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Dental Anesthesia Mishaps Lead to Children’s Deaths

Posted On May 9, 2016 @ 09:30 AM by Ira Slavit

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. A mother brings her toddler in for a routine dental procedure and her child passes away. That is the reality for Betty Squire, a young Texas mother whose 14-month-old daughter, Daisy Lynn Torres, died after being administered anesthesia for a cavity filling in March 2016. This recent tragedy brings to light the dangers of using anesthesia on children during minor dental procedures.

Large Trucks Continue to Cause Big Problems on the Road

Posted On Apr 15, 2016 @ 08:30 AM by Ira Slavit

Trucking accidents can cause serious injuries and death.  If this year is any indication, accidents involving large trucks have the potential to claim more lives than all domestic commercial airline fatalities during the past 45 years.  Some believe that Congress should reform current laws to be stricter on the trucking industry.

Investigation into Workers Death Leads to Indictment of Subcontractor

Posted On Apr 12, 2016 @ 08:30 AM by Ira Slavit

The April 6, 2015 death of a construction worker at a Ninth Avenue New York City construction site has initiated an investigation into the owner of Sky Materials Corporation, an excavating subcontracting company.  After an extensive investigation, owner Michael Cholowsky was indicted for concealing payroll information and submitting false documents regarding the number of employees he hired.  The charges are first degree workers’ compensation fraud, and filing false statements, along with other criminal charges stemming from the construction accident.

New York Department of Health Fails to Enforce Nursing Home Fines

Posted On Apr 7, 2016 @ 08:30 AM by Ira Slavit

New York has approximately 631 nursing homes, where the majority of residents are senior citizens.  The New York Department of Health (DOH), under Governor Cuomo’s Administration, oversees the state’s nursing homes to make sure regulations are followed, and is the enforcement agency when it comes to violations.

City Raises Fines for Safety Violations at Construction Sites

Posted On Apr 4, 2016 @ 05:30 AM by Ira Slavit

In the wake of a recent accident in which a crane fell, killing a passerby, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler announced new rules to ensure the safety of those working at or walking by a construction site.  This includes an increase in monetary fines.  Mayor de Blasio said these measures are necessary because “no building is worth a person’s life.” 

Motor Carrier Safety Programs Help Save Lives

Posted On Mar 28, 2016 @ 09:46 AM by Ira Slavit

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), completes an annual review of commercial vehicle inspection and traffic enforcement programs.  The programs focus on large commercial trucks and buses on public roadways.  Certain commercial vehicles are subject to roadside inspections.  These inspections, combined with traffic stops, are thought to enforce federal and state safety regulations, and prevent future crashes.  

New York City Starts to Break on Traffic Deaths

Posted On Mar 11, 2016 @ 12:08 PM by Ira Slavit

Recently, New York City traffic death rates have subsided dramatically and last year marked the lowest it has been historically. Despite promising figures, Mayor Bill de Blasio called for additional measures to improve dangerous traffic spots in the city and protection of vulnerable pedestrian groups such as senior citizens.

Motorcyclists Face Dangerous Roads

Posted On Mar 8, 2016 @ 04:04 PM by Ira Slavit

Motorcycle accidents can easily lead to serious injury or death, often times with riders and passengers sustaining injuries to their head, neck, arms, and legs.  According to New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, during 2014, there were a total of 1,330 motorcycle crashes in New York City.  

Exploding Cell Phones

Posted On Mar 4, 2016 @ 01:00 PM by Ira Slavit

With any device which has batteries and a charging apparatus, there are product defects that can possibly cause personal injury.  There have been cases of cell phones exploding while charging, shocking users, and most recently, causing second-degree burns.

Dangers Construction Workers Face When Working on Tall Buildings

Posted On Mar 2, 2016 @ 11:38 AM by Ira Slavit

According to Politico New York, construction injuries in New York City have increased 34 percent from the 2014 fiscal year (July 2013-June 2014) to the last fiscal year which ended on June 30, 2015.  This increased the number of injuries to 283, and the amount of fatalities to 11.  In 2014, the total value of construction projects was $26.2 billion.  

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