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New LIRR Trains Do Not Set Aside Enough Space for Positive Train Control Safety Equipment

Posted On Jul 12, 2015 @ 09:50 PM by Ira Slavit

Long Island Rail Road officials said they did not set aside enough space to fit federally mandated positive train control (“PTC”) equipment into the railroad's next generation of trains, requiring 256 new trains to be retrofitted at additional cost and delay. PTC is intended to remove the possibility of human error in several potentially deadly situations.  National Transportation Safety Board investigators have said PTC could have prevented several fatal accidents, including the May derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia and the December 2013 Metro-North derailment in Spuyten Duyvil in the Bronx.

New Rule Requiring Electronic Stability Control (ESC) on Heavy Trucks and Large Buses Hopes to Save Lives

Posted On Jul 7, 2015 @ 06:27 PM by Ira Slavit

The U.S. Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has finalized its rule requiring electronic stability control (ESC) systems on heavy trucks and large buses.  NHTSA estimates the rule will prevent as many as 1,759 crashes, 649 injuries and 49 fatalities each year. ESC will prevent up to 56 percent of untripped, rollover crashes -- rollover crashes not caused by striking an obstacle or leaving the road.  ESC works instantly and automatically to maintain directional control in situations where the driver's own steering and braking cannot be accomplished quickly enough to prevent the crash.

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Falls and Medical Complications Make Strong Showings in Annual "Odds of Dying" Report

Posted On Jun 1, 2015 @ 07:09 PM by Ira Slavit

The National Safety Council began National Safety Month by releasing its annual list of Americans’ ‘Odds of Dying’. The list of statistical averages details the lifetime odds of dying from various causes of death, calculated using fatality data for the entire U.S. population. The list shows that the risk of dying is greater from common activities, such as motor vehicle accidents, falling, and complications from surgical or medical care than it is from a commercial airplane crash, being electrocuted, being struck by lightning, or from a cataclysmic storm.  Cell phone-related crashes now account for 27 percent of all crashes, including crashes involving drivers who are texting or talking on handheld or hands-free cell phones, the National Safety Council reports.

An Alarming Report on Construction Worker Fatalities in New York

Posted On May 17, 2015 @ 05:31 PM by Ira Slavit

On May 11, 2015, the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health unveiled alarming findings from their latest study, "Price of Live: 2015 Report on Construction Fatalities in NYC".  The study found that construction accounts for 20% of on the job fatalities in New York State although it accounts for less than 4% of  employment, it represents 20% of on the job fatalities in New York State. Another key finding was that fatalities resulting from falls at construction sites make up half of the construction fatalities in New York State and 71% of all injuries in New York City.

Torn Carpets Can Contribute to Serious Trip and Falls Injuries

Posted On Jul 10, 2014 @ 02:40 PM by Ira Slavit

While torn carpeting may not seem like a slip, trip, or fall accident hazard, it can actually lead to many serious injuries for customers and property visitors.

Paraplegia: Injury Victims Need to Adjust to Major Life Changes

Posted On Jul 5, 2014 @ 09:32 AM by Ira Slavit

Accidents that cause paraplegia result in the loss of use and sensation in the lower extremities, confining victims to a wheelchair for the rest of their lives.

Quadriplegia: Severe Neck Injuries Affect Victims and Their Loved One

Posted On Jun 30, 2014 @ 11:28 AM by Ira Slavit

Neck injuries that cause quadriplegia are extremely serious, and victims are left requiring constant assistance and perhaps even constant medical monitoring.

Accidents Involving Children at Swimming Pools Can Be Tragic

Posted On Jun 27, 2014 @ 09:25 AM by Ira Slavit

Drownings and other injuries at swimming pools are sadly common during the summer, and especially tragic when the victims are children.

Common Causes of Burn Injury

Posted On Jun 10, 2014 @ 09:00 AM by Ira Slavit

Most cases of burn injury have preventable causes. If negligence, reckless behavior, or a product defect have led to a burn injury, an attorney can help.

Slip and Fall Accidents Caused by Wet Floors

Posted On Jun 5, 2014 @ 09:00 AM by Ira Slavit

Wet floors can lead to a dangerous fall, resulting in serious injuries. Be aware of this hazard and what you can do in response to such an event.

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