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Construction workers have a dangerous profession. They work with heavy machinery and equipment, and one mistake or overlook could be life-threatening. The federal government regulates work sites in order to protect workers from injuries or death, and to ensure that companies have maintained a safe environment for their employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates construction sites and provides specific guidelines that companies must follow in order to be in compliance with safety
Six teenagers were walking home from Miami Springs High when one was killed and three others were injured after being hit by an SUV. The fatal accident occurred on Jan. 20 near West Ninth Street and First Avenue. According to Hialeah police, the driver of the Ford Expedition had suffered from a medical incident, causing the 42-year-old to lose control of his vehicle. One of the classmates with the students at the time of the
In 2008, Florida reported the most bicycle deaths in the nation. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 125 deaths in bicycle accidents. Currently, Broward County reports on average 500 bicycle crashes each year resulting in eight to 11 fatalities. But why are these numbers so high, and who is at fault? The bicycle and pedestrian coordinator with the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization explained that bicyclists are commonly hit when drivers are
Last week we discussed how nine out of 10 people die from their injuries after being shot in the head. Americans have been amazed by the survival of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot over a week ago. Many have been following her story, and reporters have been interviewing doctors in order to understand how someone can survive such an injury. We will continue this discussion on our blog today, focusing on the developments
Property owners have a duty to maintain a safe environment for individuals who have a right to be there. Many personal injury attorneys believe this includes making certain that the property is safe from any criminal activity that could likely occur. A Denny’s restaurant outside of Seattle is being sued for negligent security during a 2007 shooting that injured customers. The lawsuit accuses the chain restaurant of failing to address thousands of incidents nationwide that
New, stricter standards designed to reduce fatigue-related crashes may be coming for truckers in the United States. Sleep apnea is the specific target of this proposal. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration received similar recommendations from two separate panels, which studied driver fatigue accidents. Miami is no exception to the incidence of truck accident events caused by fatigued–or even sleeping–drivers. The two advisory panels (one, medical and the other, industry safety experts) came to similar
With so many drivers on the roads each day, accidents are bound to happen. However, many accidents are avoidable if drivers are attentive and cautious. It is always devastating when family members lose a loved one in an accident that could have been prevented. On Sunday, three Florida families learned of the deaths of their loved ones who were involved in a hit-and-run car accident. The fatal accident occurred shortly before 4 a.m. on Sunday.
Earlier this week, we discussed the overall need for more awareness of the long-term effects of concussions, especially for football players who receive repeated blows to the head. Today we will discuss the extra caution that is necessary for younger players in order to prevent serious head injuries. While a bill is underway in Florida regarding the prevention of concussions, change will also need to come from players and coaches who will do anything to
Concerns about the long-term risks of concussions in sports have been sparking debates over rules in football organizations at all levels. For decades, football coaches, players, trainers and organizations have been negligent to the fact that concussions can cause serious brain injuries in football players. And we are not just talking about professional players; we are talking about football players from youth through adulthood. Brain injuries can be difficult to diagnose. “When you have a