undersized gusset plates in the Interstate 35-W bridge in Minneapolis were "the critical factor" in the bridge collapse of August 1, 2007, that killed 13 people and injured 100. Chairman Mark Rosenker said the plates, which connected steel beams, were roughly half (1/2 inch rather and 1 inch) the thickness they should have been because of a design error. Investigators found 16 fractured gusset plates from the bridge's center span, he said. The NTSB's final report is expected this fall. This past Sunday marked the 180 day deadline for filing a notice that a lawsuit is going to be brought against the state of Minnesota. The deadline for wrongful death filings is one year from the date of accident. Damages recoverable from the state are capped by law at $1,000,000.00. Lawmakers are considering a compensation fund that would offer more

Study Finds that Waiting Time in the ER More than Doubled; Possible Violations of Federal Law (EMTALA)

Posted On Jan 27, 2008 @ 10:26 PM by SEO Admin

An analysis by researchers at the Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School found that the median waiting time to see a physician in hospital emergency departments jumped from 22 minutes in 1997 to 30 minutes in 2004, a 36% increase. Ominously, according to results published in the journal Health Affairs, wait times more than doubled for the sickest heart attack patients. In 1997, half of them got to see a doctor within eight minutes; in 2004 it took 20 minutes. For a quarter of the heart attack patients, the wait reached 50 minutes or more - a particularly disturbing lag because chances of surviving a heart attack are known to worsen when treatment is delayed. Such improper care can be grounds for a claim under the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA). Under the EMTALA, a hospital and doctor must follow the standard screening practices of the hospital to attempt to identify an emergency medical condition for all patients p

New NY Public Health Law Tightens Oversight Over Office-Based Surgeries

Posted On Jan 19, 2008 @ 10:55 AM by SEO Admin

A new public health law that took effect on January 14, 2008, is tightening oversight over outpatient medical facilities that provide office-based surgeries. Office-based surgery refers to any invasive process outside of a hospital where moderate or severe sedation or general anesthesia is used. Experts have found that more than half of medical procedures, including surgeries, endoscopies, colonoscopies, rhinoplasty, and breast augmentation/reductionoccur in offices and clinics, many of which are not accredited. This has resulted in many improper surgeries andnegligent medical care. Many patients have suffered accordingly from this mistreatment. The new law requires all ambulatory surgery centers that use moderate or heavy sedation to be accredited by one of three national groups or the doctor will lose his license. Facilities have until July 14, 2009 to become accredited. All centers must also report "adverse events, " including death and unplanned transf

Construction Workers Fatal 42 Story Fall Latest Problem for Bovis Lend Lease

Posted On Jan 16, 2008 @ 08:33 AM by SEO Admin

A construction worker who was pouring concrete at Trump SoHo, a condominium hotel in SoHo, fell 42 floors to his death on the afternoon of January 14, 2008, when a wooden mold used to set the concrete collapsed. Another worker was thrown from the 42nd floor, but was caught in a safety net that extends outward from the 40th floor, fire officials said. He was brought to safety in a construction bucket and hospitalized for injuries that the authorities said were not life threatening. Two other workers were treated for minor injuries. The cause of the collapse was unclear. Officials said their initial analysis indicated that the project's crane was not involved in the accident, but several people who said they witnessed the accident from the street described the crane as swaying dangerously and crashing into the side of the upper two floors. Trump SoHo is a sleek gray tower that is to rise 45 stories at the northwest corner of Spring Street and Varick Street, near Avenue of

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