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May 2017 Archives

Researchers study fatal crashes involving children

Maryland's strict child passenger safety laws likely save many lives each year according to research from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard University. Children between 8 and 16 years of age in Maryland must be secured by a safety belt or restraint whether they sit in the front or the back of vehicles, and a study of 18,116 fatal crashes suggests that the lives of 230 children could be saved each year around the country if seat belt use increased by just 10 percent.

Ferris wheel accident leaves 3 injured

Thousands of Maryland residents flock to theme parks and carnivals each year, and they rely on state authorities to ensure that rides like roller coasters and Ferris wheels are safe. A Ferris wheel in the Washington city of Port Townsend was closed down on May 19 after three people suffered injuries when one of its cars flipped mid-ride. The state's Department of Labor and Industries has informed the ride's owners that an inspection must be performed and a new permit issued before the Ferris wheel can be returned to service.

Crypto outbreaks and swimming

People in Maryland that have swimming pools on their properties should be aware that according to preliminary data released by the Centers for Disease Control, Cryptosporidium outbreaks linked to swimming pools have doubled since 2014. This parasite is able to spread among humans when people consume a substance that has come in contact with feces, like pool water containing diarrhea.

Poultry industry singled out for unsafe working conditions

Maryland employees often end up suffering the consequences when their employers fail to comply fully with OSHA regulations. Data analysis presented by the National Employment Law Project has prompted the claim that the poultry industry is creating unsafe working conditions leading to a high rate of severe work injury. The data came from OSHA and spanned a 21-month period ending in September 2016. The report included comparisons between the poultry industry and other industries, and some of the worst corporate offenders were singled out.

Balcony collapse wrongful death suit

Maryland residents may be interested in a lawsuit that had been filed in California involving the collapse of a balcony of an apartment building. The incident left six people dead and injured seven more. The victims and families settled a case against some of the companies responsible. The exact details of the settlement were not disclosed.

Device could help police to identify distracted drivers

The number of road users killed in distracted driving accidents in Maryland and around the country has increased sharply in recent years, and most experts say that this alarming trend is largely the result of motorists using cellphones to access the internet or send text messages. Police often find it difficult to prove that this contributed to accidents because they must obtain search warrants before examining cellphones, and this is not generally done unless serious injuries or fatalities have occurred.

Focus on fall prevention in May

Some Maryland construction workers may be participating in the 4th annual National Safety Stand-Down Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration created the initiative to help reduce the incidence of injury and death from falls in the workplace. It is estimated that around 5 million workers have been reached by the campaign since its inception.

Court says Home Depot may be liable in employee murder

If Maryland employees are injured or killed by someone they work with, their employer might be liable even if the incident occurs away from work. A lawsuit has been filed against Home Depot after one of its employees was murdered by a supervisor, and the U.S. Court of Appeals has remanded it back to the trial court..

Judge awards more than $41 million in birth injury case

Maryland patients who have been harmed by negligence at a federally-funded medical facility may sue the federal government despite a general prohibition against most such actions. Under the Federal Tort Claims Act, there is an exception for cases of medical malpractice.

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