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January 2018 Archives

Construction workers' accidents: 9-story fall kills worker

Shortly before 9 a.m. on a recent Tuesday, rescue workers were called to a construction site in a neighboring state where a 12-story conversion project is underway. They were alerted after a worker fell down an elevator shaft of a building that is being converted into a hotel. Reportedly, this was one of those construction workers' accidents that occur in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in which the lack of fall protection led to a fatality.

Auto defects: Minor crash causes another Takata airbag fatality

Recent reports indicated that another person's death was caused by a Takata airbag. Pennsylvania owners of Honda Accords may be wise to check recall notices if they have not yet had the airbags in their vehicles replaced to avoid being the victims of auto defects that could cause fatal injuries. Investigations into the cause of the death of a mother in another state were concluded, and authorities say the airbag was to blame.

Another Takata air bag explosion claims a man's life

Once again, a Takata air bag is being blamed for the death of a West Virginia driver. A 56-year-old resident of Hedgesville, West Virginia, was killed on July 1 in a low-speed collision that involved three vehicles. The accident happened in Martinsburg as the man was driving his Ford Ranger, which he had purchased second-hand.

Products liability: 1-year-old child swallows 20 magnetic balls

Pennsylvania parents may want to heed the warning of parents in another state who came to experience the dangers posed to children by magnetic toys. After their ordeal of facing the possible death of their child who will turn two years old soon, this family plans to file a products liability lawsuit. They aim to get manufacturers and distributors to remove these toys from the market -- even though the products are marketed as adult desk toys.

The difference between nursing home neglect and abuse

The number of elderly residents in Pennsylvania nursing homes that suffer neglect is alarming. Nursing home abuse is a form of neglect; however, there is a distinct difference between the two. While caregivers typically commit abuse with the intention to cause harm, nursing home neglect is the provision of substandard care. The patient suffers harm due to the breach of duty rather than intent to injure.

Construction workers' accidents: The threat to female workers

While construction is a male-dominated industry in Pennsylvania, women nationwide have been involved in it for decades. Even though women represent what may seem like an insignificant percentage of construction workers, they are entitled to the same protection from construction workers' accidents. To promote this, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) renewed its alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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