September 2011 Archives

Protect Yourself from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

On July 1, 2011, a new law went into effect requiring carbon monoxide detectors be placed in most California homes. The Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010 (Cal. Health & Safety Code §§ 13260 et seq.) was signed into law this year. The law requires all single-family homes with an attached garage or a fossil fuel source to install carbon monoxide alarms within the home. Owners of multi-family leased or rental dwellings, such as apartment buildings, have until January 1, 2013 to comply with the law. Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is an odorless, colorless gas. You can't see it, smell it, or taste it; but carbon monoxide can kill you. CO is produced from heaters, fireplaces, furnaces and many types of appliances and cooking devices. If appliances are not working properly or are used incorrectly, dangerous levels of CO can result. Hundreds of people die accidentally every year from CO poisoning caused by malfunctioning or improperly used fuel-burning appliances. Even more die from CO produced by idling cars. San Jose Mercury News reported an average of 480 people across the nation each year die from carbon monoxide poisoning. A recent study conducted by First Alert found that nearly nine out of 10 California households were not in compliance with the national recommendation for the number of carbon monoxide detectors required in a home.

Police reports & your personal injury case

Police reports are usually generated by police officers investigating the scene of an accident. They usually contain information like the time, date, place, names of witnesses, and a description of the accident, including the police officer's own thoughts and opinions. Many individuals involved in accidents where a police report was prepared will rely on its conclusions and in frustration sometimes declare, "But the police report said it was his fault!"

Police reports & your personal injury case

Police reports are usually generated by police officers investigating the scene of an accident. They usually contain information like the time, date, place, names of witnesses, and a description of the accident, including the police officer's own thoughts and opinions. Many individuals involved in accidents where a police report was prepared will rely on its conclusions and in frustration sometimes declare, "But the police report said it was his fault!"

Notre Dame settles case regarding scissor lift death

The University of Notre Dame settled with the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) for penalties resulting from the October 2010 death of Declan Sullivan. Sullivan was a 20 year old film student, who was employed by the athletic department to record football practice from a 40 foot tall hydraulic scissor lift. The lift toppled over during practice due to high winds. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory that day, and recorded gusts over 50 miles per hour around the time of the accident.
Notre Dame will make a donation to a memorial fund for Declan in an undisclosed amount, as well as implement a nationwide safety education program to educate other schools on the safe use of scissor lifts in exchange for reduced fines. Notre Dame will now pay $42,000 in fines, instead of $77,500 for six safety violations. The violations included failing to adequately train students on the use of lifts, failing to keep an operator's manual on the lift, and allowing untrained employees to use the lifts with knowledge that a wind advisory was in effect. (See Notre Dame's internal report here).

Cupertino gas explosion reveals more PG&E gas leaks

A Cupertino home was involved in a gas explosion yesterday, authorities report. PG&E crews found seven leaks in nearby pipes, but they are unsure exactly what caused the blast. State regulators are investigating the blast. According to the San Jose Mercury News, "The explosion partially engulfed the townhome in flames at 20299 Northwest Square, Jarvis said. When firefighters from Sunnyvale and Cupertino arrived, they found the garage door lying in the driveway and the side door of the garage off its hinges, lying in the bushes.

Cupertino gas explosion reveals more PG&E gas leaks

A Cupertino home was involved in a gas explosion yesterday, authorities report. PG&E crews found seven leaks in nearby pipes, but they are unsure exactly what caused the blast. State regulators are investigating the blast. According to the San Jose Mercury News, "The explosion partially engulfed the townhome in flames at 20299 Northwest Square, Jarvis said. When firefighters from Sunnyvale and Cupertino arrived, they found the garage door lying in the driveway and the side door of the garage off its hinges, lying in the bushes.

Aftermath of Hurricane Irene: Injuries, Health Risks, and Deaths

As of Monday August 29, 2011, Hurricane Irene took the lives of at least 38 individuals from 11 different states. One death was due to a tree falling on an 89 year-old woman, and another man from the same state was killed when his canoe capsized as he was floating down a flooded street. Other deaths that happened were due to rough waves, being electrocuted, being stuck in a flooded car, downing in a cottage, and a car accident after the traffic lights went out.

Aftermath of Hurricane Irene: Injuries, Health Risks, and Deaths

As of Monday August 29, 2011, Hurricane Irene took the lives of at least 38 individuals from 11 different states. One death was due to a tree falling on an 89 year-old woman, and another man from the same state was killed when his canoe capsized as he was floating down a flooded street. Other deaths that happened were due to rough waves, being electrocuted, being stuck in a flooded car, downing in a cottage, and a car accident after the traffic lights went ou 

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