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February 2014 Archives

MADD: Drunk driving accidents mostly caused by first-timers

When a serious accident takes place, it can be the natural tendency to assume the worst about the person who might have caused it. For example, if a victim is injured or killed in a drunk driving accident in Pennsylvania, one might guess that the drunk driver has a history of wrongdoing.

Timing is key to prevent teens from driving while distracted

If you have a teen driver in your household, then you probably know how it is bittersweet once they get their driver's license. It is good because parents no longer have to take their kid everywhere. It is a scary milestone, however, because of the many dangers that come with putting a teen in charge of a vehicle and on the roads in Pennsylvania.

With mild weather coming soon, motorcycle safety tips are due

Today isn't exactly the picture of beautiful weather. It isn't a motorcycle rider's dream to hit the Pennsylvania roads while they are sloppy and the wind is cold. As every year proves, however, the winter has its end; spring will arrive; riders will want to ride again.

One missing, one injured following explosion at natural gas well 

An explosion at a natural gas well in southwestern Pennsylvania has left one worker injured and another one missing. The well, owned by Chevron, is about 50-miles south of Pittsburgh, near the West Virginia border. A company spokesman said that an explosion occurred at about 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Chevron Appalachia's Lanco 7H well located in Dunkard Township in Greene County. Established emergency response procedures were initiated, and assistance was also specifically sought from Wild Well Control, a company that specializes in coping with natural gas explosions. A fire continued to burn at the site into the afternoon.

Study: Stress among injured workers results in disability risk

Going to work can be a stress in itself. Now, imagine that someone kisses their kids goodbye in the morning, goes to work and then is injured on-the-job. Or imagine the stress of an injury or illness that keeps someone from being able to go to work. Work is more than a job; it is a means of supporting oneself and a family.

Punitive damages sought after Pennsylvania worker's death

A judge is allowing a claim for punitive damages to proceed for a widow who is suing a ladder manufacturer and the city of Philadelphia for the death of her husband. The woman claims that a defective ladder caused her husband's workplace injury and eventual death.

Pennsylvania proposal seeks to reduce DUI accidents

There is no question about it. Drunk driving is dangerous. People are injured and even killed in drunk driving accidents every day. The prevention of impaired driving is an ongoing struggle in Pennsylvania and this country overall. Pennsylvania lawmakers are trying a new approach to stop the traffic safety danger.

Is need for speedy sandwich delivery a traffic safety threat?

Jimmy John's sandwiches have found a place in the hearts (and stomachs) of eaters all around the country. What makes the chain's food so desirable? For many, it might be the taste of the bread and the meats piled-high. For many, the so-called "freaky fast" delivery is as tempting as the taste of the subs themselves.

3 homes burnt after suspected gas explosion

A fire damaged three homes in a south Philadelphia neighborhood on Jan. 30, injuring two employees of Philadelphia Gas Works. It is suspected that the fire was caused by a leaking gas line, which may have led to an explosion around 7:30 p.m. However, at the time of the report, there had been no final reports of the official cause.

Doctor-to-be let down by other Pennsylvania doctors

She was not far from becoming a pediatrician when her dreams and potential to help others fell victim to the kind of negligence she was trained to avoid. A 26-year-old medical school graduate went to a Pennsylvania facility because she suffered from an ongoing headache. Her condition worsened, and the patient didn't survive her stay at the medical center

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