Lessons From the Florida Building Collapse: What We Can Learn About Staying Safe In Old Buildings

After a year of COVID dominating international headlines, 2021 gave us another terrible story on which to fixate: the building collapse in Surfside, Florida. This tragedy involved a beachfront condominium, which suffered a partial collapse in the middle of the night — when most residents were at home sleeping. The horrific pancake-style collapse caused entire floors to be condensed into just a few inches. In the first several weeks after the collapse, several alarming reports of building degradation have been uncovered. It’s increasingly clear that the condominium was in dire need of repairs at the time of the incident. This…

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Diving into Pool Safety

With summer right around the corner and temperatures on the rise, many families will soon be looking for ways to get out of the house and cool down. State and local governments are beginning to relax pandemic restrictions in accordance with CDC guidelines, meaning beaches and pools are once again becoming tempting escapes. After being away for so long, it can be easy to forget how dangerous any body of water can be, particularly for children. Before your next trip to the public pool, read through these quick suggestions for the best ways to keep you and your family safe:…

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How Strength and Balance Training Can Help Seniors Avoid Slip And Fall Injuries

Slip and fall injuries are both common and devastating for seniors, who are vulnerable to everything from concussions to broken bones. While these accidents can’t always be avoided, certain exercises can reduce risk by making it easier to maintain your balance or respond quickly to a sudden slip. The following moves are especially helpful: Sit to Stand: This simple exercise improves both leg strength and general balance. All it requires is a sturdy chair. Begin by sitting with your feet flat on the ground. Position yourself near the front of the seat. Lean your chest towards your toes to shift…

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The Surprising Hazards of Staying Inside

From car accidents to falls on icy sidewalks, a variety of hazards seem poised to strike the moment you leave your home. In reality, however, the indoors can be just as risky. Often, the greatest problems of staying inside aren’t evident until it’s too late. Time spent inside can increase the potential for suffering the following issues: Tripping and Falling Uneven flooring, unorganized cords, and a variety of other indoor issues can increase your likelihood of tripping. Falling is also common in homes with steep staircases. Unexpected falls are responsible for many serious injuries, including broken bones, sprains, and concussions….

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Updated Rules Governing Lead in Drinking Water

Since 1991, the Environmental Protection Agency’s lead and copper rule has governed our nation’s efforts to reduce lead in drinking water. This rule has often been criticized as overly complicated, under-enforced, and insufficiently strong to protect Americans’ health. However, as of just recently, the federal government provided a revised 409-page version of the lead and copper rule that provides new protections and closes previously available loopholes. The Good Under the new revisions, water utilities are required to test for lead at schools and child-care facilities every five years, and must do the same at secondary schools upon request. In addition,…

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Washington Gas Fined $750,000 Following Deadly Flower Branch Apartments Explosion

  On August 10, 2016, an explosion rocked the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, Maryland, killing seven people and injuring dozens more.  Following a lengthy investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the cause of the explosion was likely due to a disconnected vent line and the failure of a mercury service regulator, equipment that controls the pressure of natural gas entering a building. In 2003, Washington Gas sought a rate increase to launch its mercury service regulator replacement program.  It estimated that more than 66,000 mercury service regulators, each 40-60 years old, would be replaced with…

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What Happens When You Get Hurt Inside a Hospital?

Hospital-acquired infections represent one of the greatest sources of danger in today’s health care system, but many other hazards place patients at risk. Surprisingly, personal injury issues associated with small business premises often occur within hospitals and clinics. Hospital-based negligence can involve everything from uneven walkways to puddles. When such injuries occur, the personal injury process sometimes looks different than a typical medical malpractice lawsuit, as we explain below: Premises Liability Versus Medical Malpractice Don’t assume that you’re automatically eligible for medical malpractice damages simply because you were injured while visiting a hospital. You may be surprised to discover that…

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The Three Most Common Workplace Injuries According to OSHA

Workplace injuries occur more frequently than you might think. In fact, many thousands of workplace injuries happen each year. While the most workplace injuries occur in construction, these injuries can affect anyone in any industry. Here are the three most common workplace injuries according to the statistics. Slips, Trips, and Falls Slips, trips, and falls account for the majority of workplace injuries. Slips, trips, and falls most often occur due to unsafe work conditions. Wet floors that are not marked properly, objects in walkways, and not using fall protection are the most common reasons for slips, trips, and falls. While…

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The Dangers of Trampoline Parks

Backyard trampolines received a lot of negative press a few years back, but until recently, most people have been willing to look the other way for their larger and potentially more dangerous counterpart: trampoline parks. These parks offer an exciting experience for thrill seekers of all ages. Unfortunately, they’re also incredibly dangerous. Below, we examine some of the biggest threats underlying the recent increase in trampoline park injuries. Common Trampoline Park Injuries While both at-home trampolines and trampoline parks can prompt sprains and fractures, research suggests that sprains are more likely to occur at trampoline parks — as are dislocated…

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Dangers of Snow Shoveling — And How to Protect Yourself

Like it or not, winter is still here. The snow may look beautiful, but it’s sure annoying when you’re in a hurry to leave home. It’s also dangerous; in 2015, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that 158,000 people visited emergency rooms or clinics due to injuries related to manual snow removal. Don’t be another statistic; follow these simple tips to stay safe: Invest in a Snow Blower The simplest solution to the hassles and dangerous of shoveling? A quality snow blower. This is a particularly valuable investment if you suffer arthritis or have previously injured your back….

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