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Injured worker in grocery store machinery accident

New York – Fire Department rescuers responded to a call for a man with his arm caught inside of a ‎meat grinder machine in a horrific accident. Witnesses say that the worker in the meat department was ‎operating the meat grinder when his shirt sleeve became caught by the machine. The machine then ‎pulled the man’s arm into the grinding machine by the entangled shirt. The first responder rescue ‎team had to disassemble the machine in order to extricate the work injury victim while medical ‎responders stabilized his condition to the best of their abilities. Paramedics explain that he suffered a ‎serious arm injury including lacerations of soft tissue and muscle as well as possible nerve damage and ‎laceration of blood vessels. In addition, there was concern regarding broken bones from the accident. ‎The injured accident victim was rushed to the emergency room trauma center for additional care. ‎Investigators are looking into whether proper training and safety gear was provided to the worker for ‎this specific machine. Also, machine maintenance records will need to be reviewed to ensure that ‎proper repairs were performed and preventative maintenance was up-to-date. Trauma and worker’s ‎compensation experts note that negligent maintenance can sometimes lead to similar devastating ‎accidents and injuries for workers. This article shares more details about this horrific work accident.‎

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Ferry accident in Brooklyn blamed on equipment failure

New York – A private ferry boat accident occurred when the boat ran aground this past ‎weekend. Reports show that the ship was filled with over 100 people when it suffered a steering ‎failure and the engine was apparently unresponsive. Luckily the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) ‎emergency responders were able to located the damaged vessel quickly and rescue the passengers. ‎Officials say that at least one person on board the boat crash suffered injuries. That injury victim was ‎taken to the hospital for emergency evaluation. It is unclear if any other accident victims sought ‎medical care after being rescued. Boat and sailing safety experts say that there have been several ‎boating accidents in New York over the past few months. Transportation and boat safety Investigators ‎will need to examine the maintenance logs and safety protocols followed by the ferry company in ‎order to determine if any negligent maintenance could have helped lead to this boat crash. See this ‎article for more about these ferry crash.‎

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Electric scooter accident kills actress in Manhattan

New York – Several days after being hit by a scooter, a famous actress was pronounced dead from her ‎accident injuries. The accident victim was crossing the street when she was ‎struck by the electric vehicle, causing her to suffer multiple critical injuries. Witnesses to the motor ‎vehicle versus pedestrian accident note that the driver of the scooter fled the scene of the scooter ‎crash. Police explain that the hit-and-run accident is still under investigation as details are gathered and ‎the search for the possibly reckless driver continues. It is unclear if this electric scooter collision ‎involved speeding or even drunk driving and these remain open questions for investigators. The ‎pedestrian struck was taken by ambulance to the hospital where she was treated in the emergency ‎department and admitted due to critical injuries. Unfortunately, despite extensive efforts and surgical ‎procedures, the woman died of injuries that she has sustained in the vehicle crash. See this article for more details about this hit-and-run accident involving a ‎motor scooter.‎

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Police officers injured in Sunset Park elevator accident

New York – Over twenty New York Police Department (NYPD) and federal law enforcement officers ‎were involved in an elevator collapse accident while at work. The on-the-job accident occurred ‎when the team of police officers and personnel were possibly moving equipment into the building. ‎The elevator apparently suffered an equipment malfunction when it suddenly collapsed down to the ‎basement level. Officials will need to look over maintenance records to determine if negligent ‎maintenance could have contributed to this accident with injuries. Extensive safety devices and ‎protocols are in place to ensure that such an elevator accident doesn’t occur. However, proper upkeep ‎is necessary to ensure that public safety is protected. Specifics of injuries suffered during this work ‎accident are unclear but at least one police officer was transported to the emergency department. He ‎was suffering with a back injury and he was taken by ambulance for treatment. Ambulance, paramedic ‎and rescue personnel rushed to the scene and described the events. Concern has been raised about ‎additional spinal injuries or occult fractures and even internal bleeding and injuries. Accident specialists ‎explain that an accident at work already raises significant concerns but an injured worker in law ‎enforcement includes additional problems that can add to injury and disability. The weapons and ‎extensive equipment that is carried by a cop or other enforcement agent can cause injuries and even ‎difficulty in functioning when trying to return to work. See this article for ‎additional information about this work related elevator accident.

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Faulty product recall: Popular treadmill indicated in personal injuries and one death

The New York Times is reporting that the Peloton company has issued a product recall on their treadmills after apparently initially refusing requests to do so by federal agencies. According to records, this applies to specific models of the Tread and Tread+ treadmills that were associated with quite a few product injury related claims. At least one of those accident injury cases involved a child that suffered fatal injuries after he fell and was pulled underneath the treadmill. Officials say that the child was just six years old at the time when he was killed in the treadmill accident. They note that this is a well-described type of treadmill injury that is well known to manufacturers of exercise equipment. In addition, this specific treadmill has been associated with a different type of accident where the heavy video screen console can collapse and fall on to someone below. Faulty product liability specialists say that special care must be taken during the design, manufacturing, labeling and marketing of exercise equipment like treadmills to prevent unnecessary personal injury or even wrongful death. The company who manufacturers and markets the Tread+ treadmill has expressed its regret for not listening to advice and requests to recall the potentially dangerous devices earlier. While they seem to have admitted to making a mistake in this area, it must be determined if any further injuries or deaths were suffered by the public during this delay. You can find out more about these treadmill injuries here.

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Medical malpractice investigation raises concern about medical board inaction

Concerns have come to light about state medical boards avoiding discipline of doctors who have significant medical malpractice claims against them. Examples have been shown where physicians have even been suspended from hospitals but no report or actions took place within the medical board. Accusations have been made that these oversight boards have avoided taking actions against the medical license of these healthcare practitioners despite serious public safety concerns. Some have noted that these medical boards are most comprised of and controlled by other doctors. Public health activists say that patient safety must be the primary concern. They warn that inaction by the oversight committees and boards may be an issue of negligence that can lead to significant consequences. A doctor who is under investigation for medical negligence or hospital error can go on to commit more mistakes if nothing is done to correct the problem. Safety advocates believe that it is the duty of the boards to inquire as to the seriousness of accusations and potential for future hard. Based on this initial inquiry they can take action to prevent further harm or doctor mistake while a more comprehensive investigation is undertaken. Some instances require retraining of doctors and staff to avoid delayed diagnosis, surgical mistakes and even a wrong diagnosis. Avoidance of taking real action against a potentially negligent doctor can be due to doctors wanting to protect their own, according to some commentators. However, this may lead to a dangerous situation and lack of public trust in the system meant to protect them from medical negligence. You can find out more about this medical malpractice investigation here.

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Tesla car crash raises safety concerns with autopilot and electric car battery fires

The horrific fatal Tesla car accident has many public safety specialists quite concerned. The car collision killed two men who were both passengers in the vehicle at the time. Both men were sitting in passenger seats at the time of the fatal accident. The most obvious concern is with regards to the autopilot function that the Tesla car comes equipped with. The company insists that the autopilot function does not mean that the car can fully driver itself. Rather, the driver must actively monitor and maintain control of the vehicle. However, this is certainly not the first Tesla accident that has been blamed on the autopilot and the manufacturer is well aware of this dangerous situation. Some have questioned the sales tactics and safety claims made by the Tesla company. Road safety and consumer advocates say that the car manufacturer is shirking its responsibility by creating a hazardous condition but then just telling drivers that it’s their responsibility to maintain control over the vehicle. The company’s clear message has been that their car is safe and that the autopilot program is accurate and can prevent collisions.

Another major safety concern that has come to light in this Tesla electric vehicle accident is that of an uncontrollable car fire. The world of the electric car has grown faster than safety agencies believe is safe. They have expressed concerns regarding the dangerous car battery fires that have reignited after being put out by firefighters. The fact that quite a few car battery fires were caused by a car accident and were then more difficult to extinguish than a traditional gas-fueled vehicle has raised concerns. These car battery accidents have been well documented to cause internal damage that can lead to a fire hazard. The training and experience of firefighters have not been sufficient to prevent dangerous spread of a fire. In addition, some feel that car and battery manufacturers have ignored the safety hazard and have not provided sufficient training and advice on the matter. You can read more about the safety concerns surrounding electric vehicles here.

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Elevator accident kills assistant superintendent in Brooklyn

New York – An assistant superintendent building worker was crushed to death after being dragged into some moving elevator equipment. The elevator accident occurred after the maintenance worker was attempting to retrieve something that had fallen down into the elevator shaft. He was caught by the elevator cables as they moved along the elevator car above. Building safety specialists say that safety protocols and mechanisms should have been in place to prevent such a work accident. Some workplace safety advocates have asked why the elevator maintenance room was not properly secured with guards in place to prevent a person from getting caught up in the ropes, gears and motor. In addition, concern has arisen as to whether or not negligent maintenance or even faulty manufacturing could have contributed to such a fatal accident. Heavy machinery such as elevators require constant proper maintenance and inspections. Work accidents are a big concern for union leaders and work safety personnel. A worker’s comp injury can come about from all sorts of dangerous conditions found in the average workplace according to specialists. This can range from a car accident, to a slip and fall accident or even falling debris that can cause a head injury, internal bleeding or broken bone. An accident with injuries can easily lead to a permanent disability, sick leave and even wrongful death. You can find more details about this work accident in this article.

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FDNY fire truck involved in child pedestrian accident with serious injuries

New York – Fire Department of New York (FDNY) officials reported that one of their firefighters was driving a fire truck when it struck and injured a 7-year-old boy. The fire truck accident occurred when the firefighter was driving the truck back to the station house and hit the boy as he was walking. It is believed that the injured pedestrian was crossing the street when he was hit by the vehicle. The young accident victim was treated on the scene and then rushed to the hospital in critical condition. The specific nature of the child’s injuries were not fully clear but specialists believe that he suffered a possible head injury and may have internal bleeding. The collision occurred in Staten island and police as well as fire officials have been investigation the details surrounding to this serious accident with injuries. In the meantime, hospital officials say that they will need to continue fighting to save the life of this wounded child. Check out this article for further details about this fire truck crash.

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Bicyclist hit by a car in serious New York City car accident

New York – A bicycle accident sent the injured bicyclist to the hospital with severe and life threatening injuries. The car crash occurred on the busy streets of lower Manhattan when a car crashed into a bicycle delivery worker. The pizza deliveryman was thrown after the bicycle slammed into the windshield of the car and then hit the ground. The injured worker cyclist reportedly suffered a head injury with possible traumatic brain injury (TBI). The head injury will require extensive evaluations to determine if there’s any intracranial hemorrhaging or bleeding. A TBI is a type of brain damage that can be mild, moderate, severe or even life threatening in severity. Evaluation includes neurological and cognitive testing and often includes a cat scan (CT scan) of the brain and possibly magnetic resonance imaging (an MRI scan) to look for bleeding, hematoma and other signs of trauma. More serious cases of non-fatal TBI head injuries can leave an injury victim permanently disabled and unable to work or function. Cognitive disabilities from even more mild concussions that cause a post-concussive disorder (PCD) or syndrome can leave people with memory difficulty, emotional and personality changes as well as severe headaches, dizziness and visual disturbances. Some PCD symptoms and injuries require in depth evaluations by a neurologist, neuropsychologist and therapists. You can find out more about this worker’s injury during this bicycle crash here.

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