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Mine Collapse Kills 2 after Repeated Safety Violations

Published on Nov 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm in Work Injury.

Two miners were killed by a collapse in a Centertown, Kentucky surface coal mine on Friday, October 28, according to Thinkprogress.org. The two men were killed when a highwall, an unexcavated face of rock in a strip-mining site, collapsed onto the truck they were driving.

The mine has been owned and operated for the past two years by Armstrong Coal, and within that time the company has been cited by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) for no fewer than 15 safety violations. Safety violations included unsafe operation of mining equipment and the placement of equipment and other materials at the top of pits or highwalls, which can fall and injure a worker. In addition to these violations, Armstrong Coal was cited by the MSHA this past April for the stability of a highwall and the same mine where the fatal incident recently occurred.

CPSC Encourages Consumers to Take Halloween Safety Precautions

Published on Oct 31, 2011 at 3:44 pm in Personal Injury.

Protecting their little ghosts and goblins is the top priority for many parents during the Halloween season. Although Halloween is fun for kids and adults alike, it can come with several safety hazards. Taking basic safety precautions when choosing your costume and decorating your home can help prevent accidents. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends the following when preparing for your Halloween activities.

Picking a Costume

One of the major hazards associated with Halloween costumes is the risk of burn injuries if a costume catches the flame of a jack o’lantern or candle. The CPSC recommends choosing flame-retardant costumes or using synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester if you make your own outfit. Avoid picking a costume with very long sleeves, as the sleeves can get caught in flames. Trip and fall accidents are also a potential hazard on this holiday. Instruct your children to wear sturdy, comfortable shoes, and ensure that their costumes do not drag on the ground. This will reduce the risk of accidents.

CPSC Warns of Novelty Baby Rattle Dangers

Published on Oct 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm in Product Liability.

Baby rattles are one of the most popular baby toys in the nation. These rattles capture a baby’s attention and help young children develop motor skills. Unfortunately, the popularity of novelty rattles used on baby shower cakes and decorations presents a danger to infants. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning for parents and caregivers to inspect rattles carefully before giving them to babies.

Choking Hazard
The CPSC stated that these defective toys present a choking hazard for infants and young children. The toys do not meet the established safety standards for baby rattles, which are very specific with regard to the size and construction of rattles. Novelty baby rattles have been banned and distributors have stopped selling them; however, CPSC officials are concerned about infants and children getting novelty rattles that have already been purchased and used.

I-64 Kentucky Crash Sends Two Victims to Hospital

Published on Oct 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm in Auto Accident.

A Wave3 TV article reports that a three-vehicle crash occurred on Thursday night near exit 35 on Interstate 64. The Kentucky State Police said a pickup truck and a tractor trailer crashed into each other just after 9:00 p.m. The car crash in Kentucky occurred in the eastbound lanes and caused both vehicles to hit the middle barrier of the overpass. A semi driver, who was driving in the westbound lane, swerved to avoid the other vehicles and crashed. One person was airlifted to the hospital and another was taken to the hospital by ambulance after the crash. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.

While the cause of this accident has not been determined, there are several common causes of automobile accidents. They include, but are not limited to, the following:

Jury Finds Physicians Liable in Baby Decapitation Lawsuit

Published on Oct 12, 2011 at 12:20 pm in Medical Malpractice.

The Courier-Journal reports that a jury awarded $1.4 million to a mother who filed suit against two physicians who delivered her premature baby in 2006. During the delivery, one of the physicians struggled to dislodge the baby’s head from the mother’s body. He testified that he tried several different angles before he finally felt the head “give.” When the baby was born, it was decapitated.

The lawsuit also included members of the nursing staff who cared for the mother, as well as the hospital where the incident occurred. One of the key points used by the defense was the fact that the baby would have died no matter what the physicians did, as the mother was only 21 weeks along. The plaintiff’s attorneys contested that the mother was 24 weeks along, which means the baby might have lived had the doctors performed their duties correctly.