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2008 City Analysis of Child Deaths in Motor Vehicle Accidents and in Fires

Posted On Jul 1, 2008 @ 12:16 PM by SEO Admin

The 2008 report of the New York City Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT) looks retrospectively at injury deaths for the years 2001 through 2006 for New York City children aged 1 to 12 years. The single largest contributor to child injury deaths overall and to unintentional deaths are motor vehicle accidents, especially those involving child pedestrians. Fire and burn-related deaths were the second leading contributor to unintentional injury deaths and the leading contributor to fatal child injuries in the home. Compared to national figures, New York City children are half of the national child injury death rate. Those more likely to die from injuries than other children are boys, children aged one to three, and black children. Fire-related deaths for black children were nearly twice that of whites and more than three times that of Hispanic children. Brooklyn had the highest rage of child i

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Tests Vehicle Passenger Safety in Rollover and Rear-End Accidents

Posted On Jun 29, 2008 @ 12:51 PM by SEO Admin

Rollover crashes constitute 3 percent of passenger vehicle crashes, but about one third of the fatalities. Injuries can occur even if there is minimal roof deformation after a crash. At other times vehicle occupants are unharmed even if there is significant roof deformation. A recent study performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has demonstrated the inadequacy of the proposed federal rule to increase a vehicle's roof strength from 1.5 times to 2.5 times the weight of a car. The study concludes that 212 of the 668 deaths involved in rollover accidents in 2006 could have been prevented if SUVs had roofs as strong as the best one it tested, more than 3 times the vehicle's weight. Increasing the standard from 1.5 to 2.5 would have saved 108 lives. The results are a stinging rebuke of the automakers' longstanding denial of any connection between roof strength and passenger safety. Auto official

A New Fire Code and an Improved Building Code For New York City Effective July 1, 2008

Posted On Jun 27, 2008 @ 09:29 AM by SEO Admin

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has signed legislation establishing a new Fire Code for the City of New York, effective July 1, 2008. It is the first comprehensive revision since the City's Fire Code was adopted in 1913. The Fire Code, enforced by the Fire Department, governs emergency preparedness and planning and more specifically the permit and inspection process for the use of building safety systems such as sprinklers, fire detectors and extinguishers. The new fire code improves public and emergency responder safety by establishing new permit requirements, requiring more detailed fire and safety evacuation plans, requiring a fire safety program and manager on construction sites, clarifying the existing requirement that fire safety systems in temporarily unoccupied buildings be maintained, providing for rooftop access and elimination of rooftop obstructions, and regulating toxic and other hazardous materials. The C

Major League Baseballs Liability for Injuries Resulting from Shattering Maple Bats

Posted On Jun 25, 2008 @ 09:12 AM by SEO Admin

When players or spectators are injured at sporting events, a common and often successful defense alleged by the team or stadium owner is that the person injured assumed the risk of injury; in other words that the injury is considered to be an acceptable risk understood and known to the injured person. Another common defense is that the defendant did not have any notice of the dangerous condition prior to the occurrence so as to permit it the opportunity to correct or warn about it. But with a great number of maple bats litterally shattering (a much more dangerous phenominom than a more traditional ash bat breaking) causing injuries to uniformed personnel and fans seated in the stands, it is questionable whether these defenses would be successful. Baseball will not be able to claim in court that it was unaware of the hazards caused by maple bats. Major League Baseball ("MLB") has been collecting breakage information for years from club equipment managers and sees the scar

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Protest and Crane Dismantling Latest Developments Highlight Critical Importance of NYC's Proposed Legislation To Increase Construction Site Safety

Posted On Jun 22, 2008 @ 06:19 PM by SEO Admin

Families of the firefighters who died in last summer's fire at the former Deutsche Bank building held a demonstration at the Manhattan site yesterday morning to call for construction site safety and reform throughout New York City. Meanwhile, a Kodiak crane owned by New York Crane at a Washington Street construction site is being dismantled after inspectors found two cracks in the turntable of the tower crane. Kodiak cranes owned by New York Crane were involved in fatal crane collapses that occurred on March 15, 2008, and May 30, 2008. These developments and others make all the more critical passage of the aggressive legislative agenda that will equip the Buildings Department with additional oversight

New York State Bar Association Creates Task Force To Study Proliferation Of Wrongful Convictions

Posted On Jun 19, 2008 @ 03:21 PM by SEO Admin

The new President of the New York State Bar Association Bernice Leber, noting that the number of criminal convictions overturned in New York State is undermining public confidence in the justice system, recently announced the creation of a Task Force on Wrongful Convictions. The task force will study the systemic, procedural and statutory causes that contribute to wrongful convictions and propose solutions to this growing problem, and will begin work immediately. The Task Force will conduct an analysis of cases in New York State that have led to wrongful convictions, hold a series of hearings to provide for input from communities around the state and study the system-wide rules, procedures and statutes that may contribute to wrongful convictions. Among the many issues under review will be current legal remedies available to the wrongfully convicted, including the adequacy of compensation. Following the hearings and fact-finding period that embody the public education

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June Through August is the Deadliest Time of Year for 15-Passenger Van Occupants

Posted On Jun 17, 2008 @ 08:10 AM by SEO Admin

New research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found June through August to be the deadliest time of year for 15-passenger van occupants, due to rollover crashes. Statistics show that 31 percent of fatal rollovers involving 15-passenger vans occur during the busy summer travel months. The NHTSA also emphasizes that conventional 12 to15-passenger vans cannot be used as school buses because they are not certified to carry students on a regular basis, and thus cannot be sold or leased as new vehicles to carry students on a regular basis. NHTSA data shows a significant increase in rollover risk when the van is fully loaded with drivers and passengers. In 2006, 50 percent of occupant fatalities that occurred were in vans that were fully loaded. Fifty-nine percent of those killed were unbelted. Other factors that

From Cranes to Window Washers to Trenches, Construction Accidents Roil New York City

Posted On Jun 15, 2008 @ 02:07 AM by SEO Admin

It seems that troubling news regarding the construction industry and construction accidents in New York City are heard on a daily basis. 15 people in construction-related accidents have been killed in the city so far this year, compared with 12 in all of 2007. After the second of two recent crane collapses within 12 weeks of each other during which period the city held its 4th annual Construction Safety Week, a window into the world of New York City Buildings Department crane inspections and inspectors has been opened. Nine people, all but one of them construction workers, died in the two crane collapses. CRANE: On June 6, 2008, James Delayo, the Buildings Department chief inspector for hoist and rigging in charge of overseeing the i

Medtronic Recalls Selected Heparin-Coated Products

Posted On Jun 12, 2008 @ 01:35 PM by SEO Admin

Medtronic, Inc., in what is termed a precautionary measure, has voluntary recalled selected products featuring its Carmeda BioActive surface, a coating applied to some devices used in heart bypass surgery and dialysis, because the coating includes contaminated heparin, a blood thinner that has been linked to 81 deaths. Affected products include blood oxygenators, reservoirs, pumps, cannulae, and tubing packs. This action was taken subsequent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's April 8, 2008 recommendation to device manufacturers that heparin supplies be checked with newly-developed tests, and that affected products be evaluated for possible field corrective action. Limited lots of Carmeda-coated products were manufactured with heparin found to have been contaminated with oversulfated chondroitin sulfate (OSCS). The patient risk associated with the pr

Court Victories Last Week for Fantasy Baseball and Mayor Bloomberg

Posted On Jun 9, 2008 @ 07:55 AM by SEO Admin

Last week, the United States Supreme Court declined to accept an appeal of an 8th Circuit decision that upheld a fantasy baseball companys right to use, without license, the names of, statistics and information about major league baseball players in connection with its fantasy baseball products. Fantasy sports are estimated to generate $500 million in revenue per year from more than 19 million participants, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association. The circuit court had held that CBC's first amendment rights in offering its fantasy baseball products supersede the players' rights of publicity. The Supreme Courts denial of the petition for writ of certiorari in Major League Baseball, et al. v. C.B.C. Distribution & Marketing effectively allows the circuit courts decision to stand. C.B.C. Distribution and Marketing, Inc., brought the action for a declaratory judgment against Major League Baseball Advanced Media, L.P., to establish its right to u

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