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February 2015 Archives

American automakers win top honors through Consumer Reports

Over the past year, we have written a number of posts regarding automotive recalls and the inherent dangers present in millions of vehicles that have not been taken to dealers for repairs. However, a recent Consumer Reports story may buck that trend. According to the magazine’s annual automotive rankings issue, American automakers hold the top three consumer picks for the first time.

Pennsylvania explosion injures worker

A Feb. 15 accident has led to the injury of one worker in Derry Township. The incident reportedly occurred after 5 p.m. An explosion at a natural gas company building resulted in a fire, which apparently led to burns to the arms and face of the worker. Officials indicate that the man was conscious at the time he was transported by air to an area hospital. Meanwhile, the company worked to disconnect the supply of natural gas to the building. The fire was put out, and officials indicate that damage to the building was not significant.

How to survive an encounter with black ice

It seems like spring can’t get here fast enough. Just as the region has endured another snowstorm, a round of bitter cold is following behind it. What does that mean? The road conditions around the area will be treacherous. Indeed, there are salt trucks and snow plows that will attempt to clear roads, but the threat of black ice still remains until the weather gets warmer.

What to do if you encounter black ice

It seems like spring can’t get here fast enough. Just as the region has endured another snowstorm, a round of bitter cold is following behind it. What does that mean? The road conditions around the area will be treacherous. Indeed, there are salt trucks and snow plows that will attempt to clear roads, but the threat of black ice still remains until the weather gets warmer.

Pennsylvania road construction flagger hit, killed while working

Law enforcement authorities have reported that a woman who was working as a flagger in Perry County was hit by a car and killed while she was on the job on Feb. 11. Reportedly, the accident occurred near Duncannon.

How to choose the right lawyer for you

If you have recently been in an accident, or you simply have insomnia, chances are that you have seen TV advertisements for attorneys who tout their ability to help you if you have been injured. Whether you find them entertaining or annoying, the process of finding a lawyer could be daunting if you are injured.

Rhetoric in Washington suggests SSDI remains a political football

The fate of the Social Security Disability Insurance program is percolating to the surface of debate in Washington again. Not only may individuals in Pennsylvania considering whether to try navigating the SSDI application and appeals process be interested. Those who have already been approved to receive their disability benefits are likely paying close attention, too. 

The dangers of working in trenches

Workers in Pennsylvania who excavate or dig trenches can be killed or suffer serious injuries if the trench wall collapses. These accidents often occur without warning, and workers are given little or no time to escape the danger. With a cubic yard of dirt weighing over 3,000 pounds, even small trenches can be extremely dangerous.

Could texting be the culprit in the Bruce Jenner crash?

In 2015, it almost goes without saying that texting and driving is unsafe. Each major cellular carrier has some sort of message indicating that the practice is dangerous, and that reading or sending texts can wait. Also, nearly every state has a law that prohibits texting while driving. However, people still do it, and accidents still happen.

Airbag recall initiated again

In a prior post, we highlighted dire predictions from federal regulators about the number of automotive recalls that would be initiated in 2015. Unfortunately, it is expected that the number of cars expected to be brought back for repairs may eclipse the record number set in 2014.

Telecommuting and workers' compensation

Pennsylvania residents may be unaware that workers' compensation coverage may be available to workers who work a portion or all of their jobs at home. In the event an injury happens while they are completing tasks in the course of their employment, they may be able to pursue a claim from their employers's workers' compensation carriers.

Black ice a threat once again

Groundhog day was especially festive this year as thousands gathered in Pennsylvania to find out what the most famous rodent in America has as his prediction for spring. As you may well know, if Punxsuwtawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If no shadow appears, spring will be coming soon. The annual ritual is based on German legend.

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