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January 23rd, 2015

Grain Bin Accident Suffocates Man in Union County

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download (23)For people who have never worked on a farm, a grain bin may seem like an innocent storage device. However, working in a grain bin is one of the most dangerous occupations on the farm. Many people die every year from suffocation working in grain bins. One man recently died in Union County in a grain suffocation accident. Once he fell into the grain he sank. Co-workers were unable to rescue him, and OSHA is conducting an investigation.

The surface of a pile of grain may look smooth, but it is very easy for it to form crusts and voids. Breaking up these crusts is necessary to get all the grain out. When the crusted grain is broken through, a person in a bin may suddenly find themselves deep in the pile. Once grain is up beyond a person’s knees it’s almost impossible for them to get themselves out without assistance.
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Posted In: In The News, workers compensation, wrongful or accidental death
January 21st, 2015

Agritourism Bus Rolls, Injures Several Dozen

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download (22)An agritourism accident in Yuma has injured more than twenty people when a bus rolled over. Yuma, Arizona is known as the lettuce capital of the world. Yuma’s tourist board has been arranging tours of local fields for a long time now for foodies. The Farm to Feast tour involved riding a bus and listening to information about Yuma’s agricultural history, then having a vegetable feast made from local produce.

In this accident, the bus was driving down a dirt road between fields while carrying more than 50 people. It is presumed that the rear wheels of the bus got bogged down in sandy soil while making a tour, causing it to overturn. Most people on the bus were not injured severely, but one was flown to a trauma center and seven others were admitted to a hospital. The remaining passengers were treated and driven back.

It is unknown whether any of the injured people will sue Yuma for their not-so-tasty experience, or if Yuma’s insurance plans will cover things.
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Posted In: auto accident, In The News
January 19th, 2015

Fire Truck Skids on Black Ice Down Embankment

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download (21)Wherever you have high elevations, there is a chance of ice forming on the roads. Sometimes the ice sheets are very easy to see, but not always. When clear ice forms on the road, so-called black ice is created. A driver going across black ice may not know they’re in a dangerous situation until they’ve started to skid. On a mountain road, this can be fatal.

The people riding a fire truck in Henderson County are fortunate that nothing worse happened when their vehicle slid off of an embankment while they were responding to a vehicle accident. As they were going downhill, the truck hit black ice and skidded off the road. Three people were injured in total. One of the drivers suffered a broken collarbone and internal injuries, but has been stabilized. The other two injured parties have been released from the hospital. A fourth man wasn’t injured at all.
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Posted In: auto accident, In The News, workers compensation
January 16th, 2015

How Effective are In-Vehicle Safety Technologies?

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“Driving” the Google Self-Driving CarCar manufacturers have been working hard in recent years to add safety features to their vehicles. New technologies are intended both to reduce the impact that a crash can have on the body and to prevent a collision from occurring in the first place.  These technologies include features such as backup cameras; adaptive cruise control; forward collision warning and mitigation systems; lane departure warnings; and adaptive headlights.

Many of the advanced safety features are being offered as an optional add-on, or even as a standard feature. For example, half of all 2014 vehicles offered lane departure warning systems as an option. Despite their increasing use, there have been few studies done to determine whether they are actually working to stop collisions.  This is a problem, especially if drivers come to count on technology to stop crashes.

Ultimately, drivers need to remember that they are responsible for all of their actions behind the wheel.
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Posted In: safety tips
January 15th, 2015

Chain Reaction Crash Kills Two

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download (11)An 18-vehicle crash that happened during a snow squall in Western Pennsylvania has left two people dead. According to authorities, the chain reaction crash happened Wednesday afternoon in whiteout conditions during a snowstorm on Interstate 80 in Clarion Township. The accident involved nine semi-tractor trailers and nine passenger vehicles in the westbound lanes of the highway.

Two people were killed after having left their vehicles. One had been struck by another vehicle while the second died of internal injuries while looking for his children who had been ejected from their vehicle. The children were found and were unharmed.

Approximately 20 people were injured in the accident and were taken to Clarion Hospital and then on to Pittsburgh area hospitals. While the injuries of others who were involved in the crash were serious, none are considered to be life-threatening, with a range of injuries such as bumps and bruises to broken bones.
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Posted In: auto accident, In The News
January 11th, 2015

Teacher Injured in Schoolyard Fight

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download (10)A teacher’s aide was left injured after trying to break up a fight in the Monroe City School district leaving him with skull fractures and bleeding on the brain. According to investigators with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, a suspect has been identified for the assault on Monroe City Schools employee, David Payne, who had been trying to break up a fight that broke out in a group of teenage girls.

Video footage of the fight was posted on Facebook the day after the incident by someone identifying themselves as “Tanglewood Hard-Hita”. The video shows the fight between the girls and at the 1:10 mark on the footage shows the assault that ends with a male is shown knocking Payne out and leaving him face down on the pavement.

Payne indicated that he was trying to break up the fight between the girls when someone came behind him and punched him.
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Posted In: child accidents, In The News, workers compensation
January 9th, 2015

Truck Collides with Train in Orangeburg

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933369_railroad_crossing_sign2Accidents can happen at any time and without warning. Never is this truer than during winter months when driving conditions can turn hazardous or even deadly. That is what happened after a crash involving a pickup truck and a train left one man severely injured in Orangeburg last week.

According to investigators, the accident occurred late Friday morning at approximately 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of US 301 and Magnolia Street. While the investigation is still currently ongoing and there were several witnesses to the crash, the accident left a man severely injured when his truck struck an oncoming train.

An initial 911 call indicated that someone was trapped in the truck. Some good Samaritans pulled the driver of the pickup to safety and administered CPR until emergency crews arrived on the scene.

Rescuers indicate that the injuries the driver sustained are life-threatening. The identity and the current condition of the driver have not been released.
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Posted In: auto accident, In The News
January 9th, 2015

Making New Year’s Resolutions

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Docklands Fireworks (Explored!)Making New Years resolutions is a time-honored tradition and many people in South Carolina likely resolved to begin exercising more this year in order to get healthier.  While exercise can help you lose weight, fight disease and feel better in many ways, there are also some risks to using exercise equipment.

If you are injured by a faulty exercise machine or by unsafe conditions at your gym, you need to understand the legal options that you have. A Charleston personal injury lawyer can help you to pursue a claim under premises liability laws or based on strict liability for defective products.

Exercise Equipment Can Cause Serious Injury

Exercise equipment can be very dangerous when it malfunctions. NBC News reports that each year around 50,000 visits to emergency rooms occur when people get hurt while using exercise equipment. Treadmills are particularly high risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 575 serious injuries occurred because people fell off treadmills, tripped over them or tripped on them.
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Posted In: safety tips
January 7th, 2015

Packaging Plant Finds SUV in Office

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download (11)The employees of one office building in Greer are fortunate that only the building got damaged in a recent crash. The driver of an SUV was injured after it crashed through the outer wall of a packaging plant. There were employees on the offices to either side of the crash, but thankfully not the one the driver ran into.

The crash happened just before 9:30 AM at Monroe Packaging. The driver suffered a back fracture and was concerned with letting his wife know what happened. The office had to be evacuated because of a gas leak, though whether it was from the building or from the SUV is uncertain.

We don’t know why the SUV leapt the curb and crashed into the building. Was it driver error, or perhaps mechanical error? If there was a mechanical problem with the vehicle that caused the crash, that could be grounds to sue the manufacturer.
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Posted In: In The News
January 6th, 2015

Rocket Cart Poses Hidden Hazards to Employees

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Gary-Christmas-New-PhotoAttorney Gary Christmas says injured employees are not to blame

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC – AN INTERNAL investigation by manufacturer of the “Rocket Cart” places blame on injured employees. But attorney Gary Christmas of Howell and Christmas, LLC says that an investigation indicates the fault may lie with the product itself in some cases.

The “Rocket Cart” is a merchandise cart used by employees at various retailers, such as Wal-Mart, to move merchandise throughout the store with the purpose of restocking shelves. It has recently been discovered that the cart design is defective. The upper shelf of the cart false latches only to later fall and strike the employee maneuvering the cart.

Christmas says employees need to beware.

“Employees around the country are being injured by these defective carts,” he said. “Workers at retail establishments use these carts daily, and reports of employee injury are mounting.”

Christmas says that even though an internal investigation by manufacturers Win-Holt and National Cart place the blame on the employee, many carts have been retrofitted with a safety device.
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Posted In: In The News