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Philips Recalls CPAP/BiPAP Machines For Product Defect

Philips Respironics, a major manufacturer of CPAP machines, BiPAP machines, and ventilators, has issued a recall for many of its machines due to a product defect. These devices are used by people with sleep apnea and other breathing-related issues to assist them with breathing more easily. This defect can potentially cause serious health issues for anyone who uses them, and anyone with affected machines should take steps to address the issue with their doctor to seek potential alternatives.… Read the rest

Self-Driving Cars Now Required to Report Crashes

In a mandate issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), manufacturers of self-driving cars will be required to report all crashes of those vehicles within 24 hours of them happening. This action comes after a series of high-profile accidents involving self-driving cars, some of which have resulted in injury or death. This is meant to make the process more transparent, as numerous manufacturers are trying to move towards self-driven vehicles.… Read the rest

Seven Most Common Safety Violations on Construction Sites

No industry is cited more often for safety violations than the construction industry. Unsurprisingly, construction sites are also among the most dangerous places to work in the United States, accounting for more workplace accidents than any other industry. Here are the seven most common safety violations that contribute to accidents on construction sites:… Read the rest

Insurer Must Defend NYC in Central Park Accident Suit

The New York Appellate Division, First Department, has ruled that Travellers, the major insurance company, must defend New York City in a personal injury suit that was brought against it. Travellers had been trying to avoid being entangled in the case, saying that they had no responsibility to defend the city in the suit. However, the court ruled that the contractor’s insurance policy also covered the City, meaning the insurer must defend the City in court.… Read the rest

Black People Suffer Disproportionately High Traffic Fatalities

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), black people are disproportionately likely to die in traffic accidents compared to the rest of the population. This effect was even more pronounced during the pandemic, when black people suffered a much higher rate of traffic fatalities, even as the rate of traffic fatalities was increasing overall. No specific explanation was given for this effect by the NHTSA, although some blame the increased deaths on existing issues of inequality.… Read the rest

Singulair Manufacturer Faces Lawsuits Over Side Effects

For years, the medication Singulair has been prescribed by doctors to treat asthma and other respiratory conditions, and in particular has been prescribed to children with severe asthma. However, recent evidence has come to light showing that Singulair may have much more severe side effects than was previously known. As a result, Merck, the medication’s manufacturer, is now facing litigation alleging a variety of harms caused by the use of Singulair.… Read the rest

Suffolk Legislators Sign Letter Condemning “Horrendous” Road Conditions

Suffolk County legislators have signed a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, decrying the “horrendous” conditions on certain public roads in New York. The letter, signed by all 17 Republican and Democratic county legislators, makes note of the deplorable conditions of roads that are supposed to be run by the state. They are calling for more investment in infrastructure to improve road conditions, which will make the roads safer and easier for motorists to travel on.… Read the rest

Peloton Issues Recall for Treadmills

Peloton, a major manufacturer of exercise equipment and apparel, has agreed to issue a voluntary recall for its treadmills over safety concerns. The recall comes after reports of dozens of people being injured while using the treadmills, including one child who died of their injuries. Peloton has agreed, as part of an agreement with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), to cease production on the recalled treadmills, and is offering full refunds to anyone who asks for them.… Read the rest

Why Did Pedestrian Fatalities Go Up in 2020?

The rate of fatalities caused by pedestrian accidents increased by nearly 20% in 2020, according to the Governors’ Highway Safety Association. This is despite an overall drop in traffic, due to travel restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. So why did the rate of pedestrian fatalities go up during this time?… Read the rest

Overexertion a Factor in Nearly a Third of Workplace Injuries

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, overexertion is one of the leading causes of workplace injuries in the United States. Together, injuries resulting from overexertion factor into 31% of all workplace injuries, accounting for more than 280,000 injuries per year. What is tragic is that most overexertion injuries are preventable, given the right training, equipment, and oversight.… Read the rest

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