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Royal baby’s first car ride becomes a lesson in proper infant car seat restraint

Child safety advocates and followers of the Royal Family were shocked when some of the first pictures of the U.K.’s new prince emerged showing baby George, the future king, improperly fastened in his car seat on his very first car ride. Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge introduced Prince George to the public at St. Mary’s hospital on July 23. They then put him in the back of their black Range Rover and drove off. After press pictures of the event were published, some immediately took note of the baby’s potentially unsafe seating arrangement. Child care and safety experts ... Read More

Ride malfunction at Ohio amusement park injures seven

SANDUSKY, Ohio — A water thrill ride malfunctioned Friday at Cedar Point amusement park near Cleveland, Ohio, Friday, injuring seven people who were on boat that slid backward down a steep hill and flipped over in water. Investigators are at the park this week trying to determine how the malfunction occurred on the “Shoot the Rapids” ride and why some of the safety restraints were not working properly. “We heard a snap and then a clunk and then it was the loudest noise, like an explosion,” Emily Capezzuto, one of the riders, told the Sandusky Register. “Then it slid down ... Read More

Amusement ride injuries to children soar in summer, new study finds

Twenty children are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms every day during the summer months for injuries involving rides at amusement parks, fairs, malls, and other venues according to a new study published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics. But the study’s researchers found that most of the injuries don’t occur on the big, scary rides, but the seemingly harmless carousel. Analyzing emergency room records, the study’s researchers found that roller coasters accounted for 10 percent of all amusement park injuries to children. Bumper cars accounted for about 4 percent of the total injuries. But 21 percent of the injuries occurred ... Read More

Children drowning deaths peak during July 4 week, CPSC warns

All children should learn how to swim. That was one of the messages conveyed by a public advisory the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued before the Fourth of July holiday week, when the number of summer drowning injuries and deaths peaks. According to CPSC officials, 26 children on average lose their life in pool and spa-related accidents each year in the United States during the week of July 4, when thousands of gatherings take place around private and public swimming pools. The CPSC relied on data compiled by USA Swimming, the National Governing Body for the sport of ... Read More

Drowning is subtle and unrecognizable to most, unlike movie depictions

“Drowning is not the violent, splashing call for help that most people that most people expect,” says former Coast Guard rescue swimmer Mario Vittone in a story published by Slate. “There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind.” In fact, Mr. Vittone’s report explains, children sometimes drown right before their parents’ eyes simply because drowning in real life doesn’t resemble the frantic, flailing act people have come to expect from watching dramatized versions on television and in movies. Drowning is actually very undramatic, “deceptively quiet,” and subtle, and it’s usually only ... Read More

Ford introduces ‘hands-free’ texting feature to all new vehicle models

Ford Motor Company announced it is installing a new safety feature in many vehicle models that will read text messages aloud to drivers and allow them to respond hands-free with a limited number of pre-written messages. This feature is provided as part of the SYNC system in all new model vehicles and as a software update in older vehicles with the SYNC system in them. Many drivers will no doubt find the SYNC feature convenient to use behind the wheel, but the technology’s main purpose is to help drive down the number of distracted drivers. Little did cell phone developers ... Read More

Manufacturer recalls 36 million pounds of turkey after dozens fall ill

Minneapolis-based food giant Cargill is recalling 36 million pounds of turkey products while inspectors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health agencies hunt down the source of a potent salmonella outbreak that has sickened dozens of people for months and left one person dead in California. Salmonella Heidelberg, an antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacteria, began sickening people in the United States in March, with reported cases spread across 26 states from coast to coast. The recall is one of the largest and most extensive meat recalls ever. Cargill announced Wednesday that it is recalling fresh ... Read More

Two commercial truck drivers and third motorist die in South Carolina crash

The drivers of two tractor trailers and another motorist were killed Saturday morning on a stretch of Interstate 85 in Anderson County, South Carolina, after one of the commercial trucks, traveling in the southbound lanes, veered over into the northbound section of the highway and struck another 18-wheeler head on. The horrific crash injured at least two other motorists and left hundreds stranded for hours in sweltering mid-day heat. According to South Carolina State Troopers, 69-year-old Eddie Wyatt of Rockmart, Georgia, was driving southbound when his truck, bearing a “U.S. Mail Contractor” insignia on its door, veered across the highway ... Read More

A snapshot of Alabama workplace fatalities

In 2009, 70 Alabama workers were killed at their place of work or while performing some job-related activity. Every time a fatal work-related incident occurs, inspectors from the Alabama Department of Labor, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and other appropriate authorities investigate and record their findings, which are then compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to create a picture of state, regional, and national trends in work-related deaths. Some of the characteristics of Alabama’s fatal work injuries, as selected by the BLS, are: 67 of the 70 workers (96 percent) killed on the job in ... Read More

As temperatures rise, so do pool safety concerns

Swimming pools and spas are ideal for both soaking up the sun and cooling down on hot summer days, and with summer just around the corner, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission is urging parents and chaperones of young children to keep safety in the front of their minds when heading to the local pool. The reminder is more important now than ever before because this year has already been a deadly one for children in swimming pools, and the summer season hasn’t even started in most of the country. The CPSC says that there have been 75 drownings and ... Read More