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.
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 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.
There seems to be a long-running feud between some who use four wheels to get to work and those who use two. Most of the time motorists and bicyclists are able to safely co-exist, but run-ins do happen, both of the verbal and physical variety. And in a car accident, a bicyclist runs a high risk of serious injury or even death.