Imagine going to the hospital for an operation and learning just before the procedure that your surgeon is legally drunk. That would certainly be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit, not to mention the surgeon's dismissal from his job. But a new study has found that many surgical students are operating under an equivalent impairment: sleep deprivation.
While many of us are aware that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can result in criminal charges and prison time, the more important consideration is how these actions can affect the lives of others. A Pennsylvania man suspected of smoking a "synthetic" drug before getting into a fatal car accident is about to face the consequences of his actions, but the families of the victims in the crash are already feeling the effects.
Quality Stone Veneer Inc., which installs stonework at residential and commercial properties, was recently found in violation of scaffolding safety regulations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The company, based in Refton, was cited for eight violations, one found to be willful. OSHA proposed $154,440 in fines following a recent inspection.
Field trips are one of the best things about being in school, particularly in late spring, when students are restless and eager to get out of the classroom for any reason at all. They're even more exciting when they involve a trip out of town for some sightseeing. And although the permission slip is still a necessity to ensure that parents know where their children are headed, most students, teachers and parents don't expect anything to go wrong on these trips. But sometimes, unfortunately, accidents do happen.
We're hearing more and more these days about the rising cost of health care in the United States. These costs include not only payments for insurance and medical treatment patients receive, but the expenses hospitals and clinics incur for purchasing and maintaining the highest-quality equipment. In return, patients and their families expect top-notch care when they visit a medical facility. So when a course of medical treatment goes terribly wrong, it's reasonable to expect some form of compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Employers are required by law to provide a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for ensuring employers abide by those regulations.
Almost any member of the military who's been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan will tell you that driving through a war zone takes a special set of skills. Driving fast, not stopping in traffic and making sudden, unpredictable turns are all crucial when you're at risk of running over a roadside bomb or being hit by enemy fire. But the skills these service members hone overseas can pose a high risk of car accidents when they return to the United States.
Several motorists take to the highways in spring, but motorcyclists merge with traffic at a time when drivers of larger vehicles can be less compelled to notice them. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month, a designation that federal safety officials hope will prevent motorcycle accidents and draw attention to the increased presence of two-wheeled riders. Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration want to imprint the idea that drivers of every size and type of vehicle share the highways and streets.
Many people may not be aware of the dangers construction workers face each day. For those working in work zones near roads and freeways, they face the additional risk of being hit by motorists passing by. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is implementing a number of measures to make work zones safer and prevent Pennsylvania construction accidents.
One of the most difficult situations for the families of fatal accident victims is a hit-and-run crash. Regardless of how the accident happens or who's at fault, drivers are obligated to stop after the impact to check on the welfare of everyone else involved. Those who fail to do so put injured victims at risk of death, and put themselves at risk of criminal charges.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has come under fire recently because of the length of time it takes to approve new safety rules. According to government officials, OSHA averaged about eight years before making the regulations official, which is roughly twice as long as the Transportation Department and 50 percent longer than the Environmental Protection Agency.
People may expect that government entities move slowly when adopting new rules. Even so, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) takes more time than most government agencies when issuing new regulations. On average it takes OSHA almost eight years to adopt a new safety regulation, and during that time workers may be at risk for workplace accidents and injuries.
The families of the two people who were killed in a 2009 car accident involving a taxi cab in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, got some closure late last week with the guilty plea of the driver who caused the crash.