Electrical Accidents Rank Sixth Among All Causes of U.S. Work-Related Deaths

Electrical accidents rank sixth among all causes of work-related deaths in the United States and are both fatal and costly. Recently, the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) has taken actions to improve the safety of its workers through its new safety procedures. But the company’s actions have come under scrutiny, as the new measure has increased customer outages by 5 percent a year. According to Newsday, company officials have defended the practice as the reduced risk of serious on-the-job injuries and fatalities to its employees outweighs the minimal impact to efficiency.

Last June, PSEG enacted its new safety feature … Read the rest

Deadly 64-Vehicle Pile Up Under Investigation

On February 13, a massive pileup on I-78 in Pennsylvania that involved 64 vehicles and sent 73 people to hospitals is currently under investigation. Among the three fatalities was a 50-year Long Island resident who died at the scene.

The crash occurred shortly before 9:30 a.m. in a whiteout snowstorm with low visibility, high winds and a lot of drifting snow. Of the 64 vehicles in the pileup 12 of them were commercial. Ambulances and four medical helicopters took the 73 injured to 11 hospitals.

The investigation into the cause of the accident will take weeks and possibly even up … Read the rest

Claims Against New York City Department of Correction Rose in 2015

Recently, New York Daily News reported that in 2015, there were more than 2,800 personal injury claims filed by inmates in city jails against the New York City Department of Correction. This is a 27 percent increase from 2014, costing 66 percent more in settlements and judgments. The majority of the claims come out of Rikers Island, which comprises 9 out of the 12 New York City inmate facilities.

Rikers Island has a reputation for violence, resulting in the federal government’s monitoring of the facilities. In 2015, it was reported that the number of stabbings and slashings increased 49 percent. … Read the rest

Dental Anesthesia Mishaps Lead to Children’s Deaths

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.

When Ms. Squire brought Daisy into the dentist’s office at Austin Children’s Hospital to have two cavities filled, the dental staff informed her that they were going to put her under anesthesia and … Read the rest