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December 2012 Archives

Smartphone apps may help curb distracted driving

In cases involving distracted driving, smartphones are usually the subjects of ire and blame. With greater capabilities than ever before, these gadgets may tempt motorists, especially young ones, to talk, text or engage in other distractions while driving.

Patient sues ambulance company after accident

Ambulance drivers are supposed to help keep people safe at their most vulnerable but sometimes a rescue vehicle can become a hazard unto itself. In an ongoing Louisiana case, a wheelchair-bound man is suing an ambulance company, one of its drivers and its insurance carrier for injuries he sustained while riding in an ambulance.

Rickety railroad bridge blamed for massive vinyl chloride spill

Two weeks ago in New Jersey, a railroad bridge over Mantua Creek collapsed, sending four tanker cars plunging into the creek. Some 100,000 gallons of vinyl chloride spilled from the railcars and raised a thick toxic cloud. Vinyl chloride, a component of PVC plastic, is an explosive and a known human carcinogen. Sixty people were hospitalized for chemical exposure.

Keep your children's eyes safe by watching out for toy safety

Recently we discussed the importance of keeping toy safety in mind as you go about your Christmas shopping. Nothing can kill the festive mood of the holidays like a trip to the emergency room, or the news that an avoidable toy-related accident could have lasting consequences for your child's health.

Louisiana's refineries see high number of accidents

Last month we discussed Louisiana's impressive performance in the Occupational Health & Safety Administration's annual Survey of Occupational Illnesses and Injuries. In 2011, Louisiana had the lowest rate private industry work-related injuries and illnesses in the country.

BSEE fails to audit offshore operators

Over a year ago, in the wake of the 2010 BP oil disaster, a federal agency was given authority to audit offshore oil and gas operators. Those operators were also required to put new safety systems into place to help ensure that another catastrophic disaster would not wreak the same havoc on the environment and on people's lives.

Prepare for winter driving by keeping essentials handy: part two

Earlier this week we discussed some essentials that all drivers should keep in their cars to ensure they are adequately prepared, whether during a holiday road trip or any routine drive. We talked about the importance of insurance documents, doctor records and a few devices that can help your trip go smoothly.

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