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Nearly 1 million Delta cribs affected by recall

This week, the news of a serious defect in cribs manufactured by Delta Enterprise Corp., of New York, NY, was released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Today the agency said the voluntary recall will affect 985,000 drop side cribs. The affected cribs are missing safety pegs, which can result in entrapment and suffocation of infants and toddlers when crib locks can disengage and detach, creating a hazardous gap. According to the CPSC release, the defect has resulted in the death of an 8-month-old child, who became entraped and suffocated. The CPSC also is aware of two additional entrapments ... Read More

U.S. Senate looking into bus safety bill

The United States Senate is looking into establishing a sweeping bus safety bill due to the amount of Americans who die each year on buses according to the Washington Post. Buses are no longer considered safe because if a bus rolls over, the outcome is usually injury or death of passengers. If a bus is broad-sided, the frame of the bus will twist, resulting in the bus’s windows popping or the passengers being thrown out of the bus. The bus safety legislation would direct the U.S. Department of Transportation to add safety precautions to motor coaches, including installing seat belts ... Read More

Former Georgia police officer wins gender discrimination suit

A former Columbus, Ga., police officer claims she didn’t file a discrimination lawsuit against the City of Columbus, the police chief and her former co-workers for the money. She did it because she wanted to stand up against race and gender discrimination in the workplace and show other women that they have the right to do so as well. Last week, Alicia Davenport, a former member of the Columbus Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Unit, was vindicated, her attorney told the Ledger-Enquirer. The jury found that Davenport, who left the force three years ago, was intentionally discriminated against because of ... Read More

EEOC files age discrimination suit against Philadelphia company

Frank Bruno tried not to answer when asked during a job interview for human resources director at Unitek USA L.L.C., “How old are you, 78?” The 51-year-old man had worked 25 years in human resources at director, corporate director and vice president levels. He knew the question crossed a line. Yet, he was a shoo-in for the job, or so top management had alluded. He just needed to sit through one last interview with the company’s major investor, Joseph Kestenbaum. And Kestenbaum was persistent about knowing how old Bruno was. Bruno finally fessed up and admitted his age. The interview came ... Read More

Defective switch can cause auto fire

CNNMoney.com reported today that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a second warning to owners of selected Ford, Lincoln and Mercury SUVs, pickups, vans and passenger cars to take their vehicles to a local dealership for a cruise control switch repair. The switch, if defective, could lead to a fire at any time, even if the cruise control switch is not in use or the vehicle is turned off, parked and unattended. NHTSA expressed concerns that only 5 million of the 12 million vehicles involved in the recall have been repaired. A similar warning was issued in ... Read More

don’t let safety take a holiday

As we head into the Labor Day holiday weekend, most people are thinking about vacation plans, fun with family and friends, and good times. But it’s important to slow down before the weekend gets going and take a moment to think about safety. There are several areas in which to be mindful when it comes to keeping yourself and those you love safe during this holiday weekend, or any time when fun and recreation is forefront. Don’t let injury spoil the good times. A big part of Labor Day weekend is the barbecue. If you’re going to be grilling out, ... Read More

Honeywell under fire

Honeywell International, Inc. is under fire from the U.S. Justice Department for manufacturing defective material used in bulletproof vests used by the country’s law enforcement and military personnel. The Associated Press reports the material, Zylon Shield, degrades quickly over time, especially in hot and humid conditions, making vests in which it is used less effective or unsafe. The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against Honeywell, saying the company had scientific data that showed Zylon Shield would not hold up long term, and sold the product to the vest manufacturer, Armor Holdings, Inc., anyway, the AP reports. The suit has ... Read More

Don’t Drive and Dial

Today, Occupational Health & Safety magazine published the results of a report from Experimental Psychology magazine, which examines why language – talking and listening, even or especially on a cell phone – may interfere with visual tasks like driving. Two different experiments, conducted by Dr. Amit Almor, a psychology researcher at the University of South Carolina, found that planning to speak and speaking put far more demands on the brain’s resources than listening. “We measured their attention level and found that subjects were four times more distracted while preparing to speak or speaking than when they were listening,” said Almor ... Read More

FEMA Trailers Toxic

On May 25, MSNBC reported that investigation continues in cases of illness resulting from FEMA trailers provided to evacuees from 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Formaldehyde was detected in the travel trailers and mobile homes in unusually high levels, and about 17,000 people are claiming the homes caused illnesses for themselves or loved ones. This report was written by MSNBC’s Spencer S. Hsu. WASHINGTON – Within days of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in August 2005, frantic officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency ordered nearly $2.7 billion worth of trailers and mobile homes to house the storm’s victims, many of them using a ... Read More